Category Archives: women’s roles
Following her participation to ALRD’s training on Mobilization and Leadership Training on People’s Cooperative on 2-3 November 2015, Shapla group leader Jahanare Begum initiated homestead gardening in their village of Mohalbari, Chirirbandar Upazila in Dinajpur District.
Homestead gardening is promoted to women’s groups for them to practice collective farming by utilizing the pieces of land they own. While providing nutrition to their families, this initiative would also send a strong message about their rights to land ownership, access to market, and women-led cooperatives which can improve the livelihood of the rural poor.
ALRD visited Dinajpur on 9-11 January 2016 to monitor the activities of the group members and mobilize them through participatory approach on the future plan of activities for the project supported by PROCASUR entitled, “Strengthening Women’s Empowerment and Livelihood through Access to Land and Market.”
Four women groups – Suravi in Surail village, Swarasoti and Shapla in Mohalbari village, and Jagoron women group in Damoir village are practicing the People’s Initiative or “Gonoprochesta” model through organizing courtyard meeting in a regular basis. Every group has a leader who is responsible to organize a weekly meeting, collect handful of rice as savings, and put it for sale to create their own capital collectively. “It was out of our imagination to save cash money like such amount by using handful of rice,” they shared.
Most of the group members are now practicing organic vegetable gardening in their lots and plan to market these with support of SUSTAIN.
In celebration of the International Rural Women’s Day, the Association for Land Reform and Development (ALRD), Nijera Kori, and Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA) organized a seminar on Land rights, food sovereignty and rural women in Dhaka on 11 October 2015.
The seminar brought 120 academicians, rights activists, women leaders, rural women and farmers together to acknowledge the significant role of women in agriculture despite being deprived of land rights.
BELA Chief Executive Syeda Rizwana Hassan, in her keynote speech, stated that women contribute 61% to the agricultural sector of GDP in Bangladesh; however, only 18% of women own land. Moreover, from an FAO report, 500 million of the 836 million people suffering from malnutrition are women – one attribution to this is women’s deprivation of land ownership.
Women leaders also shared their struggles against land grabbers which include lower wages and issues on joint land ownership. On the other hand, success story featured the importance of women cooperatives in practicing organic farming.
ALRD Executive Director Shamsul Huda demanded low interest loan for rural women farmers while Nijera Kori Chair Khusi Kabir stressed the need to break the wage discrimination between men and women farmers.
Additionally, marking the day of rural women, ALRD, Nijeri Kori, and BELA released a poster themed, Raise Voiced Women’s Rights and Access to Land and Natural Resources, to extend their solidarity on global campaign on “No Land, No Life: 16 days of global action on rural women.”
The poster highlighted their demands on women’s land rights including food sovereignty, women’s rights as human rights, agricultural lands protection, solidarity among IPs, fighting against land grabbing, ensuring women’s access to khas lands and beels, and support to women’s cooperatives.
Seminar on Collective Cultivation, Role of Women in Sustainable Agriculture and Right to Land held in Mymensingh, Bangladesh
Post shared by the Association for Land Reform and Development (ALRD).
ALRD, in collaboration with Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) and Bangladesh Agricultural University and partner Gram Unnoyon Songstha [Village Development Organization] (GRAUS) organized the seminar on Collective Cultivation, Role of Women in Sustainable Agriculture and Right to Land on 23 June in Mymensingh District in Bangladesh where papers on women were presented:
- “Women in joint cultivation and sustainable development of agriculture” by Dr. Nazim Uddin, Senior Scientific Officer, BARI
- “Women’s Right to Land” by Sanjida Khan Ripa, Asst. Programme Coordinator, ALRD
- “Procedure of organic farming, possibility and reality” by Dr. Ashraful Islam, Associate Professor, Horticulture, Bangladesh Agricultural University
More than 100 representatives from different organizations, NGOs, journalists, lawyers and male and female farmers participated in the seminar.