Women Power Connect-WPC

Project Theme

Small Holder Agriculture & Climate Change

Target Group

Women

Project Period

01 Jul 2014 - 30 Jun 2015

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Introduction

Agriculture sector, in India, employs 80% of all economically active women; they comprise 33% of the agriculture labor force and 48% of the self employed farmers. According to National Sample Survey Organization (NSSO) reports 18% farm families in India are headed by women. Despite playing extensive role in the Indian agriculture production system, women most often are not recognized as farmers both legally and socially. However, recently women farmers‟ issues are getting recognized by the policy makers, academicians and sector experts. In March‟2012, APAARI (Asia Pacific Association of Agriculture Research Institute) had organized Global Conference on Women in Agriculture (GCWA) in India attended by President of India, Union Minister of Agriculture and Food Processing, and several other national and international sector experts, academicians, INGOs. Besides, on 12th May 2012 eminent agriculture scientist and former Rajya Sabha member Prof. M.S Swaminathan has proposed a private member bill called “Women Farmers‟ Entitlement Bill, 2011” to provide for the gender specific needs of women farmers. This might have led a changing political scenario in giving an opportunity to push the agenda of women farmers‟ entitlement to land and other inputs; and to strengthen the struggle for women farmers‟ rights and entitlements. But unfortunate this Bill was never debated nor discussed and got lapsed. Now with the newly elected Government there is a need to start the engagement process in order to build momentum over the reintroduction of the WFEB. WomenPowerConnect (WPC) having membership base of 1000 NGOs and individuals in 28 states serves as the largest advocacy body for women in India, working to ensure the effective implementation of gender friendly legislation and active participation of women in policy outcomes. WPC work with a vision to create a world where women realize their full potential to live with dignity and freedom of choice. Oxfam India has the same vision for women farmers under its’ work on smallholder agriculture; hence, Oxfam India and WPC collaborate to increase women farmers access to land and other inputs; and to build their economic leadership.

Impact by partner
  • A detailed research on judgment analysis of cases on HSAA 2005 has been carried out.
  • Awareness campaign on HSAA 2005 in different colleges, universities, market places and in corporate houses have been organized and around 4000 youth have been sensitized. Campaign able to reach to 20,000 urban mass indirectly. Approximately 1600 people watched the performances completely. Around 500 people both young boys and girls, men Women and many old people participated in expressing their own opinion and speaking for the cause.
  • Twenty five participants from Civil society organizations have been participated to explore Policy and Programmatic Spaces for Increasing Women Farmers’ Access to and Control over Land”