International Rural Women's Day was marked by many associates of MAKAAM on October 15th 2015. The day saw workshops, meetings, rallies, lobbying meetings and tree plantings as a token of the recognition of contribution of women farmers and to highlight the fact that their basic rights and entitlements are systematically denied to them. It was also our way of getting women farmers themselves to adopt their identity as Farmers rightfully.
The work of WGWLO got highlighted through this fantastic photo feature that narrates the modus operandi of the network in securing women farmers' rights, including through the Swa Bhoomi Kendras: https://undp-india.exposure.co/in-the-family-tree-women-become-land-owners-in-india.
In Kadur and Kollegala talukas of Karnataka, the day was marked by meetings and discussions with women farmers, facilitated by Bhoomi and Anisha.
In Udupi district, several kitchen gardens were initiated by women farmers, supported by Samagra Grameena Ashram.
In Hospet, there was tree planting taken up by participants, followed by a meeting with women farmers, facilitated by Sakhi (photos below).
In 6 blocks of 3 districts of Madhya Pradesh, the day was celebrated by large meetings of women farmers, supported by PRADAN (photos below). These events happened in District Balaghat: Blocks: 1. Balaghat, 2. Lamta; District Dindori: Blocks: 1. Amarpur, 2. Samnapur, 3. Karanjia; District Mandla: Blocks: 1. Mohgaon, 2. Narayanganj.
In Palamu, Jharkhand, women took out a rally and met with the tahsildar to press for their demands related to land rights (photo sliding right). This was taken up by the Ekal Nari Sashakti Sanghatan, along with Shramjivi Mahila Samithy.
In Madanapalli of Andhra Pradesh (Chittoor district), a meeting with women farmers created a platform where they could interact with officials from line departments like agriculture and horticulture, to know more about various schemes available for women farmers. This was facilitated by PORD. (Photo on Right)