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PIA Press Release
2009/10/14

RP observes National Rural Women's Day on October 15

Tacloban City (October 14) -- Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno called on local chief executives all over the country to initiate simple and fitting activities to celebrate the Rural Women's Day on October 15, thru DILG Memo Circular No. 2009-142.

The celebration is pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 1105 issued in 1997 declaring every 15th day of October as the National Rural Women's Day, in consonance with the celebration of the World Rural Women's Day.

This year's celebration carries the theme "Paigtingin at Palawakin ang Pakikilahok ng Kababaihan Para sa Pagbabagong may Pagkapantay-pantay."

The United Nations concluding comments to the Philippines' implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women call for the acceleration of women's equal participation in political and public life, with special attention to the rural women, indigenous women and Muslim women.

The UN further challenges the State to improve women's access to health care, social security, education, clean water and sanitation services, fertile land, income generation opportunities and participation in the decision-making processes.

Considering the role of women in nation building, the DILG suggested the conduct of activities such as hanging of streamers, briefing or reading of message to rural women during the Flag Raising Ceremonies, organizing for a or town hall meeting on the subject matter and conducting other activities relevant to rural women, indigenous women and Muslim women.

The idea of a World Rural Women's Day to be devoted each year to honor rural women began at a UN Conference for Women in Beijing in September 1995. The International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP), Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW), Network of African Rural Women Associations (NARWA), and the Women's World Summit Foundation (WWSF) were the main proponents of the day.

This was considered a practical way of obtaining recognition and support for the multiple roles of rural women who are mostly farmers and small entrepreneurs. Rural women make up more than a quarter of the world population. They contribute to the well-being of their families and the development of rural economies. Because of their key role in food production and food security, it was decided that the World Rural Women's Day fall on the 15 October, the day before the World Food Day. (PIA 8) [top]

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