PATNA: Oxfam India in collaboration with SEWA Bharat and Kaushalya Foundation organised a ‘State Level Convention of Women Farmers’ in Bihar today.
The Oxfams are rights-based organizations that fight poverty and injustice by linking grassroots programming (through partner NGOs) to local, national and global advocacy and policy-making
The convention was aimed at sensitizing and engaging various stakeholders towards joining hands for ‘Economic Empowerment of Women Farmers of Bihar’ and preparing policy recommendation on the basis of sharing of ground issue by women farmers.
The convention brought more than 100 women farmers from Munger, Bhagalpur and other districts of Bihar in a common platform where they put forth their voices and demand for their rights.
Ms Sangita Devi and Ms Sunita Devi, farmers from Munger and Bhagalpur shared that the recognition of women as farmers would be crucial in deciding the future of women farmers. They highlighted the fact that women are not able to progress because they are not considered to be farmers.
At the convention, the representative of women farmers gave a nine-point charter of demands which included all women farmers be recognized, enumerated and provided identity cards and Kisan Credit Cards and demand for creation of a single window system from the block level upwards in the Revenue & Land Reforms, Departments to address and resolve all land issues related to women in a time bound manner.
It also demanded that market yards be made women friendly, with easy access, with necessary facilities, such as toilets.