Gender Issues

AIDWA Calls for Nationwide Protests to Condemn Anti-Women Modi Regime

THE central executive committee meeting of the All India Democratic Women’s Association held recently in Hyderabad decided to organise protests in all districts in the country on December 10, International Human Rights Day, to condemn the anti-women Modi regime. These protests will highlight the issues of violence, food security and unemployment, which were taken up in a big way by the AIDWA’s 10,000-strong all India Delhi Rally on September 4. State and district level issues too will be taken up in these protests. Thousands of women will be mobilised in these protest actions.

The Asia Bibi Case in Pakistan Should Serve As a Warning for Us in India

THE Asia Bibi case in Pakistan and the recent developments on it, should serve as a warning for us in India. The relevance for us in India, although it happened in entirely different circumstances, is that it was triggered by blatant defiance and opposition to a landmark Supreme Court judgement by zealots operating in the guise of defending religion and religious sentiment.

Sabarimala: BJP’s Challenge to Democracy, Harmony and Women’s Rights

FOLLOWING the BJP president Amit Shah’s open call to defy the Supreme Court judgement lifting the ban on entry of women into the temple, the BJP-RSS combine in Kerala has declared a six day rath yatra to the temple. This should not be seen as an issue that concerns Kerala alone. It is a test of the waters of river Sarayu where the Babri Masjid once stood. Amit Shah’s comments that courts should pass only such judgements as can be implemented are equally directed to the Supreme Court on the Ayodhya matter.

Larger Context of ‘Me Too’ Movement

WHILE more and more instances of sexual harassment and assault are being reported under “Me Too” movement from various walks of life, there is enough reason to believe that it is merely the tip that is beginning to get visible and that the huge bergs of deeply embedded gender bias and discrimination and the ‘larger fishes’ involved in sexual assault continue to sprawl underground. Yet even this ‘tip’ has wider implications, as it spreads its tentacles from the world of Bollywood and news media to art, politics, business, sports and literally every nook and corner on earth.

AIDWA Denounces BJP-RSS Threats to Women

IN a press statement issued on October 16, the AIDWA has strongly condemned the efforts of BJP-RSS backed right wing groups to create a communal frenzy against the implementation of the orders of the Supreme Court(SC) in the Sabarimala case. The court upheld the equal right of women to worship at the temple under Article 25 of the constitution. However, ever since the judgement came, the RSS and its affiliated organisations have attacked the SC and the LDF government which has respected the judgment.

AIDWA Demands Justice for Victims of Sexual Assault and Harassment

THE All India Democratic Women’s Association, in a statement issued on October 10, has expressed its deep outrage over the sexual abuse and trauma that a number of women in the field of media have suffered. Some of them have broken their silence recently and come out with shocking complaints of sexual harassment and assault against leading media personalities. It salutes the brave women who have come forth to challenge the prevailing patriarchal norms which indict the victim rather than the perpetrator in such cases.

AIDWA Welcomes SC Judgment Recognizing Women Equal Rights to Places of Worship

THE All India Democratic Women’s Association, in a statement issued on September 28, has welcomed the judgment of the Supreme Court in the Sabarimala case which has allowed the entry of women of all ages into the temple. Earlier, the Sabarimala Temple rules had barred women between the ages of 10-50 years from entering the temple on account of antiquated notions of impurity associated with menstruation and other similar notions.

AIDWA Protests against Triple Talaq Ordinance

THE All India Democratic Women’s Association, in a statement issued on September 20, has expressed its strong protest over the promulgation of the Triple Talaq ordinance by the central government on September 19, 2018. The ordinance is an attempt to undermine the democratic process since many organisations, including AIDWA, had demanded that the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017, pending in the Rajya Sabha, should be referred to a select committee for further discussion and debate before being brought in as a law.

AIDWA Welcomes Supreme Court Judgement on 498A

THE All India Democratic Women’s Association, in a statement issued on September 15, has welcomed the SC judgement on Section 498A IPC to the extent that it does away with the constitution of family welfare committees ordered by the SC in the Rajesh Sharma case. These committees were meant to look into and examine all cases of domestic abuse and harassment for dowry under 498A IPC before an FIR could be registered. The SC has rightly held that the constitution of such committees and giving them powers is erroneous and impermissible and not in accordance with the law.

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