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Greater support needed for rural women - Fearon

15 October, 2018 - by Megan Fearon

Speaking on International Day of Rural Women, Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon said:

The theme of year’s International Day of Rural Women is Sustainable infrastructure, services and social protection for gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.

“Rural women play an important role in communities, in growing much of our food, strengthening local economies and building climate resilience, yet rural women are disproportionately affected by poverty, exclusion and the effects of environmental and climate change.

“Despite progress on some fronts, gaps remain in terms of rural women and girls’ access to infrastructure, services, and social protection.

“It is important we support rural women and ensure they have adequate public services, including health care, education, childcare and shelters.” 

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