OUR BRAVE SISTERS IN INDIA. . . . .TAKE A STAND
Uttar Pradesh is a state in India, with a population of over l90 million people and it’s India’s most populous state. It is considered the birthplace of Hinduism.
Long oppressed and treated like second class citizens and denied the right to work and often subjected to domestic violence, the women have formed collectives to fight back, and demand work and their rights.
A two day convention on March 24, 25, 2011 was held in Uttar Pradesh that focused on empowering rural women, developing leadership qualities and reaching out to women marginalized in society.
The collective has helped with programs in literacy and has furnished a platform for dealing with social issues such as abuse and taking on corrupt officials. The women have dared to stage sit ins and demonstrations which have helped their causes.
Over 400 women attended the two- day conference where they shared stories of successes and gathered strength for challenges. By banding together they have been able to demand pay for their work, participate in government and social affairs, take stands against domestic violence and make enormous changes.
Since 2007, over 40,000 women from backward communities have participated in the collectives and they are gaining power and strength from each other.3030 women are in leadership roles in community- based organizations. These women understand issues, are capable of initiating projects and can give direction to the group. The organization creates a collective where they are free to advocate for their civil rights.
You go girls!