International Tea Day is celebrated globally on 21st May to create awareness about the demand of this global drink and its economic significance around the world, tea being the second most consumed beverage after water in the world. This year the Jumla group of our RAP3 MHLR inclusion and diversity team organised a virtual event on 21st May 2021 in which they presented a video about the significance of tea and its values around the world.
The team shared a PowerPoint presentation about tea, its cultivation and processing in the tea factory, cultural values, health benefits, history of tea in Nepal. The team pointed to the importance of tea in fighting hunger and poverty in developing countries around the world. In addition, Subhashini Chandran, the former RAP3 staff who had also worked as the CEO at her family tea business for 18 years, added value with her presence in the Tea event by sharing her experience of managing tea estates. She explained the wages” pay gap” in the tea sector, where 90 to 95 percent of tea pickers are women, that the reason for women earning less than men is related to the occupational hierarchy with women at the bottom of this pyramid. She also spoke about the significant contributions she was able to make during her tenure, such as providing training to help women get supervisor and managerial roles, funding to support education for girl children, medical care and so on. The team’s efforts to celebrate International Tea Day 2021 provided an opportunity to all the RAP3 MHLR staff to learn more about the significant facts, history and importance of the tea worldwide.
We would like to express our sincere thanks to all the members of the Jumla team, especially Subhashini Chandran for contributing her valuable time to mark this meaningful celebration. It was a great event to celebrate in favour of the sustainable production and consumption of tea and its importance in fighting hunger and poverty around the world.
Happy International Tea Day, 2021!