St Lucia to celebrate International Rural Women's Day

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CASTRIES, St Lucia -- 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 which will be celebrated on October 15, 2009. The exhibition will be held under the theme: “Valuing the Contribution of Rural Women to the Development of St Lucia” and will showcase a wide variety of products and other areas in which rural women contribute to the growth and development of the Saint Lucian Society.

The event which will be held at the Micoud Multi-purpose Center will be opened to the all sectors of the society.

World Rural Women's Day takes place each year on the 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.

It was suggested that 15 October 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. “World Rural Women’s Day” has been celebrated, primarily by civil society, across the world for over a decade.

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