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Background of World Rural Women's Day

Following the 4th UN World Conference on Women in Beijing, 1995, the International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP) , the Women's World Summit Foundation (WWSF), and Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) - all equally concerned with the situation facing women in rural areas - proposed to designate a specific day each year to highlight the largely unrecognized contribution of rural women - mainly farmers - the world over, to food security and to the development of the rural areas.

Because of their key role in the production, management and use of food and natural resources, it was suggested that World Rural Women's Day fall on the 15th October - the day before World Food Day. Celebrated for the first time in 1996, the organizers are now launching a worldwide awareness and information campaign to make World Rural Women's Day a truly global event. Using different networks to ensure as wide an impact and as broad an outreach as possible, this information drive is an essential first step to make World Rural Women's Day an annual and ongoing global event to raise the profile of rural women and bring them out of obscurity, to sensitize government and public to their crucial role, and promote action in their support.

For the annual celebration, a World Rural Women's Day poster has been produced. We hope your organization will display this poster in a prominent place. Information about the day and possible activities are outlined on the reverse side. Celebrations to mark this day will be taken independently by different organizations in their own way according to their own priorities and traditions. It is important, however, that activities or events be concrete and visible. We wish your organization every success in marking this important event for rural women the world over. Any feedback from your event: reports, press releases, news clippings and photos would be most welcome.

An annual Impact sheet is disseminated to show local and national events organized on World Rural Women's Day.

For more information, and to order posters, please contact the coordinator of World Rural Women's Day, Elly Pradervand at:
PO Box 2001
1211 Geneva 1, Switzerland
Ph: (+41 22) 738.66.19
Fax (+41 22) 738.82.48

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