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The access to and control over land is the most determining factor in women empowerment besides other factors including their economic security and physical safety. International Day of Rural Women will be observed on Saturday amid extensive programmes across 64 districts of the country. 'Claim Your Right to Land and Inheritance' is the theme of this year.

Beijing women conference in 1995 adopted the proposal for the observation of 15th October as Rural Women Day, later during 2007, UN adopted a resolution for marking the day as International Rural Women Day (IRWD) to celebrate and honour the role of rural women each year.

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Stressing the need to bring a change in men's mentality towards the rights of women, speakers at a seminar yesterday said women's rights would be ensured if awareness can be created among the two sexes.

Change in Men's Mindset Stressed

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Philippines Day of Action vs Debt and Ifis Oct 13 2011On the 6th Day of the Global Week of Action (GWA) vs Debt and International Financial Institutions (IFIs), the Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC), Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) and Jubilee South Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development (JSAPMDD) jointly conducted an 'Embassy Caravan" earlier this morning. This forms part of the Philippine contributions to the GWA vs Debt and IFIs being observed by people's movements and NGO networks in Africa, Latin America, Asia, Europe and North America.

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The Jubilee South Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development (JSAPMDD) joined the Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) and the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) in a caravan in Makati City to strongly oppose any role of the World Bank in the disbursement and management of climate finance.

The protestors held demonstrations at the Embassies of Mexico, Norway and South Africa as the three countries are the co-chairs of the Transitional Committee tasked by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to design the Green Climate Fund (GCF)– a global fund that will be responsible for managing and disbursing climate finance for developing countries.

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We are movements and organizations engaged in many struggles for a new world – a world in which the needs, interests, rights and aspirations of peoples everywhere have priority over the profit of corporations and the excess of elites. In the year ahead, our solidarity and collective action is extremely crucial. Climate change is already having devastating impacts globally and is accelerating. The window for preventing the breach of tipping points and stopping climate catastrophe is rapidly closing.