Rural women depend mostly on natural resources and agriculture for their livelihoods, accounting for a quarter of the world's population as a whole.
In developing countries, rural women make up about 43 percent of the agricultural workforce and produce, process and prepare much of the food available, placing the heavy responsibility for food security on them.
Given that 76 percent of the population living in extreme poverty is in rural areas, guaranteeing rural women's access to productive agricultural resources empowers women and contributes to reducing hunger and poverty in the world .
For more information visit the site UN WOMEN - Empowering rural women through the SDGs (http://www.unwomen.org/es/news/in-focus/rural-women-food-poverty)
The first International Day of Rural Women, was observed on October 15, 2008.
This new international day, established by the General Assembly in its resolution 62/136
PDF document (http://www.un.org/es/comun/docs/?symbol=A/RES/62/136), of December 18, 2007, recognizes «the decisive role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in promoting agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty ”.