Rural Women Around the World

Photographs by Sebastião Salgado
Warriors: Mujeres Rurales en el mundo. 28 voces autorizadas

The book

Warriors - Rural Women Around the World

This book, edited in Spanish, Portuguese and English by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), compiles written pieces by authors who, from very diverse perspectives, examine the status of rural women and their real contribution to agriculture and development in rural areas.

The purpose of the book is to commemorate the International Day of Rural Women, established by the UN and observed on October 15 each year, as well as to provide a powerful opportunity to reflect on this topic, which will provide an initial framework for the development of solid public policies geared toward rural women.

The authors, most of whom are women, accepted an invitation from the Director General of IICA, Manuel Otero, within the framework of the new institutional road map of the inter-American organization, which specializes in agriculture and rural development.

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Manuel Otero, Director General, Instituto Interamericano de Cooperación para la Agricultura

Manuel Otero
Director General
Inter-American Institute for
Cooperation on Agriculture



The publication of this revised and expanded edition of the book launched in 2018 by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), in commemoration of the International Day of Rural Women, pursues a dual purpose.

The first and more explicit purpose is to pay a long overdue tribute to a figure that is key for the food security and economic and social progress of our continent.

This acknowledgment of rural women comes at a very timely moment, when a seemingly contagious movement of great proportions is sweeping across much of the world, shedding light on an enormous problem: approximately half of society suffers discrimination. That movement, which is essentially urban, is also present in rural areas.

The second and more ambitious objective - one that commits our institution to a continuous and tenacious effort - is to launch a necessary public discussion that will stimulate the design and implementation of high-quality policies that will improve the lives of rural women.

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Sebastião Salgado

Sebastião Salgado, a renowned social documentary photographer and photojournalist, generously provided IICA with four photographs that form an integral part of the publication. Salgado received the Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts in 1998, an accolade that described him as a photographer “who has known how to portray the human condition and to render the inequalities of the modern world with an artistic treatment that is personal, engaged, poetic and technically rigorous.”

Sebastião Salgado
© Unicef, Nicole Toutounji