Today marks International Day of Rural Women

Today marks International Day of Rural Women

Today marks International Day of Rural Women

Written by Staff Writer

15 Oct, 2016 | 10:08 pm

Today marks the International Day of Rural Women.

The first International Day of Rural Women was observed on October 15,  2008. It was established by the United Nations to recognise the critical role and contribution of rural women.

The UN notes that rural women, the majority of whom depend on natural resources and agriculture for their livelihoods, make up over a quarter of the total world population.

In developing countries, rural women represent approximately 43 percent of the agricultural labour force, and produce, process and prepare much of the food available, thereby giving them primary responsibility for food security.

While 50% of the rural women of Sri Lanka are engaged working in their households, recently those who are engaged in their traditional employment have sought foreign employment.

During the first nine months of 2016, a total of 63,231 women have sought foreign employment and an increase of 7% has been recorded in terms of the female labour representation in the industrial production.

There are many days allocated for women, however all women in the world are constantly struggling to win what they deserve.

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