Gender Issues

AIDWA Expresses Solidarity with Pakistan's Women

The All India Democratic Women’s Association(AIDWA) in a statement issued on June 3 has expressed solidarity with Pakistan’s women who reacted strongly to the statement made by Pakistan clergy “Beat wives lightly” as a violation of fundamental rights of women. AIDWA also condemned similar derogatory remarks by people holding public offices in India. AIDWA protested when the WCD minister made such remark in the context of marital rape not being applied to Indian families. It also protested against attack on Section 498A which criminalises domestic violence.

Govt Interference in Educational Institutes Would Not Be Tolerated

AS a part of the BJP government’s crackdown on the autonomy of educational institutes across the country, the organisers of a discussion in BPS Mahila Vishwavidyalaya in Khanpur Kalan, Haryana, were at the last minute asked to withdraw their invitation to AIDWA general secretary and Bhim Sports Awardee, Jagmati Sangwan, who was one of the main speakers in the discussion.

AIDWA Condemns Heinous Attacks in Bengal

THE All India Democratic Women’s Association, in a statement issued on May 23, has strongly condemned the heinous attacks unleashed by the winning Trinamul Congress activists on the women in West Bengal as part of the post-poll violence. Most of the AIDWA activists are attacked and hundreds had to flee from their residence in villages and cities. AIDWA leader Mukta had to leave her home in Hugli. ICDS worker Indrani Mukherjee was attacked in Bankura. Sukla Ghosh, another activist had to leave her residence in Chandrokona in Paschim Medinipur.

JMS DELHI CONFERENCE: Intensify Struggles for the Rights of Working Class & Young Women

THE Janwadi Mahila Samiti, Delhi held its XII State Conference from April 15-17, 2016 in the context of growing assault on the rights of women and working classes under the current Modi government. The conference was attended by 147 women from the NCR region and held deliberations on political situation today and its implications for the social and economic rights of women. The conference called upon women to expand their organisation amongst the young and working class women and organise them against the neo-liberal policies of the government.

 

RSS’s Nationalism is Anti-Women

THE students’ union, University of Hyderabad (UoH) had organised a rally and a public talk on the occasion of 106th International Women’s Day. Zuhail KP, president, students’ union inaugurated the talk and Chiluka Srilatha, cultural secretary, students’ union presided the meeting. Brinda Karat, CPI(M) Polit Bureau member and Prof. Vimal Thorat were the principal speakers. Other speakers included the vice-chancellor, the dean of students’ welfare, the president of the contract workers union and a representative of the teaching staff.

Women’s Organisations Demand Justice for Murthal Victims

ON the call of various national women’s organisations – AIDWA, AIPWA, JWP, Purogami Mahila Sanghatan, Pragatisheel Mahila Sanghatan, Swastika Mahila Samiti, Anhad, Janwadi Mahila Samiti, Delhi, Janwadi Mahila Samiti, Haryana, and Sakriya – hundreds of citizens participated in the peoples march in Murthal on March 12. They demanded constitution of an SIT by the Punjab and Haryana High Court to investigate the cases of gang rapes reported in media on Murthal National Highway No: 1 during the Jat reservation agitation.

AIDWA Welcomes Amendment to President’s Address

THE All India Democratic Women’s Association, in a statement issued on March 10, has welcomed the amendment passed in the Rajya Sabha to the president’s address regarding the rights of all citizens to contest panchayat elections. This reiterates AIDWA’s position that an amendment prescribing minimum educational qualifications to contest the panchayati raj institutions affected the most marginalised and poor sections of the society including dalits and women.

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