Kaptur introduces Congressional Resolution to honor International Day of Rural Women

October 25, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) today introduced a House Resolution to commemorate, International Day of Rural Women, in recognition of women farmers around the world.

“Women serve as the bedrock of society. They feed the world’s families. They feed our neighbors, and our countrymen,” said Kaptur. “Women are important role models for younger generations. Unfortunately, despite this, they still face many societal and economic limitations both here and abroad.”

“This Resolution shines a light on women farmers and empowers them to succeed as entrepreneurs. It calls on the people of the U.S. and the world to recognize their critical contribution and to recommit to reducing these barriers and limitations,” Kaptur continued.

Watch Kaptur’s floor speech here:

The Resolution has eight cosponsors, which include: Reps. McGovern (MA), Welch (VT), DeLauro (CT), Evans (PA), Khanna (CA), Holmes Norton (DC), and Pingree (ME).

According to the U.N., rural women make up over one quarter of the total world population and represent approximately 43 percent of the agricultural labor force. They play a critical role in agricultural productivity, in terms of food security and economic stability. Women serve as the bedrock of society, feed their families, neighbors, and countrymen, and are important role models for younger generations. Despite their critical role, they face considerable societal limitations and constraints in their access to resources. Food security and economic stability around the world are central to the interests of the United States.

This Resolution shines a light on women farmers and empowers them to succeed as entrepreneurs. It calls on the people of the United States and interested groups to recognize women farmers for their critical role and recommit to reducing limitations and breaking down barriers to their success to ensure more stable and prosperous societies.

Resolution Text:

Recognizing the International Day of Rural Women on October 15, 2017, in celebration of women farmers around the world.

Whereas rural women make up over one quarter of the total world population, represent approximately 43 percent of the agricultural labor force, and play a critical role in agricultural productivity, both in terms of food security and economic security;

Whereas women serve as the bedrock of society, feeding their families, neighbors, and countrymen, and are important role models for younger generations;

Whereas women-led agricultural efforts remain significant untapped potential for countries around the world, such as in Ukraine, which is the breadbasket of Europe and where Ukrainian women play an outsized role in agricultural production, producing 80 percent of the country’s vegetables and fruit crops and 60 percent of the hogs consumed domestically;

Whereas women’s involvement in rural projects leads to greater productivity, such as in Peru where women’s participation in a rural road project led to more robust transportation networks and higher incomes;

Whereas women farmers continue to face considerable societal limitations and constraints in their access to resources, despite their important role in ensuring food security for their communities;

Whereas technology and informative extension services in rural areas allow for more modern and effective farming practices, yet, for example in Zambia, many of the poorest farmers who are women were underserved in development outreach;

Whereas women farmers in China work over 50 percent of the country’s overall labor hours in agriculture, yet are excluded from signing contracts in farming schemes;

Whereas giving rural women the power and ability to cultivate nutritious and ample food positively impacts the physical and cognitive development of the next generation, leading to healthier and more productive citizenry;

Whereas there is great opportunity for economic and societal development in any nation that shines a light on women farmers and empowers them to succeed as entrepreneurs;

and Whereas food security and economic stability around the world require the success of women farmers and are central to the interests of the United States:

Now, therefore,

Resolved, That the House of Representatives—

(1) recognizes the International Day of Rural Women; and

(2) calls on the people of the United States and interested groups to—

(A) celebrate rural women as integral members of societies and economies around the world;

(B) recognize women farmers for their role in feeding their families and fellow countrymen and for their productivity which helps maintain economic stability and stronger democracies;

(C) ensure rural women have access to the tools and productive resources they need to engage in entrepreneurship; and

(D) recommit to reducing limitations, breaking down barriers to success, and prioritizing initiatives that wholly support rural women farmers at the local level to ensure more stable and prosperous societies.

 

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