From unpaid work to agrarian extension programs (India)
The caste of the servants (sudras), to which the woman represented in the statue belongs, did not possess property and had to work for food and shelter. In India, the inclusion of women in agricultural extension programs is still very limited and although castes were officially abolished in 1950, still many women and men have no access to credit, neither to technology or agricultural education, which are the systems essential support for those programs.
Especially limited is women’s access, due to the limited availability of free time and the enormous energy expenditure they must do when they perform their daily productive, reproductive work, family and community services, and affective and health care.
Photo, Arantxa Boyero Dormouse