The story of International Women’s Day began on March 8th, 1857 when textile factory workers in New York started strike, demanding better-working conditions: shorter working hours, better salary and voting rights. That event started the process of recognition of the women’s rights around the world. New Zeland was the first country who has granted women the right to vote, in 1893, followed by the USA in 1909. One year later, in 1910 on the International women’s conference in Copenhagen, has agreed that March 8th is the day consecrated to women.
Since March 8th, 1975, International Women’s Day is celebrated by the United Nations. Since those early years, International Women’s Day has assumed a new global dimension for women in developed and developing countries alike. The growing international women’s movement, which has been strengthened by four global United Nations women’s conferences, has helped make the commemoration a rallying point to build support for women’s rights and participation in the political and economic areas.
Increasingly, International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.
Throughout history, women have made extraordinary contributions to their societies. Some are well known, some less so, but all have been trailblazers. A selection and today’s reality of these women worldwide you can explore on this timeline of women’s footprint in history.
As in other life aspects, women still face significant inequality on world’s farms, especially in developing countries. Although women are as good at farming as men, due to less access to resources and knowledge for farming, they get much lower crop yields, thus creating the yield gap between men and women for about 20-30 %.
Female farmers make only 8 % in the world’s population. To reduce hunger and poverty, the gap between men and women needs to be closed. Organizations across the world that are aiming to emphasize the importance of women in agriculture, should give them the same rights as they give to men and involve women in all life aspects.
Agrivi farm management software also supports female farmers providing them with knowledge about best practice processes for growing of crops and helping them track all activities on farm. It encourages them in farming in a way to use technology to increase their farm productivity.
Happy Women’s day to all women, especially current and future Agrivi women farmers!
Source: UN Woman