Celebrating rural women

Gender equality

Theme pack

Read FRI’s radio resources on rural women

Dear broadcasting partners,

International Day of Rural Women is observed on 15 October every year to recognize their vital role in food systems and rural development. From the production of crops to the processing, preparation and distribution of food, women’s work paid and unpaid feeds their families, communities and the world. However, they do not exercise equal power with men, and therefore earn less income and experience higher food insecurity.

To mark and celebrate International Day of Rural Women, here is our theme pack for October, all about rural women, their successes and challenges.

This pack includes ten items: two backgrounders, two interview scripts, one drama, and five Barza Wire stories.


Women’s participation in TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training): Barriers, benefits, policies, and programs

Gender inequalities in land rights in Africa


Improving women’s access to farmland in northern Ghana

From period poverty to period parity: Keeping girls safe and happy


Women farmers of Adiepena learn about registering land in Ghana

Barza Wire stories

Uganda: Trained women veterinary paraprofessionals help livestock farmers keep animals healthy, boost income

Ghana: Women work as spray painters to support their families

Côte d’Ivoire: Women cocoa producers lead the battle for access to land

Côte d’Ivoire: Women gain access to credit through village savings and credit associations (VSLAs)

Ghana: Women farmers benefit from trainings that target women only

We hope that this kind of “one-stop shop” on selected topics is useful, and that you can use the resources in this month’s theme pack to make effective programming on rural women.

Please use and enjoy these resources. Let us know if they’re useful—and exactly how you use them!

Happy broadcasting,