All over the country and at Delhi’s borders, the ongoing farmers’ movement being led by Samyukt Kisan Morcha celebrated 18th January as Women Farmers’ Day
NEW DELHI – Hundreds of women activists on Monday reached the farmer protest sites on the outskirts of Delhi such as Tikri, Singhu, Ghazipur, Shahjahanpur, and Palwal to express solidarity with the farmers agitating for the repeal of farm laws.
The activists were mobilised by several women’s organizations who were responding to the call given by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) to observe January 18 as Mahila Kisan Diwas or Women Farmers’ Day.
The ‘Mahila Kisan Diwas’ programme was aimed to honour women for their incredible contribution in the ongoing protests and work of women’s groups in every field. The stage management was done only by women and only women speakers addressed the gathering.
Large numbers of women farmers and agricultural labourers have been part of various sit-in protests on Delhi borders since the protests first began in late November 2020. They rejected the recent suggestion of Supreme Court telling women to go back from protest sites. Women from Delhi as well as other states responded with even larger mobilizations.
Massive, vibrant processions and public meetings were held with slogans for the repeal of the contentious farm laws.
The Mahila Kisan Divas was sponsored by the following organisation: All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA), All India Progressive Women’s Association (AIPWA), All India Mahila Sanskritik Sangathan (AIMSS), Centre for Struggling Women (CSW), National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW) and Pragatisheel Mahila Sangathan (PMS) and Purogami Mahila Sangathan (PMS).
Samyukt Kisan Morcha Protests
All over the country and at Delhi’s borders, the ongoing farmers’ movement being led by Samyukt Kisan Morcha celebrated 18th January as Women Farmers’ Day. At all protest sites, the dais was managed by women today, and all speakers were women. All over the country, women led rallies, held dharnas and meetings etc.
The overwhelming participation of women showcased the agency of women and their active participation and leadership in the ongoing movement. Women farmers expressed their deep dissatisfaction and anger at the attitude of the government and Supreme Court in not recognizing women’s agency in various spheres including in such citizen movements.
In Madhya Pradesh, in Badwani, Khargone and other places, women farmers took out a huge rally in Badwani and other places. In Maharashtra, in Nandurbar district also, women farmers took out a rally with bullock carts driven by women farmers. In Rajasthan, there was a tractor rally led by women-driven tractors.
In Puri of Odisha, women farmers’ day was celebrated in various villages. In Rewari of Haryana, dharnas were organized at toll plazas.
Women farmers’ day was marked in Hyderabad by a huge number of urban women joining hands with women farmers in a rally. Similarly, other places in Telangana like Ibrahimpatnam saw women farmers’ rally at the town centre.
In Mahendragarh district of Haryana too, mass meetings of women farmers were organized. Such meetings were witnessed in Jaunpur of Uttar Pradesh too. Rallies were taken out in Allahabad, UP.
Gwalior in MP and Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur and other places in Bihar saw sit-ins of women farmers. In Uttarakhand, women organized a dharna in Munsiari.
A Mahila Kisan Parishad was organized in Pune and a Mahila Kisan Sansad in Kolkata on this occasion. In Andhra Pradesh, in numerous places, women farmers marked the day in different ways in places like Anantapur, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam etc.