AIDWA

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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AIDWA Against Dilution Of EGA

  10 December, 2002   HUNDREDS of All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) activists were arrested by the Delhi police while they were staging a protest demo against the dilution of the proposed Employment Guarantee Act in New Delhi on December 10. They were demanding that the proposed Act must ensure 100 days employment on a universal basis to all adult Indians. Among those who were arrested at the parliament street demonstration included Brinda Karat, Pramila Pandhe and Ashalata, all senior office bearers of the organisation....

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Efforts To Rebuild Confidence in Gujrat

  15 December, 2002 Kalindi Deshpande THE Sangh Parivar's motive to put into practice its ideology of 'Hindu Rashtra' became clear right from the time it became a ruling power with a two thirds majority in Gujarat, through its constant efforts at creating communal tension in the state time and again. But this was precisely the reason for the apprehensions that gripped the All India Democratic Women's association (AIDWA) regarding the danger the Parivar would cause to the dignity and life of women, particularly of those from the minority communi...

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Seminar on Son Preference at Asian Social Forum Hyderabad

  2 February, 2003 Kiran Moghe AS a part of the Asian Social Forum held at Hyderabad, the All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) organised on January 3 a seminar on the theme of "Expanding Dimensions of Son Preference in India." Indu Agnihotri chaired the seminar while Mythili Sivaraman presented the keynote address. Other speakers were Gigi Francesco (Philippines), Tahera Ali (Pakistan), Jagmati Sangwan and Chandrakala Pandey (India). DIMENSIONS OF SON PREFERENCE After a brief introduction by the chairperson, AIDWA vice president...

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Devastation caused by Tsunami in Tamilnadu

      Loss of life as per Govt. statistics : 8434 Nagapattinam : 6032 (could be more) Kanyakumari : 817 Cuddalore : 606 Chennai : 206 Kancheepuram : 128       Other 8 districts account for the remaining. Tota...

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Women Hold Militant Actions For Food Security in Maharashtra

  9 November, 2003 Mariam Dhawale FOR the past few years, the Maharashtra state committee of the All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) has been leading a sustained struggle on the issue of right to food, universalisation of the public distribution system (PDS), expansion of the Antyodaya scheme and provision of work under the Employment Guarantee Scheme (EGS). To highlight these and other related issues, the AIDWA state committee decided to intensify the agitation and a call for militant actions was given last month, on the eve of th...

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Need For Long Term Rehabilitation Measures for Earthquake Affected in Jammu and Kashmir

  13 November, 2005   “The tragic reports of people’s lives wrecked by the earthquake in Kashmir, especially in Uri and Tanghdhar, underline the need for sustained relief and rehabilitation efforts not only by government agencies, but all sections of society. The extent of the damage is so extensive that the state administration, the army, and all organisations will have to coordinate efforts to achieve any impact on the ground. Rehabilitation and reconstruction processes have been set in motion by the government with the backup provided b...

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Kashmir Earthquake Relief: Need for Long term Rehabilitation Measures

      "The tragic reports of people's lives wrecked by the earthquake in Kashmir, especially in Uri and Tanghdhar indicate the need for sustained relief and rehabilitation efforts not only by government agencies, but all sections of society. The extent of the damage is so extensive that the State, the Army, and all organizations will have to coordinate efforts for any impact on the ground. Rehabilitation and reconstruction processes have been set in motion by the Government with the back up provided by the army, and help from voluntar...

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ALL INDIA DEMOCRATIC WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION NATIONAL CONVENTION AGAINST FRADULENT BPL TARGETING THAT EXCLUDES THE POOR

New Delhi, 4th March 2008 RESOLUTION This National Convention representing women from several states across the country in one voice questions the methodology of poverty assessment and the related policy of identification of families below the poverty line (BPL) of the Government of India. The policy of targeting adopted by the government excludes large masses of the poor and needy from the benefits of subsidised food grains, public health and education services, pension schemes, housing and a vast number of government programmes. This is adversely affecting women - headed families,...

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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 an average people are eating 21 kgs less than before. Every second child under 3 years of age is underweight...

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NATIONAL CONVENTION AGAINST FRADULENT BPL TARGETING THAT EXCLUDES THE POOR

ALL INDIA DEMOCRATIC WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION NATIONAL CONVENTION AGAINST FRADULENT BPL TARGETING THAT EXCLUDES THE POOR New Delhi, 4th March 2008   RESOLUTION   This National Convention representing women from several states across the country in one voice questions the methodology of poverty assessment and the related policy of identification of families below the poverty line (BPL) of the Government of India. The policy of targeting adopted by the government excludes large masses of the poor and needy from the benefits of subsidised food grains, public health and education serv...

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FUTURE TASKS SET OUT IN THE NINTH AIDWA CONFERENCE

9th to 12th November 2010, Kanpur From the General Secretary’s Report on Socio-Political Developments: “Our struggles have been many; we have enjoyed some successes as well, but the forces enjoying the fruits of neo liberal growth models are teaming up with the forces of social conservatism and creating further gender inequalities, along with unleashing greater violence against women. Our work has to intensify and diversify so that we can change the situation in favour of women. We have to combat the all out efforts being made to malign the Left, which are aimed at weaken...

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7th national Conference On AIDWA

  12 December, 2004 Sudha Sundararaman THERE were two important components to the report presented to the seventh national conference of All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) by its general secretary. The first section assessed the status of women in the context of international and national developments, and the second was a review of the AIDWA’s interventions, struggles and organisational growth in the period 2001-2004. The report generated a very meaningful and perceptive discussion, with 67 delegates participating over two days....

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Meeting of the Central Executive Committee, Jaipur 4-5 February 2006

      RESOLUTIONS RESIST MOVES TO FURTHER WEAKEN THE PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM The Central Executive Committee of the All India Democratic Women's Association strongly condemns the statement of the Union Minister for Food and Agriculture, Mr. Sharad Pawar, that had the decision of the UPA Government to cut the quotas and increase PDS foodgrain issue prices been implemented, the import of wheat that has now been made necessary in order to check rising domestic prices could have been avoided. This is the worst...

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ALL INDIA DEMOCRATIC WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION : CEC Meeting

      Report on Current Developments The trend of extremist violence and attacks on people that we had noted in our last CEC meeting at New Delhi in mid-November has increased in the intervening period. Many Left activists, especially from the CPI(M)have been the victims of the most barbaric and gruesome attacks. In Purulia district of West Bengal, armed Maoist party goons stormed into the residence of Comrade Rabindranath and Anandamayi Kar in Bandowan area. They prevented others from coming to their aid, and openly poured kerosene a...

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DECISIONS OF CENTRAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE NOVEMBER 2005

  27 November, 2005   THE central executive committee of the All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) decided to closely monitor the implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (REGA) through out the country. It felt this was necessary in the context of continuing marginalisation of women and underestimation of her work. This was decided in the meeting of the central executive meeting of AIDWA held at New Delhi on November 15-16, 2005. A total of 65 members from 22 states attended the meeting, which discussed the...

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AIDWA At WSF-2004

  8 February, 2004 Kiran Moghe AMONGST the hundreds and thousands of people who thronged the NESCO grounds at Mumbai from January 16 to 21 for the World Social Forum, delegates belonging to the All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) stood out in their cream coloured caps, with "AIDWA" embroidered in blue on their front. Learning from the experience at the ASF a year ago, the AIDWA centre began its preparations for its intervention at the WSF almost six months ago, with its president Subhashini Ali representing the organisation in the Indi...

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Anti-Dowry Convention At Gorakhpur

  2 November, 2003 Subhashini Ali AS part of the ongoing national campaign of the All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) against dowry and its expanding dimensions, the Gorakhpur district unit of the AIDWA organised an anti-dowry convention in the city on October 11. Gorakhpur is currently the hub of the Hindutva brigade's activities, led by the Hindu Mahasabha MP, Mahant Adityanath. For over a year, the Mahant and his Hindu Yuva Vahini hoodlums have been terrorising and attacking poor Muslims in the city and in the villages of the distri...

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