Learning about basic human rights was one of the important learning points of an information session hosted by the Fiji Human Rights Commission for rural women at Tuvu, Lautok.
FHRC chairperson Mohammed Ajmeer said rural women were taken through sessions that discussed human rights and freedom from fear and poverty.
He explained the importance of rural women in today’s society and highlighted the inequalities that still existed.
"Rural women, are mainly farmers and number at least 1.6billion and represent more than a quarter of the total world population," Mr Ajmeer said.
"Women produce on average more than half of all food that is grown.
"Women own only two per cent and receive only one per cent of all agricultural credit while only five per cent of all agricultural extension resources are directed to women."
Mr Ajmeer said in Fiji the contribution of rural women to sustainable socioeconomic national development was vital.
"Rural women play important roles for achieving the transformational economic, environmental and social changes for social development," he said.
The United Nations estimates that the number of rural women living in poverty has doubled since 1970.