Indian Rural Women: Role Models,

Achievements & Challenges

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Rural Women celebrates and honors the role of rural women on October 15 each year. It recognizes rural women’s importance in enhancing agricultural and rural development worldwide.

The first International Day of Rural Women was observed on 15 October 2008. This new international day, established by the General Assembly in its resolution 62/136 of 18 December 2007, recognizes “the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.”

According to the “2007 revision of World Urbanization Prospects” by the United Nations, India would continue to have the largest rural population in the world until 2050. 68.84% of Indian population lives in around 6,41,000 villages across India.

India is a country of contradictions. On the one hand, women are worshipped as deities, without whose blessings, work cannot be initiated. On the other hand, they faced several challenges on day to day basis. Rural women are a vital part of the Indian economy, constituting one‐third of the national labour force and a major contributor to the survival of the family the poorer the family, the greater its dependence on women's income. Despite progress in several key indicators, a gender analysis of most social and economic data demonstrates that women in India continue to be relatively disadvantaged in matters of survival, health, nutrition, literacy, productivity, employment, entrepreneurship, local administration. Yet there are numerous success stories where rural women individually or as a group achieved unthinkable.

The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have gender equality and women’s empowerment at their core, and include a target to “double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small‐scale food producers, in particular women”. Indeed, rural women are critical to the success of almost all of the 17 SDGs (

The proposed one‐day International conference jointly organised by FCCI and FIDE on the occasion of “United Nations International Day of Rural Women” on 15th October 2016 has two key objectives,

1) Highlighting and acknowledging the work of Indian rural women and their values.

2) Identifying the challenges faced by majority of Indian rural women and recognising possible solutions based on good practices and key success stories.

Foundation for Critical Choices for India (FCCI) is a think tank and focal point for initiating and implementing studies and programs on issues of strategic importance to India in social, political, economic fields by mobilizing the resources of non‐resident Indians (NRIs) / persons of Indian origin (PIOs). The proposed international conference is jointly organised by FCCI and FIDE, will provide

Venue: Bharat Bhawan
Tesselsestraat 67, The Hague, The Netherlands

Date: Saturday, 15th October 2016

Time: 10:00 – 19:00

Price: Entree fee is € 20,-  Students € 10,- (Required to show student ID at the gate)

Includes conference fee, lunch, drinks and snacks and the cultural programme.


To participate in this unique conference registration via is mandatory.

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