October 15: International Day of Rural Women

Every year International Day of Rural Women is celebrated on October 15 by the United Nations and various other international organizations. This year, the International Day of Rural Women is being celebrated under the following theme

Theme: Building Rural Women’s resilience in the wake of COVID-19


The day mainly focuses on the indigenous population and aims to enhance rural development. The resolution to mark October 15 as International Day of Rural Women was adopted by the United Nations in 2007. The day was marked for the first time in 2008. The measures to improve lives of rural women are supported by UN Women, International Labour Organization, Food and Agriculture Organization.

The day recognises the services of rural women.

Major Women Empowerment Schemes in India

Beti Bachao Beti Padao Scheme

It was launched in 2015. The scheme was launched to prevent gender-biased sex selection in the educating children of the country. It ensures participation of every girl child in the welfare schemes of the government towards education. The scheme aims to ensure protection of every girl child.

One Stop Centre Scheme

The scheme aims to provide support to women that are affected by violence. It helps the women victims of sexual abuse, harassment and other forms of violence to file FIR (first Information Report). It also provides legal, medical and rehabilitation and all other needs to the victims in a single place.


It was launched in 2018. It caters primary needs of women such as food, clothing, and medical treatment. It also provides legal aid to the women.

Mahila Shakti Puraskar

It was launched in 2016. The scheme aims to strengthen the role and place of women in the society. It facilitates the institutions to work towards development of women in the society.

Mahila E Haat

The scheme was launched in 2016. It facilitates entrepreneurship opportunities for women. It educates women about online selling and establish ventures on their own.



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