International Day of Rural Women 2023

Young women standing with bamboo mat and rice paddy landscape behind her
Photo: Mokhamad Edliadi/CIFOR.

International Day of Rural Women 2023 takes places on Sunday, October 15, 2023, and is designed to celebrate the essential roles that rural women play in food systems.

Sixty-six percent of working women in sub-Saharan Africa, seventy-one percent of working women in Southern Asia, and one-third of working women globally are employed in agri-food systems.

They hold central roles as producers, workers, processors, traders, retailers and consumers in food systems, and their efforts are essential to progress towards greater resilience and justice in agri-food systems.

On this occasion, we highlight some of CGIAR's research on technologies and innovations that support rural women to realize greater opportunities, benefits and leadership opportunities.

Getting rural women ahead with gender-responsive technologies