Women in Bangladesh are denied land ownership though their contribution in agriculture is higher than men, women rights activists said at a seminar Wednesday.
The Association for Land Reform and Development organized the seminar at CIRDAP auditorium to celebrate the International Women’s Day.
Speaking as the chief guest, Workers Party president Rashed Khan Menon, MP, said that acute and pervasive discriminations against women made them perennially landless disqualifying them from accessing bank loans and other state facilities.
He said that he would raise the issues in Parliament to change state policies so that they were women friendly.
He said that corruption made discriminations based on gender, region and wealth more acute for which the people were not getting the benefits of development.
ALRD deputy executive director Rowshan Jahan Moni in her power point presentation said that in Bangladesh over 90 lakh women worked to grow crops accounting for 72.6 per cent of agricultural labourers.
She said that out of 21 agriculture related tasks 17 were done by women but only 18 per cent of the country’s women own some land.
She urged the government to ensure equal wages for women growing crops.
She said that the number of women labourers in agriculture increased by eight per cent in last seven years as men were migrating to urban areas.
Now, she said, 78 per cent of the country’s agricultural labourers were women.
ALRD executive director Shamsul Huda said that if women stopped growing crops urban people would get no food.
ALRD chairperson Khushi Kabir moderated the discussions participated by journalist Abu Sayeed Khan and women leaders from outlying districts.
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