Manifestation of a class struggle: Women farmers in the dairy sector of Punjab, Pakistan
Women Voices 4 Change
In this video, Azra Sayeed from International Women’s Alliance, Pakistan, explains the intercepts of militarism, patriarchy, Globalization, aid and HUNGER. If not progressive, laws, policies and institutions can perpetuate hunger and malnutrition, specially in women and children. Towards CFS, Azra message is: governments and people should sit down and talk, with no hierarchies, since “governments belong to us”, the people.
Video by: Civil Society Mechanism/ CSM
8 programs were aired on various aspects of sustainable agriculture. The topics included were Colonization; Green Revolution, From Green Revolution to Gene Revolution, Sustainable Agriculture, Save our Seeds Campaign, Land Grabbing/Corporate Agriculture; and Farmers’ Resistance.
Issues of Disable Persons in our Society: Abiya Akram’s Speech
Shaheen’s Speech on International Rural Women Day, 2017
Asif Khan’s Speech on World Food-less Day
Dr. Azra Talat Sayeed’s Speech on Behaviors of Male Dominant Patriarchal Society
Pathani: Speech on Issue of Agri worker Women
Azra Talat Sayeed’s speech on Patriarchy
Dr. Azra spoke on the occasion of 5th Provincial Assembly of Pakistan Kissan Mazdoor Tehreek (PKMT) Sindh Chapter in Ghotki, Sindh on May 14, 2017. She challenged small and landless male farmers to join hand with women to overcome the chains of patriarchy. She compared the situation of women under patriarchy with the situation of (male) landless farmers under feudalism and demanded that men should not act as feudal oppressors which was a learned mechanism by them from their feudal lords!
Azra Talat Sayeed’s Speech on World Int’l Women Day 2017
The situation of Pakistani women can be considered one of the worst in the world. It stands 121st in 155 countries on the Gender Inequality Index (GII). In terms of nutrition, 18% of women aged 15-49 years are under-weight. The biggest majority of women’s workforce is in the rural sector, where millions of women work as agricultural workers. But these women are not counted as workers, instead the tripple-pronged oppressive exploitative systems of patriarchy, capitalism and feudalism ensure that women remain chained to laws, norms and practices that allow them no space to climb out of the pit of misery, poverty, and hunger. The International Women’s Day March 8, 2017 was celebrated by Roots for Equity, Pakistan Kissan Mazdoor Tehreek and International Women’s Alliance at a village in Multan. Agricultural women workers from Sindh and Punjab gathered at the event vowing to break the chains of patriarchy and feudalism which is keeping them from reaching out towards liberation and justice.
A Small Farmer’s Advocacy for Agroecology!
The short documentary is witness to the knowledge of small farmers belief in traditional agriculture systems which are now being often referred to as agroecology. In this documentary Rasheed Khan, a small farmer and a member of Pakistan Kissan Mazdoor Tehreek (PKMT) from Mansehra, Khyber Pakhtunkwa not only talks about the hardiness of crops grown from indigenous seeds but also ‘actively demonstrates’ their tenacity and deep roots in the ground. According to him, the stalk is also strong and even a buffalo would find it hard to take out the crop; whereas for hybrid varieties a simple pull would lift the crop off the ground.
Rasheed Khan has used oxen to prepare the land; according to him using a tractor cost him at least Rs 10,000 and he would much rather use his oxen than the tractor. He elaborates on the benefits of traditional sustainable agriculture practices which are based on the used of animal manure and traditional seed varieties. The corn flour is not only tasty but has much more energy than the hybrid varieties. Rasheed Khan states, “a roti made from the traditional corn varieties is as rich as eating butter.” In addition, the traditional varieties are tall yielding plentiful fodder for animals which they relish; the milk also has a much better taste than when animals are fed with fodder from hybrid corn varieties.
Rasheed Khan has come back to traditional agricultural production practices after becoming a member of PKMT. According to him, people from the surrounding areas come and see him using traditional methods and he hopes that they will also convert once they understand the benefits.
A talk show by Pakistan Kissan Mazdoor Tehreek (PKMT), an alliance of small and landless farmers in Pakistan detailing their reasons opposing the Draft Seed Amendment Bill (2014). The show highlighted the imperialist agenda behind the Draft Seed Bill (that was finally passed in June 2015by the Pakistan Senate) and the monopolistic interests of the agro-chemical giants. This seed bill is basically to comply with the TRIPS agreement of the WTO and has been agressively pushed by the mega-corporations of the United States such as Monsanto, Pioneer and Dupont among others.
Veeran Khait (Barren Fields)
The documentary Veeran Khait details the methods employed by the Pakistani state in the 1960s and 70s promoting Green Revolution policies and its impacts on farmers in the country. In addition, the documentary captures the scientific reasons that progressive scientists and activists across the globe have put forward on genetic engineered seeds and crops and reasons that these treacherous seeds must be kept away from our fields.