The US TIME Magazine featured Indian women assuming leadership in the Farmer’s Protest. The March edition of the magazine’s cover ruled Twitter after this. It portrayed 20 women at the Tikri border on the outskirts of the national capital. The magazine has been titled “On The Frontlines Of India’s Farmer Protest. The story narrates the role of female protagonists in the Farmer’s Protest that is ongoing for the last four months in the country.
The article named – “I Cannot Be Intimidated. I Cannot Be Bought” encircles the idea of women capable of leadership. It also depicts women challenging age-old stereotypical patriarchy. They are equally rightful to bear fruits of their success and toil for it. It shatters images of femicide, sexual violence, and gender disparity.
The women claim this to be their protest as well. “Why should we go back? This is not just the men’s protest. We toil in the fields alongside the men. Who are we—if not farmers?”, a 74-year-old farmer, Jasbir Kaur, from Rampur said. As per Oxfam India reports, out of 85% of the rural female agricultural workers, only 13% are entitled to own lands.
The March edition of TIME came just around March 8, International Women’s Day. So this day will be celebrated widely as ‘Mahila Kisan Diwas’ or ‘Women Farmer’s Day’.