Patriarchy in the agri sector continues, women urged to step up
Women in Ireland are urged to shake the status quo and claim their stake in the agriculture industry as study shows that 90 percent of all farmland are still owned by men in Ireland.
To this day, the most gender-imbalanced industry is the agriculture sector, said Louise Lennon of Irish Rural Link during a meeting of the National Women’s Council in Longford last week.
This has been the reality faced by farmwomen in Ireland for two decades, a report said.
According to the book Feminism and Ruralities, the 1991 Census of Agriculture found that only 10 percent of all farm holders are women. In 2010, after 19 years the figure has only grown by 2 percent, representing very little change.
Moving forward, Lennon urged women and women’s groups to get involved in a project called Next Chapter that aims to improve the participation of women in public and political life in Northern Ireland and the border regions.