Women’s contribution must get equal treat

This year, the International Women’s Day is being observed on 8th March with the theme “Empowering Women – Empowering Humanity: Picture It!” This year’s event also marks the 20th anniversary of the landmark Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995 that set the agenda for realising women’s rights. By this time women’s status in communities and countries has witnessed remarkable improvement and positive changes. Particularly in the field of food and nutrition security women’s contribution is tremendous. In an event participated by FAO, IFAD, WFP representatives in Rome, IFAD President Kanayo F. Nwanze delivered the opening keynote address pointing out that ” as men in developing countries migrate to urban centers or shift to better-paid work, a “feminisation of agriculture” has occurred with approximately half of the agricultural workforce worldwide now made up of women”. This is indeed encouraging news. I strongly feel that governments of the developing countries should take appropriate measures so that women workers working in agricultural and other industrial sectors get equal pay and status like their male counterparts.
Yours truly,
Professor M Zahidul Haque
Department of Agricultural Extension & Information System
Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University