AIDWA

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What is AIDWA?

AIDWA is a left oriented women's organisation committed to achieving democracy, equality and women's emancipation. AIDWA membership comprises women of all strata, regardless of caste, class or creed but its main focus of attention is work among the poorer sections of women. AIDWA was founded in 1981, as an all India organisation. However, several State units of the organisation had come into existence in the crucible of the freedom struggle and have a commendable record of anti-imperialist and pro-working people's activism, dating back to pre-Independance days. AIDWA now has an organisatio...

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Contact AIDWA.

Write to: All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) 2253 E, SHADI KHAMPUR, NEW RANJEET NAGAR,  NEW DELHI-110001 Phone : 91 11 25700476, 26709565       Email: aidwacec@gmail.com

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How can you help?

* If you are eligible, join AIDWA and work in any of its programmes. * Raise funds for the organisation. * Buy its literature and help disseminate information about its work. * Enrol subscribers for the AIDWA journals. * Help in the various ongoing compaigns as a volunteer. * Help women help themselves.

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AIDWA Publications

AIDWA publishes a quarterly called Women's Equality in English and Samyaa in Hindi. Some State units publish monthly journals in regional languages. To view a complte list of all the publications Click Here

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How is AIDWA organised?

Its organisational strength lies in thousands of elected grass roots units from the village and the city neighbourhood levels going up to the Central Executive Committee at the national level. Unit committees can be organised wherever there are more than 50 members and any member of AIDWA is eligible to get elected to the committees. Any woman above age of 16 who subscribes to the AIDWA constitution and programme is eligible for membership of the organisation. Membership of the organisation has to be renewed every year on the basis of an annual membership fee of Re. One (at present). A...

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Research Centre

The "Indian School of Women's Studies and Development", a registered Centre sponsored by AIDWA has been set up recently. Its aims include evaluation of women's role in society, trends in social and economic organisations which impinge on women's lives, enhancing women's effective participation in the development process. The Centre plans to take up projects with a view to linking women's studies to the women's movement.

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What does AIDWA do?

AIDWA addresses the problems of women from a perspective of gender, citizenship and class engaging in a host of activities. Help women victims of family violence get justice through hundreds of legal aid and counselling centres and groups, and more significantly, through collective actions of women, including the victims. It has run campaigns in neighbourhoods against wife beating, dowry demands etc., and has in many cases successfully mobilised community action in support of the victim. In many incidents AIDWA has very successfully initiated legal action in courts in defense of the victim. AI...

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What is AIDWA's perspective of women's oppression?

The large majority of women in India suffer the burden of discrimination on the basis of their gender. In addition, because women do not form a homogenous group, different sections of women face added burdens of exploitation if they belong to an exploited class or oppressed caste or minority. In the Indian context, the "women's issue" has to take into account all these aspects of discrimination. The Indian State, representing as it does the narrow interests of the powerful elite of the capitalist and landlord classes, strengthens patriarchy as an ideology intrinsic to its interests. Many o...

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