Gender Issues

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.

AIDWA Organises Convention against Haryana Panchayat Raj Amendment Act

THE All India Democratic Women’s Association organised a convention against Haryana Panchayat Raj Amendment Act on February 16 at Constitution Club, New Delhi. AIDWA has been continuously fighting against disenfranchisation of a huge section of population from contesting panchayat polls in Haryana and Rajasthan, thus attacking the democratic structure of panchayats as a whole. The convention was participated by social workers, mass organisation activists, legal persons, academicians and political personalities.

Women’s Organisations Oppose Dangerous Proposals of the WCD Minister

THE national women’s organisations – AIDWA,   NFIW, JWP, CWDS, GOS, Bulbul Das, Binodini Moses and concerned individuals, Dr Mohan Rao     (Professor, JNU) and Dr Sabu George (social activist), in a joint statement issued on February 5 have expressed strong condemnation and shock at the suggestion made by the central minister for women and child development, Maneka Gandhi to subject all pregnant women to a sex determination test, record the sex of the foetus, track and monitor the pregnancy, and thereby prevent sex selection.

Is It ‘Beti Bachao’ Or ‘Beti Hatao’, asks AIDWA

IN a statement issued on February 2, the All India Democratic Women’s Association has strongly condemned the proposal made by the women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi to make sex determination compulsory with a view to curb sex selection. As she has clearly stated herself it has been made in order to absolve doctors and the “fraternity involved in medical processes”, and shift the onus of responsibility to the pregnant woman.

MAHARASHTRA: AIDWA Leads Women’s Siege to Dahanu SDO Office

THE prices of essential commodities have sky-rocketed; no work is available under MNREGA in the villages; the means of livelihood of the peasants have shrunk due to drought; and over and above this, ration grains too are not being distributed. Women face harassment in the government hospital. These factors led to tremendous unrest and anger amongst women in the Dahanu tehsil of Palghar district. Many memoranda were submitted to the officials and discussions held on the atrocious functioning of the PDS. But to no avail.

AIDWA Condemns Brutal Rape & Murder Of a Girl in Bengal

IN a press statement issued on November 23, the All India Democratic Women’s Association has strongly condemned the brutal rape and murder of an adolescent girl of tenth class in Kakdwip, South 24 Parganas on November 22. This is an incident trailing after Park Street, Kamduni, Katwa and innumerable such in West Bengal under the regime of a woman chief minister. The earlier cases are yet to see justice. AIDWA strongly feels that West Bengal has become a state of rape and violence against women.

AIDWA Fights for "My Choice, My Right"

IN a democratic country where the constitution provides the right to live with dignity to all its citizens, choice becomes an important matter. Choice, in totality includes everything – education, dressing, living etc,  and in a globalised world where people from various backgrounds are interacting with one another, the freedom to choose a partner becomes an important aspect of choice.

Karat Meets Parrikar Seeking Support for Permanent Commissioning of Women Navy Officers

DEFENCE Minister Manohar Parrikar has given a categorical assurance to a group of women officers of the Navy, who met him on September 28 in New Delhi, along with CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Brinda Karat, that he fully supports the September 4 High Court judgement for their immediate reinstatement as permanent commission officers. He told the delegation that he would also take appropriate measures to see that there was no appeal against the judgement by the Navy.


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