Farmers work hard year round to provide us with wholesome, nutritious food for your family. For many, this is a 24/7/365 job. However, let’s not forget about the women of the operation.
On many farms, women work side by side with their husbands and families. My Granny is a great example of this. She was a city girl from Tacoma, Washington, who married a dairy farmer from Enumclaw, Washington. My Grandpa worked at the mill and ran the farm. While he was at the mill, she would clean the barn, get things ready for the next milking and do anything around the farm that needed to be done. She even did this when she was pregnant with my mom, aunt and uncle. It took both of them to successfully run the farm. Today, my grandparents are in their 80s and while we don’t milk cows anymore, we still have the farm and cows to eat down the pastures. Granny spends much less time in the barn now, but she’s still the glue that holds our family together.
Why am I telling you this?
Rural women are an essential part of society. As you can see from Granny’s story, many farms could not survive without the help of both the husband and wife.
In fact, the world has been celebrating the International Day of Rural Women on October 15th every year since its creation in 2008. This day recognizes the role of rural women in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.
Television, radio, online, and print media broadcast or publish special features to promote the day. Panel discussions, research papers, and conferences are also held to review and analyze rural women’s role in society, particularly in areas such as economic improvement and agricultural development.
Other activities and events held to promote the day include:
- Global exchange programs for women in agriculture.
- The launch of fundraising projects to support rural women.
- Expos and workshops showcasing rural women’s contribution to their societies.
- Strategic meetings to present issues on topics, such as empowering women farmers, to policy makers.
Some world leaders inspired by this initiative previously proclaimed October 15th as International Rural Women’s Day, drawing special focus on the role of rural women in their countries.