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UN System Observances for International Women's Day 2012

The United Nations theme for International Women's Day 2012, marked on 8 March annually, is "Empower Rural Women — End Hunger and Poverty." This web package highlights official UN system observances for IWD and includes related statements, events and resources. Read more »



Closing the Gap Between Men and Women in Agriculture

The world cannot eliminate hunger without closing the gap between men and women in agriculture. With equal access to productive resources and services, such as land, water and credit, women farmers can produce 20 to 30 percent more food, enough to lift 150 million people out of hunger.

Video available in: English | Spanish |French | Chinese | Russian.

[Producer: FAO]

Gender and Rural Microfinance: A Learning Route in Uganda

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and PROCASUR launched an initiative to strengthen women's access to micro financial services. The objective of this activity was also to target practitioners of the rural microfinance industry and assist them with generating effective microfinance programs for both women and men. [Producers: FAO; IFAD; PROCASUR]

Colombia: Wayuu Gold, Fighting for Access to Fresh Water

In some parts of the world it's as rare as gold — and getting a hold of some, nearly impossible. To one of Colombia's largest indigenous groups indigenous groups, Wayuu, that gold is fresh water. Soon their water will be siphoned from Wayuu lands through new pipes to a nearby town, where the population is not indigenous. As struggles for ethnic rights, such as access to water, are recreated across the country, the community deals with an additional strain on their resources — climate change. Due to a changing climate, water has become even scarcer, leaving the community without a wet season for up to two years at times — before they would at least get this yearly. This documentary tracks one extraordinary woman fighting for her community's very survival. [Producer: UN Women, 21st Century]