St. Lucia Celebrates International Rural Women’s Day


Anselma Aimable reports that the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) in collaboration with the St. Lucia Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Forestry and Fisheries and partners will be hosting an exhibition in commemoration of International Day of Rural Women, celebrated on October 15, 2009. Open to the public-at-large, the event will be held at the Micoud Multi-Purpose Center.

The exhibition— “Valuing the Contribution of Rural Women to the Development of St. Lucia”—  will showcase a wide variety of products and areas in which rural women contribute to the growth and will be opened to the all sectors of the society.

World Rural Women’s Day takes place each year on October 15. It was launched by several international NGO’s during the 4th UN World Conference on Women in Beijing 1995. A worldwide empowerment and educational campaign is organized annually by the Women’s World Summit Foundation. Celebrations and events take place in more than 100 countries around the world. For over a decade, “World Rural Women’s Day” has been celebrated. It was suggested that October 15 be celebrated as “World Rural Women’s Day,” the eve of World Food Day, in order to highlight the role played by rural women in food production and food security, across the world

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