International Diaspora Conference celebrates rural women

International Diaspora Conference celebrates rural women

On the occasion of the United Nations’ International Day of Rural Women, an international conference is organized on Saturday October 15 in The Hague, the Netherlands. Women on Wings’ co-founder Maria van der Heijden and joint managing director Shilpa Mittal Singh are speakers at the conference.

Each year on October 15, the United Nations’ International Day of Rural Women celebrates and honors the role of rural women. It recognizes rural women’s importance in enhancing agricultural and rural development worldwide. According to the ‘2007 revision of World Urbanization Prospects’ by the United Nations, India would continue to have the largest rural population in the world until 2050. 68.84% of Indian population lives in around 6,41,000 villages across India.

The one‐day international conference on October 15, is jointly organized by the Foundation for Critical Choices for India (FCCI) and the Indian Diaspora Europe (FIDE), in cooperation with Women on Wings. The conference has two key objectives:
1) Highlighting and acknowledging the work of Indian rural women and their values
2) Identifying the challenges faced by majority of Indian rural women and recognizing possible solutions based on good practices and key success stories

The conference starts at 10AM followed by a cultural program at 6PM. More information about registration, speakers and the full day program can be found on the website of the Indian Diaspora.

“Through this partnership with Women on Wings, we want to enable more women to earn their own income that will give them greater financial means to improve their livelihoods. Economic independence for women means more children can go to school, more meals per day for their families and communities, and an overall better standard of living for them and future generations”

Ilan Vuddumalay
C&A Foundation