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Memo on WRBill to Laloo Prasad Yadav May 2006

20 May 2006  PRESS RELEASE WOMEN’S ORGANISATIONS SUBMIT MEMORANDUM ON WOMEN’S RESERVATION BILL TO SHRI LALOO PRASAD YADAV A delegation comprising of leading  women’s organizations  namely AIDWA, AIWC, CWDS, FORCES, Guild of Services, JWP, Muslim Women’s Forum, NFIW, SAMA, and YWCA met the Railway Minister Shri Laloo Prasad Yadav on the 20th of May 2006. They submitted a memorandum requesting him to proactively intervene so that the Women’s Reservation Bill is placed and passed in Parliament. The Minister received the delegation warmly. He...

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Press release AIDWA welcomes C.P.I (M) Sec's statement on Women's Reservation Bill

                                                      ALL INDIA DEMOCRATIC WOMEN’S ASSOCITATION                               121, VITHAL BHAI PATEL HOUSE, RAFI MARG,   &nbs...

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JOINT PRESS RELEASE

   Date : 30th Nov. 2006 A Joint delegation of Women’s Organizations led by Rajya Sabha M.P. – Brinda Karat met Railway Minister  Mr. Laloo Prasad Yadav today to press for the placement of the women’s Reservation Bill during the ongoing session of parliament.  Though the Minister gave a patient hearing but failed to give any concrete assurance about the introduction or the passage of the Bill.  The delegation included representatives from  1.        MS. BRINDA KARAT,PRAMILA PANDHE    (AID...

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An Appeal

Friends, For ten years the 33% Women's Reservation Bill has been pending before Parliament. It is on the election manifesto of every National party, but has not got translated into law, though promises have been made in abundance. Every conceivable alternative has been proposed, but these have proved at best impractical and at worst deliberate attempts to divert the Bill from its main objective of providing one-third representation for half the population of India. Though women make a significant contribution to the economy and society, they are today grossly underrepresented in Parli...

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NOTICE TO UPA GOVERNMENT ON WOMENS RESERVATION BILL

31st July 2006 Ten national women’s organizations have issued notice to the UPA Government that they will not brook any further delay in passage of the 33% Women’s Reservation Bill. They demanded that there should no more postponement in the guise of “consensus.” There has been a positive change in the stance of some of the alliance partners. This should be made into an opportunity, and the original Bill should be introduced in Parliament immediately for an open discussion. After members move their amendments, the Bill should be put to vote. The Congress should...

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JOINT MEMORANDUM TO PM ON WOMENS RESERVATION BILL

3rd August 2006 To: The Hon. Prime Minister Government of India New Delhi 110 001 Dear Shri Manmohan Singhji Women from different parts of the country have assembled here at Delhi and are sitting on a dharna at Parliament Street to demand the immediate passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill. They include Ministers, MLAs, Presidents of Zilla Parishads/District Panchayats, Sarpanches and Grampanchayat members, eminent intellectuals, economists, social scientists, historians, teachers, professionals such as lawyers, doctors, journalists, artistes, etc, all of whom have gathe...

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JOINT MEMORANDUM FOR 33% RESERVATION FOR WOMEN IN PARLIAMENT AND STATE ASSEMBLIES

JOINT MEMORANDUM FOR 33% RESERVATION FOR WOMEN IN PARLIAMENT AND STATE ASSEMBLIES 30th November 2006 A Joint delegation of women’s prganizations led by Rajya Sabha M.P. Brinda Karat met Railway Minister Mr. Lalu Prasad Yadav today to press for the placement of the Women’s Reservation Bill during the ongoing session of parliament.  Though the Minister gave a patient hearing, he failed to give any concrete assurance about the introduction or the passage of the Bill.  The delegation included the following representatives: Brinda Karat/Pramila Pandhe (AIDWA) Mary...

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JOINT MEMO TO PM ON RESERVATION BILL

19 May 2006 A delegation of representatives from women’s organizations met the Prime Minister today to demand that the Women’s Reservation Bill should be enacted immediately. A memorandum was submitted to him in this regard. The PM assured the delegation that he would do his best to move the legislation forward in the next session of Parliament, and would convene a meeting of the coalition partners to discuss the matter. Women’s organizations have called for a widespread movement across the country, culminating in Delhi during the next session of Parliament to ensure...

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Towards Justice & Equality For Dalits

  26 January, 2003 R Chandra AFTER more than five decades since independence, though the Indian constitution proclaims the equality of all citizens, what is the reality on the ground? The Vedas are being invoked to uphold the highly inegalitarian and hierarchical varnashrama system as the God's own creation, implying that to challenge it is to insult the God! In contemporary India, reactionaries and fundamentalists invoke the sanctions of the caste system to deny the Dalits and other oppressed communities all access to economic and social progr...

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Reality Of Caste Politics In UTTAR PRADESH

  24 November, 2002 Subhashini Ali GIVING the lie to S S Ahluwallia’s erroneous statements made before the United Nations stating that barbarous acts of ‘honour killings’ were unknown in civilised India, media reports of November 14-16 gave grisly details of the brutal murder of a young girl, Gudiya, and two young men, Dharam Singh and Rakesh in Atta village of Jalaun district in Uttar Pradesh. According to these reports, Gudiya ran away from her home on the 13/14th night. Her brother and father suspected Dharam Singh of having eloped with her...

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Memorandum to NHRC On Jhajjar Caste Panchayat Ruling

  31 October, 2004   The National Human Rights Commission has issued notice to the Haryana government seeking a report about the status of the case of a husband and wife who were declared brother and sister by a self-styled caste panchayat in Jhajhar, Haryana and asked the state police to ensure their safety. The NHRC chairperson Justice A S Anand has asked the chief secretary and the Director General of Police of the state as well as the Commissioner and Senior Superintendent of Police (Rohtak) to look into the complaint filed by All...

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A Brave Woman Fights For Rights with AIDWA Support

    THIS is the story of a woman who dared to challenge patriarchal norms of subordinate behaviour expected of married women. It is the story of deep inequalities inherent in the prevailing Hindu personal law in relation to the property rights for women. The concerned woman’s name is Kamla. She is 35 years old and has a son, Vinod, who is 18 years old. She lives in a village in Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan. Two years after her marriage to Ram Swaroop, she was deserted by her husband who subsequently married another woman. She and...

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AIDWA WELCOMES CABINET DECISION TO INCREASE RESERVATION FOR WOMEN IN LOCAL SELF GOVERNMENT

27 August 2009 AIDWA welcomes the Cabinet decision to increase reservation for women in panchayats and urban local bodies to fifty percent. This will facilitate women’s increased participation in decision-making. However, to further strengthen the democratic process and enhance women’s involvement in the highest decision making bodies, this measure has to be followed up with passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill, which has been pending before Parliament. We may put on record that a promise to this effect was made in the Presidential Address to the Joint session of...

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AIDWA WELCOMES CABINET DECISION TO INCREASE RESERVATION FOR WOMEN IN LOCAL SELF GOVERNMENT

27 August 2009 AIDWA welcomes the Cabinet decision to increase reservation for women in panchayats and urban local bodies to fifty percent. This will facilitate women’s increased participation in decision-making. However, to further strengthen the democratic process and enhance women’s involvement in the highest decision making bodies, this measure has to be followed up with passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill, which has been pending before Parliament. We may put on record that a promise to this effect was made in the Presidential Address to the Joint session of...

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ON INTRODUCTION OF WOMENS RESERVATION BILL IN PARLIAMENT

23rd November 2006 Women’s organizations welcome the decision of the UPA-Left Coordination Committee to introduce the Women’s Reservation Bill in the current session of Parliament, as evidenced from the statement of the Prime Minister in this regard. Yesterday, the women’s delegation that met the Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Somnath Chatterjee to urge him to expedite the Bill also received an encouraging response. He congratulated the women’s organizations for carrying on such a sustained struggle, and promised to do everything within his authority for the smooth pas...

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Universalise the Public Distribution System - Chalo Planning Commision

4th March 2008 - CHALO PLANNING COMMISSION!   UNIVERSALISE THE PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM!   PUBLIC HEALTH, EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND SOCIAL SECURITY FOR ALL   WE SAY …NO TO TARGETING!   “garibon ko mitane wali garibi rekha hatao”!   Consider the following:   IN OUR COUNTRY… 79% unorganised workers, 88% Dalits and Adivasis, 80% OBCs and 84% Muslims survive on Rs 20 per day The consumption of foodgrains per person has declined from 476grams per day to 418 grams per day. In other words, on a...

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WOMEN DEMAND THE RIGHT TO LIVE A LIFE FREE FROM HUNGER

  10 December, 2002   On Human Rights Day today, thousands of women in at least 250 centres all over India demonstrated for the basic human right for a life free from hunger. Organised by the All India Democratic Women's Association the protests included gheraos and picketing of FCI godowns, demonstrations at Central Government offices and dharnas before State Assemblies. In New Delhi hundreds of women blocked the main road outside the Ministry for Food. Carrying placards and banners that depicted the terrible plight of poor women and chil...

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Struggle For Food Security in Uttar Pradesh

  20 October, 2002 Subhashini Ali THE last two weeks have seen many meetings and demonstrations of women organised by the All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) in various villages and districts of Uttar Pradesh, demanding food security by making cheap foodgrains available to the poor. The recent drought, the basically flawed system of rationing in place of the universal public distribution system, and the apathetic and insensitive attitude of the state government to the sufferings of the poor, have created a system where hunger has b...

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Inspiring Sangharsh Sabha For A New Food Policy

  4 May, 2003 Indu Agnihotri ON April 24, in a historic and inspiring gathering at the Mavalankar Hall grounds, New Delhi, thousands of women from 19 states, mainly poor rural women, redefined the concept of women's "empowerment" and advance, asserting that policies that ignored the needs and concerns of poor women were a farce and a mockery. The Sangharsh Sabha organised by the All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) highlighted the crucial linkages between food deprivation and declining status of rural women as experienced by the mas...

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Declaration of Sangharsh Sabha for Food and Work

      This national convention organized by the All India Democratic Women's Association, of women of the labouring classes, being held on the demands for a new food policy, cheap rations and regular employment, extends its solidarity with all movements that protect and defend the interests of the working people against the onslaught of liberalization policies. Liberalisation policies have increased inequalities between the rich and the poor and consequent to prevailing male supremacist cultures, between men and women. This convention...

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