THE All India Democratic Women’s Association in a statement issued on October 1 has strongly condemned the recently appointed National Commission for Women chairperson’s reported efforts to exonerate the RSS and its leaders (who are prominent leaders of the BJP) of any agency in coining, and propagating the term “love jihad”. The remarks of the chairperson in this regard have been published in a leading daily on October 1, 2014.
“HUM bhi insaan hain, hamein insaan kyun nahi samajhte (We are also human beings, why are we not treated like humans?)
-Shiela, a live-out domestic worker from Shaheed Camp in Dakshinpuri, South Delhi.
A JOINT delegation of women’s organisations comprising Jagmati Sangwan, general secretary (AIDWA), Sudha Sundararaman, vice president (AIDWA), Annie Raja (NFIW), Jyotsna Chatterjee (JWP), Indrani Mazumdar (CWDS), Sharla James (GOS), Asha Gambhir (AIWC), Divya David (YWCA) and Binish (AIDMAM), met Lok Sabha Speaker, Sumitra Mahajan, on July 3 to express their concern at the shocking statement made by Tapas Paul, TMC MP. The delegation submitted a memorandum demanding stern action against the member concerned for his public threats to rape and kill.
On June 9, several national level organisations of women sent the following letter to the prime minister, Narendra Modi, demanding 33 percent reservation for women in legislative bodies.
THE address by the president of India to both houses of parliament on June 9, 2014 has stated, in clause 19, the government’s commitment to provide 33 percent reservation to women in parliament and state legislative assemblies.
A DELEGATION of the All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) comprising of Jagmati Sangwan, general secretary, Sheba Farooqui, secretary accompanied by Rajeev Shant and Banne Ali of the Uttar Pradesh All India Agricultural Workers Union had visited Katara Saadatganj village in Badaun district of UP on May 30, 2014, where the horrible incident of gang-rape and murder of two minor OBC girls occurred on May 27, 2014.
The following is an open letter sent by leading women’s organizations to Delhi chief minister on January 21 demanding immediate and appropriate action against Somnath Bharti and registration of cases against those responsible for the racial profiling and harassment of African women in Khirki Village and dropping the demand of suspension of the Malviya Nagar SHO.
AIDWA strongly condemns the heinous incident of so-called ‘honour killing’ which took place recently in village Eruar, under Bhatar Thana, district Burdwan, in West Bengal. Mousumi Shah (17) and ShambhuBagdi, an agricultural labourer in the village, had been in love for some time and in the face of opposition to their marriage from Mousumi’s family, left the village together a few days back and took shelter in the house of a relative in the neighbouring village of Pichkuri under Ausgram Thana. According to some reports, they had already got married.
THIS is about three stories – of a sant, a judge and an editor. The Sant is a jnani who attains moksha and shows the path to God; the Judge, who, according to George Mikes, has a 'God complex' and the third and the most important one is about an editor who considers himself as 'one who can make or break a God'. Though all three seem to be related with God, God is not our concern here. They are.
ON November 18, leaders of the School Teachers’ Federation of India (STFI) met the president of India to submit one crore signatures in support of women teachers, girl children and women’s demands. The delegation was led by STFI president Abhijit Mukharjee and included its general secretary K Rajendran, treasurer C N Bharti, vice president T Ganesan, and secretaries Utpal Ray, Swapan Pal and Sima Dutta.