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OPEN LETTER TO CHIEF MINISTER, DELHI ON HER REMARKS ON SAFETY OF WOMEN

3 October 2008 Dear Shrimati Sheila Dikshitji Several news channels have reported your statement in response to the murder of Soumya Viswanathan in the early hours of Oct 1st, 2008, on Nelson Mandela Marg Delhi. We from the AIDWA express our deep sense of shock at your insensitive response to this outrageous incident of the murder of a young woman while she was returning from work. Coming in the wake of Delhi having earned for itself the distinction of being the crime capital of India over the last several years, your comment reveals the lack of concern for the problem of risin...

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JOINT PEACE DELEGATION OF NATIONAL WOMENS ORGANISATIONS TO JAMMU

13 August 2008 A joint peace delegation of national women’s organizations comprising of Mohini Giri (Guild of Service), Jyotsna Chatterji (Joint Women’s Programme), Annie Raja (National Federation of Indian Women), Afroz (War Widows Association) Subhashini Ali (All India Democratic Women’s Association) and Veenabehn (Akhil Bharatiya Rachnatmak Samaj) returned to Delhi from Jammu yesterday after a two-day visit.  Our objective was to listen to all sections to understand their feelings and to appeal for peace and harmony and the restoration of normalcy which is nec...

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JOINT PRESS STATEMENT BY WOMEN'S ORGANIZATIONS ON AMAR SINGH'S SEXIST REMARKS

9 July 2008    The widely reported remark made by Shri Amar Singh using sexist language to describe meetings between political leaders, is highly objectionable, condemnable, and unacceptable. He has been reported as using terms like 'suhaagraat' (wedding night) and 'balaatkar' (rape) to refer to the meetings between Ms. Sonia Gandhi, and leaders of other political parties.  It is quite shocking that a political leader can make comments in such bad taste about political relationships that involve a prominent woman leader of the country. There are many women in high po...

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NOTE ON WHY THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD REOPEN VACCINE PRODUCING PSUs

4 May 2008 The recent moratorium on vaccine production by the Health Ministry of 3 public sector companies that were producing and supplying vaccines like DPT, TT, and BCG etc. for the Govt’s universal immunization programme is a highly questionable decision which will have adverse effects on our country’s immunization programme. The move not only potentially affects the employment of the few thousands of employees working in these units in a most unjust fashion. It also throws open our vaccination services to private players who are already poised to enter into the lucrati...

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AIDWA EXPRESSES SHOCK AND GRIEF ON ASSAM BOMB BLASTS

31 October 2008 The All India Democratic Association (AIDWA) expresses shock and grief at the string of bomb blasts that occurred in Assam yesterday.  Recent weeks in Assam have seen ethnic clashes, attacks on minorities and many tragic deaths in police firing and violence.  Hundreds of thousands of poor people mostly belonging to the minorities and many from the Bodo tribe are eking out a miserable existence in camps.  And now, to add to the travails of the people of Assam and also to stoke feelings of anger and division among them has come this string of bomb blasts t...

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AIDWA CALLS ON WOMEN TO RAISE THEIR VOICE AGAINST THE NUCLEAR DEAL.

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AIDWA CONDEMNS DISMISSAL OF JET EMPLOYEES

16 October 2008 The Central Executive Committee of the All India Democratic Women’s Association, presently in session at Kolkata strongly condemns the arbitrary dismissal of 1900 employees of Jet Airways. Once again women are bearing the brunt of the job cuts which are seen by these private airlines as a means of staying profitable in these times of financial crisis. Many of the dismissed probationers are young women from economically insecure families who have borrowed large amounts of money in order to train themselves qualify for these jobs. This was touted as one of the su...

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REPORT OF COMMEMORATION OF 7TH SUSHEELA GOPALAN MEMORIAL DAY

19 December 2008 The All India Democratic Women’s Association observed the 7th Susheela Gopalan Memorial Day today at V. P. House Lawns against terrorism and communalism, and in defence of our secular heritage.   The Programme started with songs by Manjeet and the cultural group ‘Bigul’. The proceedings were presided by Member of Parliament, Sati Devi, who paid homage to late Susheela Gopalan, former General Secretary of AIDWA. The welcome address was given by Sudha Sundararaman, General Secretary of the AIDWA, who explained that this programme was being obse...

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HUMAN CHAIN FOR COMMUNAL HARMONY ON 30 JANUARY 2008

30 January 2008             The All India Democratic Women’s Association formed a Human Chain today along with other national women’s organizations to uphold communal harmony and strengthen social justice in our country and to unite against the growing culture of violence. Women from various parts of the city numbering more than a hundred assembled at the Sansad Marg to observe the 60th Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination at the hands of the RSS fanatic, Nathuram Godse. In times when communal forces are...

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MEMORANDUM ON PHASE IV TRIALS OF NET EN AND CYCLOFEM TO BE DELIVERED THROUGH THE PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEM

22 April 2008 To: Dr. A Ramadoss Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Nirman Bhavan New Delhi 110 108 Subject: Women's groups protest proposal for the Phase IV trials of Net En and Cyclofem to be delivered through the public health system. Sir, We, as concerned women's groups, health groups and individuals are alarmed by the proposed initiation of Phase IV trials for injectable contraceptives Net En and Cyclofem by the MOHFW through the public health system. This proposal for the Phase IV trials of Net En and Cyclofem...

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JOINT MEMORANDUM BY WOMEN'S GROUPS TO DEMAND THE RE-OPENING OF VACCINE PRODUCING PUBLIC SECTOR UNITS

18 July 2008 To:   Dr. A Ramadoss                                                                                              ...

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ON OPPOSITION BY RSS TO SEX EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS

18 July 2007 The All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) expresses its strong criticism of the RSS-affiliated Shiksha Bachao Andolan Samiti's latest diatribe against the provision of sex education for adolescents in schools.  At a time when more and more facts are coming to light about the sexual attacks of various kinds faced by adolescents at home, in schools and in the public sphere, the need for them to be given the requisite knowledge to recognise and ward off such advances is very necessary.  It is also essential for young people to have access to know...

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ON STAYING OBC RESERVATIONS IN CENTRAL EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

31 March 2007 The All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) views with great concern the Supreme Court interim order staying the OBC reservations in Central educational institutions. This is an extremely retrograde move that will affect thousands of students who are from less privileged strata of society. The admission of girls from these sections will also be severely impeded. This is an injustice that goes against the tenets of equal opportunity enshrined in our Constitution. It is extremely unfortunate that the highest court in the land is removing the few safeguards t...

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AIDWA CONDEMNS TWIN BOMB BLASTS IN HYDERABAD

25 August 2007 AIDWA strongly condemns the two bomb blasts in Hyderabad city on 25 August 2007 which have led to the deaths of 42 persons and in which more than 100 innocent citizens have been injured. Those who have lost their lives include 7 women, 2 children, and as many as 13 people from minorities. This ghastly attack by certain terrorist groups is aimed at disrupting normal life and communal harmony and creating a sense of insecurity through unleashing maximum terror. Hence it is important for the Government to identify and put a check on these elements at the earliest. We exte...

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STATEMENT ON UNORGANISED SOCIAL SECURITY BILL

26 May 2007 AIDWA register its deep disappointment that the Unorganized Labour (Social Security) Bill, approved by the Union cabinet on May 24th has failed to address the tremendous hardship and insecurity being faced by workers in the unorganized sector. We wish to point out that almost 93% of working women fall within this category of workers, and they are the most underpaid and grossly overworked section. Not only can they never be sure of their jobs or income, they are often subject to sexual harassment and gender discrimination as well. AIDWA, along with other organizations, has...

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WITHDRAW HEALTH PROFORMA FOR CENTRAL GOVERNMENT WOMEN OFFICERS

12 April 2007 The All India Democratic Women’s Association strongly objects to the health proforma for female officers that has been prescribed by the Central Govt. as part of the All India Services Annual Performance Appraisal Report and notified on March 14th 2007. The proforma stipulates that women officers should furnish personal details about menstrual history, last pregnancy etc, which are quite degrading, and totally unnecessary for any kind of work performance appraisal. It is quite unacceptable that the Central Government should intrude into women’s personal liv...

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AIDWA DEMANDS SECURITY FOR TASLEEMA NASREEN

27 November 2007 The All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) demands that the Government of India provide security and shelter to Ms. Tasleema Nasreen. AIDWA has always condemned physical attacks and abuse directed against Ms. Tasleema.  We have our differences with many of her statements but have always demanded that her safety be ensured, especially while she is a guest in our country. The recent incidents concerning the author have once again brought to the fore the issues of fanaticism and intolerance.  It is imperative that the debate that has been spa...

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WOMEN HAVE THE RIGHT TO SERVE AS BARTENDERS

7th December 2007 AIDWA supports the Supreme Court judgment upholding women’s rights to serve as bartenders, which is in tune with the fundamental rights of women not to be discriminated against in accessing employment on the basis of their gender. However, the Supreme Court judgment has further specified that the security of the employee is the liability of the employer. AIDWA feels that the employer must take full responsibility in guaranteeing their safety, both at the place of work, and 4in ensuring safe and reliable transport for young women to and from their place of resi...

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PRESS STATEMENT AGAINST THE CASTEIST AND ANTI-WOMEN REMARKS OF TIKAIT

The All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) strongly condemns the abusive, casteist, anti-dalit and anti-women tirade of Mahendar Singh Tikait, leader of the Kisan Union at a public meeting in Bijnore when referring to Ms. Mayawati, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.  He even went to the extent of referring to bodily functions in an extremely offensive manner. This is the most reprehensible form of caste mobilization that AIDWA has always fought against.  AIDWA calls upon all women’s organizations and other democratic forces to denounce such debased politi...

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OPPOSITION TO ENTRY OF WALMART INTO RETAIL TRADE

28 November 2006 The All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) expresses its opposition to the joint venture between Bharati Enterprises and Walmart in the retail trade which is nothing but a backdoor entry of the mega-multinational into the retail trade. At a time when employment opportunities in our country are dwindling drastically, the retail trade which gives employment to about 6 crore people, most of them belonging to the lower middle class and poorer sections, this is a dangerous development.  AIDWA is especially concerned because crores of women are also inv...

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