Sutra Mandali (Action Oriented Dialogue on Women Farmer’s Collective from Across the GlobeActivity Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2022 - 15:30 UTCDuration: 90 minBrief Description:
Women farmers across the world have been caretakers and custodians of knowledge of traditional, natural, organic farming. From the role of seed-keeper who preserve the native, indigenous plants, to sowing them, taking care of the poultry, cutting the excess grass for fodder - women have been extremely pivotal in climate-resilient farming. Narratives across the world, especially amongst indigenous communities have recognised how women farmers have preserved diversity, worked on nutritional foods that benefit their families and communities and applied ecological practices in agriculture. These stories embed eons of knowledge that is important to disseminate now more than ever while the world is facing multiple environmental challenges threatening soil, water, and biodiversity due to the worsening climate crises.
There are several movements, organisations, networks, collectives and groups across the world who work with women farmers and are themselves, women, farmers to give them(selves) recognition, access to resources and markets, labour and land rights in laws, policies and schemes, rightful representation in local, national and global decision making institutions and spaces, and even documenting their role as custodians of nature. These efforts towards comprehensively looking at the role of women in efforts to challenge the long invisibalisation of their labour in the agriculture sector. Not only have they been hearing the demands of women farmers, but working towards their wellbeing, social and financial security.
Through our Sutra Mandali, we would like to document the different work done on moving towards this dignity of livelihoods in the context of women farmer groups and documenting their pivotal practices to share with different groups who have similar aims and objectives. These groups can learn from similar practices and contextualise them in their local spaces using the Mandali as a pivotal resource and further supported to directly communicate with these groups.
In our Mandali we will be looking at 2 large arenas of speculation:
- How do women farmers groups define the nuances of dignified livelihood in the context of their work? What are the main areas of intervention?
- How have they worked on providing women farmers their rightful space in the agriculture sector? How has their structure enabled them to work on recognition, access to resources and markets, labour and land rights in laws, policies and schemes, rightful representation in local, national and global decision making institutions and space?
Sutra Mandali is one of Vikalp Sutra's initiatives and is a space for collective knowledge sharing and mentoring on issues and strategies around sustainable and dignified livelihoods encompass rights, security, access, justice and well being for all living beings.Language(s) of the Activity: EnglishHow to get in touch and participate in activity?:Contact (Email):Link to the online meeting:Related information (links to videos, initiatives, websites, pads...):Thematic space(s) of the activity: 2. Art and Culture for Life, 5. Defense of Life, Environment and Territories, 9. Struggles against Heteronorms and Patriarchy: keys from Women, Feminisms and DissidencesModality: Virtual Activity (100% Online)Interactivity:
The interaction will take place through zoom in a question and answer format