Rural Women

COVID widening gender gap in Pakistan

In Pakistan, women are major contributors to agricultural production and food security for their families, but like many other nations, the COVID pandemic has exacerbated an already alarming gender gap there.

Mina Dowlatchahi, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Representative to Pakistan, explains to Charlotta Lomas, how the UN agency is supporting women in the countryside, despite the corrosive impact of the pandemic. 

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Women’s internet access still trailing men ‘and gap is growing’: ITU

Although almost nine in 10 people in developed countries use the internet, in poorer regions, only a fraction of that number goes online. That’s the latest finding from ITU, the International Telecommunications Union, which in a new report, highlights how more women than ever are missing out on potential digital gains.

In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, the agency’s Dr​ Susan Teltscher explains why it’s often women in rural areas who suffer most.

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SDGs offer a real opportunity to improve womens’ land rights

“Empowering women empowers the whole home.”

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UN agency works to transform lives of rural women and girls

“If poverty had a face, it would be the face of a rural woman.”

That’s the opinion expressed by the newly appointed Vice- President at the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Cornelia Richter.

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Growing new lives for rural women in Sudan & CAR aid chief

Welcome to our latest UN and Africa podcast, from UN News.

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News In Brief 12 March 2018

  • “Highest ever number” of Syrian children died in 2017: UNICEF report
  • “Proud feminist” Guterres praises women “calling out” abuse and discrimination
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Rural Women could decrease worldwide hunger by up to 17 percent.

Born and raised in the forests of Suriname on South America’s northern coast, Fidelia Graand-Galon is a unique voice among rural indigenous women.

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Rural women in Afghanistan feeling 'left behind'

Rural women in Afghanistan are feeling increasingly isolated and deprived of their rights compared with women living in towns and cities.

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Bringing hope and prosperity to Afghan women

Rural women in Afghanistan’s Bamyan province are using a traditional craft to weave a brighter future for their families.

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UN agencies commit to put rural women at centre stage of development

Two United Nations agency chiefs today committed to work together to empower rural women through investment in education, economic integration and security initiatives.