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Voices from the field

06 Jun, 2013

Kanika Mistry, Hingalgange, North 24 Paraganas, West Bengal


“Land must be in the name of both my husband and me, as both of us work on the land and give the same kind of labour for cultivation.”

Voices from the field

11 Jun, 2013

Sudha Gurwant, Guna, Uttarakhand

“When I came into this village as a 13-year-old bride, it was green. We never had problems getting fodder. Over the years, I have seen our forests vanish. Thankfully, things are slowly recovering. Two years ago, I joined the van panchayat samiti and have seen what we can achieve if we work together. Thanks to the fodder I now get from our protected forest,  these days I earn most of my income from the milk I sell.”

Voices from the field

12 Jun, 2013

Shanti Devi, Village: Aditah, Uttarakhand

“The burden of troubles at home as well as on the field falls on the shoulder of women, in order to address these challenges we women need to be empowered as informed decision-makers through awareness and training women for record keeping and maintaining accounts. Government or institutions like CHEA should take up initiatives such as constructing more mangers at the block level, promoting horticulture mobile teams, constructing more biogas plants like UREDA Biogas plant, providing resources and support for roof rain water harvesting to address the issue of water shortage.”

Voices from the field

10 Jun, 2013

Yoshoda Devi, District: Murzaffarpur, Bihar


“Most schemes or programmes that the government implements through the panchayat goes to those farmers who have land holding. Farmers having less or no access to land do not have the opportunity to benefit and make use of these schemes. Women here niether own land in their names nor have any access to schemes”.

Voices from the field

10 Jun, 2014

Mewa Bibi, Village: Darretha, District: Tikamgarh, Madhya Pradesh

“In this pond, men share our work. But roasting fish and sorting it before sending them to the market is solely done by us women. At the market, we often sell our fish at better prices than men because we have sorted and graded the fish and we know their value better; and because we often negotiate harder with our customers. So we manage to save some money. But men get lower prices and then often just drink their earnings away!”