Message by Ghulam M. Isaczai, UN Resident Coordinator in Azerbaijan, to participants of the event dedicated to International Rural Women Day -

Message by Ghulam M. Isaczai, UN Resident Coordinator in Azerbaijan, to participants of the event dedicated to International Rural Women Day

 Message by Ghulam M. Isaczai, UN Resident Coordinator in
Azerbaijan, to participants of the event dedicated to
International Rural Women Day

Dear Gulbaniz Ganbarova, Chairperson of Azerbaijan Rural Women’s Association,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am pleased to convey my message to you on International Rural Women Day, which is
observed since 2008.
This 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.”
Indeed, the empowerment of rural women and girls is essential to building a prosperous,
equitable and peaceful future for all on a healthy planet.
It is needed for achieving gender equality, ensuring decent work for all, eradicating poverty and
hunger and taking climate action.
The United Nations in Azerbaijan also supports rural women in this country to help them grow
professionally and realize their business ideas.
The Women’s Resource Centres in Azerbaijan, supported by UNDP, are doing precisely this,
equipping women in rural areas with tools and resources to help them launch their own
businesses.
Since their launch in 2011, the Women Resource Centres have provided more than 6,000
women with free training courses on a range of hard and soft skills – from accounting and
financial literacy, computer science, fundraising, and women’s human and economic rights, to
resumé writing, presentation skills and networking.
I am happy to hear that the Azerbaijani Rural Women’s Association, a national network of
Women Development and Enterprise Groups, in less than a one-year-existence managed to
bring together 460 active rural women from 14 districts of Azerbaijan
Such organisations give women spaces to meet, network, exchange ideas, forge partnerships,
attract capital and gain confidence. In rural and remote areas especially, such spaces can be
instrumental in helping women to learn more about their rights, discover untapped potential,
and overcome obstacles that once seemed insurmountable.
I congratulate you on International Rural Women Day and wish you the best of luck in your
activities and new initiatives.
Thank you!

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