Location: Beredki wada of Chaukul village in Sawantwadi
Oxfam in its recent report titled “An economy for the 99%,” said more than 40% of the 400 million women who live in rural India are involved in agriculture and related activities. However, as women are not recognized as farmers and do not own land, they have limited access to government schemes and credit, restricting their agricultural productivity. An Oxfam study conducted in 2006 with Gorakhpur Environmental Action Group (GEAG) found that only 6% of women owned land, 2% had access to credit and only 1% had access to agricultural training. The lowest-paid workers in the most precarious conditions are predominantly women and girls.