Recognising the rights of women agricultural workers: Round table conference held

Building on the evidence from its work on the gender pathway linking agriculture to nutrition, the LANSA research programme in partnership with UNWomen organised a one day event in Bangkok on 25 October: Recognising the Rights of Women Agricultural Workers in South Asia - Roundtable on Policy, Politics and Impact.LANSA research on women in agriculture and nutrition by MSSRF in India and CSSR in Pakistan were shared at the forum. The event brought together 28 stakeholders from across five countries in South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), including representatives from governments, universities and research institutions, international organizations, civil society organizations (CSOs) and grassroots activists. Participants included a Member of the National Assembly and a Minister of Sindh Province from Pakistan, chair of the National Commission on Status of Women, Pakistan and former chair of the National Commission for Women, India, among others. The participants came out with a joint statement of recommendations, that includes call for a Regional Forum for Women agricultural workers. The statement is being finalised for advocacy and formalising the next steps.