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IAW statement for CSW 62: Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls: Rural women are active agents of economic and social change and environmental protection. However, they are in many ways constrained in their roles as farmers, producers, investors, caregivers, and consumers.

Rural women comprise 1 in 4 people worldwide and they constitute a large share of the agricultural workforce. They play an essential role in ensuring food and nutrition security, eradicating rural poverty and improving the well-being of their families.

Yet, they continue to face serious challenges as a result of gender-based stereotypes that deny them equitable access to opportunities, resources, assets, and services.

The Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is intrinsically linked to the lives of women and girls globally, including that of rural women who are vital to its success. The goals to end hunger, achieve food security, and improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture as well as the goals to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment are particularly focused on rural women.

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IAW statement for CSW 62: Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls: Rural women are active agents of economic and social change and environmental protection. However, they are in many ways constrained in their roles as farmers, producers, investors, caregivers, and consumers.Rural women comprise 1 in 4 people worldwide and they constitute a large share of the agricultural workforce. They play an essential role in ensuring food and nutrition security, eradicating rural poverty and improving the well-being of their families.Yet, they continue to face serious challenges as a result of gender-based stereotypes that deny them equitable access to opportunities, resources, assets, and services.The Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is intrinsically linked to the lives of women and girls globally, including that of rural women who are vital to its success. The goals to e