PEOPLE have been urged to make the three international days that will be celebrated within the next week a part of their daily actions throughout the year.
The request was made by the Fiji Council of Social Services as the International Day of Rural Women, World Food Day and International Day for Eradication of Poverty will respectively be celebrated on October 15, 16 and 17.
FCOSS executive director Mohammed Hassan Khan said it was no coincidence that the rural women's day was followed by World Food Day and the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
"When rural women succeed to their rightful place, world food production will increase and poverty will decrease," he said.
Mr Khan said the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women was the only human rights instrument that specifically addressed the situation of rural women.
"Let us commit to supporting rural women and girls to reach their aspirations of education, proper nutrition, good health care and acceptance as full citizens."
Mr Khan said World Food Day offered the opportunity to strengthen national and international solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty, and draw attention to achievements in food security and agricultural development.
Mr Khan said International Day for the Eradication of Poverty was considered an opportunity for people to acknowledge the struggle and efforts of people living in poverty.
"The main objective of celebrating this day is to make the voice of the poor heard.
"It also reflects the willingness of people living in poverty to use their expertise for eradication of poverty."