Women farmers seek recognition for role in economy

Dhaka,  Thu,  08 December 2016
Published : 18 Oct 2016, 21:22:30

Women farmers seek recognition for role in economy

Women farmers seek recognition for role in economy
FE Report


Women farmers Tuesday called upon the government to give them official recognition for their role in the national economy.

They also stressed creating an atmosphere conducive to selling their crops in the markets, providing them with subsidy through forming a comprehensive database and ensuring necessary facilities for them through their proper access to the labour law.

They placed a nine-point demand at the Second Women Farmers Convention-2016 held at the city's CIRDAP Auditorium.

Non-government organisations 'Kendrio Krishok Maitri' (KKM), a coalition of farmers' organisations, ActionAid Bangladesh, and KHANI Bangladesh jointly organised the convention with the support of the Netherlands Embassy in Bangladesh.

State Minister for Fisheries and Livestock Narayan Chandra Chanda attended the convention as the chief guest.

Among others, lawmakers Chhabi Biswas and Nazmul Haque Prodhan and Dutch Embassy official Arman Akbary Khan also spoke on the occasion.

KKM's President Sajeda Khatun demanded that special allocation for women farmers be put aside in the development budget.

She also underscored the need for initiatives for women-friendly agro-technology and involving women in the measures to cope with the challenges of climate change.

Though the country's women farmers have nearly 70 per cent role in the agricultural activities, they are neglected by their male counterparts, society and even by the state, she observed.

The chief guest assured the women farmers of conveying their demands to the Parliament. He, however, said a few of the issues have already been addressed including the financial support for various schemes.

The state minister laid emphasis on changing people's attitude towards women from the family level.

"We need to change our attitude at the grass-root level for ensuring women empowerment and establishing their recognition in the national economy," he said.

He also said the country's socio-economic condition is becoming more favourable to women day by day.

"Our stable economic growth has been made possible with the government's support for women's education and empowerment," the state minister maintained.

Earlier, in the morning women farmers brought out a procession from in front of the National Press Club.

More than 100 women farmers belonging to different organisations from 40 districts participated in the day-long convention.

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