Bakirova Kyzdarkan is one of 124 women who have been elected to local water user councils across Kyrgystan, where water scarcity is threatening the livelihoods of many.
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Women are central to the development of rural areas and to national economies. They account for a significant proportion of agricultural labour, play a key role in food production, especially in subsistence farming, and perform most of the unpaid care work in rural areas.
Women and girls are central to the sustainability of rural households and communities, improving rural livelihoods and overall wellbeing, but their role and significance is often overlooked.
Ainuru Altybaeva serves as a Member of Parliament in Kyrgyzstan, and has been an activist for women's empowerment for over 10 years. She was the initiator of a law on toughening penalties for bride kidnapping, and a vocal participant of the national UNiTE to End Violence against Women and Girls
Democracy, sustainable peace and conflict prevention cannot be achieved if women-half of the population-are left behind. This year's International Day of Democracy (15 September) theme, "Democracy and Conflict Prevention", calls for "strong leadership to support democracy, strengthen civil society, empower women and uphold the rule of law".
A look at key results from the programme on "Accelerating Rural Women's Economic Empowerment", jointly implemented by FAO, IFAD, WFP and UN Women in seven countries, including Kyrgyzstan, where this video was filmed.
How a multi-agency programme is making a difference in the lives of rural women around the world.