Farmers' protest in New Delhi
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Farmers' Protest: Women Farmers Join Protest Sites On International Women's Day

The farmers' protest has witnessed an increase in the participation of women farmers and over a thousand women farmers gathered t the protest sites on March 8

March 9, 2021

On the occasion of International Women's Day on March 8, thousands of women farmers joined the farmers' protest and delivered speeches at the Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur protest sites at Delhi's borders.

"Noting that women contribute significantly to the country's farming sector, the organisers have laid out elaborate plans to let women farmers manage the stage, arrange food and security and share tales of their struggles on the occasion," reported The Assam Tribune.

The stage was managed by women, the speakers were all women and the issues that were discussed were of farming and women farmers.

The discourse of the debate also focussed on the contribution of women to the farmers' protests for the past over 100 days.

It may be mentioned here that the farmers' protest has witnessed an increase in the participation of women farmers and over a thousand women farmers gathered t the protest sites on March 8.

The participating women farmers were mostly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh and hundreds of them have been camping at the Delhi border points for over 100 days.

These agitating farmers have been demanding the repeal of farm laws and a legal guarantee on the minimum support price for their crops.

International Women's Day (IWD) is a global holiday celebrated annually on March 8 to commemorate the cultural, political, and socioeconomic achievements of women.

It is also a focal point in the women's rights movement, bringing attention to issues such as gender equality, reproductive rights, and violence against women.

It originated from the labour movements in North America and Europe during the early 20th century and the earliest version was purportedly a "Women's Day" organised by the Socialist Party of America in New York City on February 28, 1909.

March 8 was officially adopted as International Women's Day by the United Nations in 1977.

This year's theme was Women in leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World.

The theme was chosen to celebrate the tremendous efforts of women in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the pandemic and highlights the gaps that remain.

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