International Women’s Day 2020: Celebrating Gender Equality in Cotton Farming Communities Across the World
Published Sunday, March 8th, 2020
Women in cotton farming communities can face significant discrimination and challenges, partly as a result of pre-existing social attitudes and beliefs about gender roles. Despite the crucial role they play in the labour force, rural women in smallholder farming communities often work as unpaid family labour or low-paid day labourers, and their views may be overlooked in decision-making as a result of entrenched gender bias in farming families.
The Better Cotton Initiative seeks to ensure equal and respectful treatment for all women in cotton farming communities, and today, we’d like to celebrate women’s achievements by sharing stories from the field from Pakistan, Mali and Tajikistan.
Since 2010, Tata Djire has worked for BCI’s on-the-ground partner in Mali, Association des Producteurs de Coton Africains, where she introduced the BCI Programme. Tata was instrumental to the success of the BCI Programme in Mali, supporting smallholder farmers and women in agriculture. Learn more about Tata’s journey.
Chamangul Abdusalomova has been an agricultural advisor in Tajikistan since 2013, delivering training and support to BCI Farmers. An agronomist by training, she holds field days to showcase new technologies and runs practical demonstrations to help farmers grow cotton more sustainably. Learn more about Chamangul’s journey.