Vice president of Bangladesh Kishani Sabha (BKS) Mitu Begum said, peasant and rural women have to come together, raise their voice and fight together. There is no other way to achieve food sovereignty and dignified life. Peasant and rural women of Bangladesh awake now and get organised for the tough fight ahead against violence and corporate and syndicate agribusiness.
BKS and BKF jointly organised an international women's day action program in southern divisional city Barisal on 12 March 2020. In the gathering, lots of BKS and BKF central, district and sub-district leaders raised their voice including BKF assistant general secretary Harun Vandari, Barisal district committee secretary Halim Mohuri, BKS Barisal district committee general secretary Renu Begum, organising secretary Moni Begum and publications secretary Hira Begum.
Speakers said, Women are still so deprived in different ways, especially working class women are experiencing deprivation regularly in their every day life. Both in the agricultural sector and in the industry, women are getting less payment than man even for same workload. Violence against women is still common across Bangladesh. Women have to fight together for their rights, for their secure and dignified life.
Landless women and people in rural areas spoke about their land rights and food sovereignty on international women day
Bangladesh Krishok Federation (BKF) and Bangladesh Kishani Sabha (BKS) organised a women's day rally on 9th March 2019 in the southern divisional city of Barisal. Grassroots woman leaders from different sub-districts participated on the rally. The rally was presided over by BKS vice president Rehana Begum Mitu.
On the rally, the grassroots leaders of the BKS said that if landless women have the khash land in their own, it will significantly improve their life. The ownership of the khash land will empower them economically and morally in the family and in their society. Other rights are important but for Bangladeshi rural women, the land rights are number one, leaders said in the rally.
Leaders also said that Women are the repressed and deprived community in society. BKF and BKS are in a constant fight to end violence against women and against all human beings in Bangladesh. Achieving land rights as well as food sovereignty for the landless and peasants are the prime target of our campaigns.
Women are breaking the silence and coming together for the struggle more and regularly and this is giving the hope for a better future to us. In the rally, leaders expressed their commitment to continue the struggle for their own rights and interests.
Bangladeshi farmers got a new evil now to fight on and that is GMO Golden Rice. Bangladesh agriculture ministry recently declared that Golden Rice will be released commercially soon to the farmers. Bangladesh Krishok Federation (BKF) and Bangladesh Kishani Sabha are very concern of government move to release Golden Rice commercially in farmer's level.
Pathak Lal Golder