Most of those employed in agriculture are women. They are horticulturists, entrepreneurs, market vendors, and leaders at all points along the agri-food chain. However, despite the large contribution of women in the agrifood chain, the gender gap is very wide. It is also true for working conditions, wages, leisure time, child-rearing, recovery from childbirth, and a return to full-time careers once children are in the care of the state – nurseries, kindergartens, and schools. The fact that women in our countries have a disproportionate workload and much of their labour goes unrecognised and unpaid - all leaders, men, and women alike, need to bear this in mind — Oleg Kobyakov, Director, Liaison Office with the Russian Federation, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
Issues of ‘gender-based violence’ and aggression against women are present all over the world. Women need to participate in interaction with employers on an equal footing with men. There should be parity in income and opportunities to take up management positions in companies, the economy – wherever men dominate. Often women do not have the same benefits as men. This is not just an issue of equality: it is also an issue of unemployment. <…>
So, for us, as members of BRICS, the emancipation of women is very important... It is not just ‘we are coming your way’. Women should be just as equal in everything we talk about. Our political leaders – the leaders of each country – have already shown the importance of women’s role — Sarah Mosoetsa, Associate Professor of Sociology at the Witwatersrand University; Chief Executive Officer, National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS).
With women making up 50 per cent of the population, and in some countries even more, it is clear that we have a great responsibility, especially when it comes to dealing with the fate of humanity. <…>
It is no secret that throughout history the dominant ideas have been strongly sexist and patriarchal. This has reduced our social role to domestic responsibilities, which involve women being inside the home. At the same time, issues that apply to everyone are dealt with outside the home. <…>
Housewife’s work is not paid and is not included in national economic calculations. Thus, domestic work continues to ‘subsidise’ the economies of countries. If this contribution were counted in monetary terms, it would help assess the role of women in society — Maria Luisa Ramos Urzagaste, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Bolivia to the Russian Federation.
Pandemic has slowed job recovery for women and girls — Gulden Turktan, Founding President of W20; Turkish W20 Sherpa; Member, Presidential Council, KAGIDER (Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey).