AIDWA

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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Haryana Experience of Female Foeticide

Female Foeticide - Haryana's Experience     17 July, 2005 Manjeet Rathee     FEMALE infanticide has long existed in our society, especially in northern and western states like Punjab, Rajashtan, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. But the point of concern is that...

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Fighting For A Basic Human Right

Fighting For A Basic Human Right: A Life Free From Hunger     29 December, 2002 Brinda Karat     THOUSANDS of women all over India observed December 10, the World Human Rights Day, to assert the basic human right for a life free from hunger. At the call of All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA), women demonstrated at central government...

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Eradicate Scourge Of Female Foeticide

Eradicate Scourge Of Female Foeticide     30 September, 2001 Manjeet Rathee     THE Census 2001 highlighted the drastic decline in the male-female child sex ratio (number of females per 1,000 males in the population) in several states in north and west India, and the continued decline in major southern states. This is particularly so in 0-6 ag...

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AIDWA Welcomes Pro-Women Legislation

AIDWA Welcomes Introduction of Pro-Women Legislation by UPA Govt     4 September, 2005 Sudha Sundararaman     THE current session of parliament has witnessed the introduction of many bills of specific relevance to women. While welcoming the fact that the UPA government has paid at least partial heed to the pro-poor promises made in the National Common...

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Achieving Gender Equality

Achieving Gender Equality-An Unfinished Agenda     29 January 2006 Sudha Sundararaman     THE last session of Parliament was witness, yet again, to the reluctance of the mainstream political parties, barring the Left, to place and pass the Women's Reservation Bill. The BJP's contribution to the scuttling of the Bill was a shameful turnaround...

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BOOKLET ON POLITICAL VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IN WEST BENGAL

Introduction The last couple years have witnessed an unprecedented aggravation of political violence in West Bengal. It has increased in intensity in the months before and after the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, and has especially affected life, livelihood and property of women living in the JangalMahal areas. With the Assembly elections approaching in 2011, this politics of violence shows no signs in abating. A large section of corporate media is presenting this violence either as the sign of widespread mass discontent against the ruling Left Front—an ‘uprising from below&rsq...

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DECLINING SEX RATIO AND SEX SELECTIVE ABORTIONS

Kalindi Deshpande (Paper presented at the National Health Assembly – 2) Discrimination against women, particularly against girl child is an old tradition in India. The forms of discrimination range from neglect of a girl child in terms of education, nutrition, health facilities, denial of right to dignified life up to barbaric physical violence to the extent of killing a new born baby girl within ten days of her birth. Realising the gravity of the situation, colonial rulers had passed a law as far back in 1870 in Punjab province to prevent this cruel act. But due to practical p...

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LETTER TO THE HINDU REGARDING ARTICLE ADVOCATING TWO CHILD NORM

To, The Editor- in- chief, The Hindu   Sir, Justice Krishna Iyer’s advocacy (The Hindu, Aug 13th 2008) of punishment for violation of the 2- child norm, and “penal infliction on culpable parents’ is unexpected and unfortunate. There is substantial data and evidence which links family size to development parameters. The 1980s slogan that “development is the best contraceptive” is as relevant today, given the high levels of infant mortality rates at 57 per 1000 live births, as then. Amongst SC/STs, it is disproportionately high at 66.4 and 62...

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Commercial Surrogacy and Assisted Reproductive Technologies: Some Issues

COMMERCIAL SURROGACY AND ASSISTED REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGIES: SOME ISSUES There is draft bill the ART (Regulation) 2008 circulated by the ICMR as per directives of the Health Ministry in circulation, presumably also on the net. The committee responsible for drafting it is almost totally representative of business interests, which also included the ‘professional’ experts, medical community representatives. No discussion has been held with women’s organizations. Only at the behest of SAMA, NCW (Malini Bhattacharya) and some of us were some involved in the discussions initiated....

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Letter to the Hindu Regarding Article Advocating Two Child Norm

LETTER TO THE HINDU REGARDING ARTICLE ADVOCATING TWO CHILD NORM To, The Editor- in- chief, The Hindu Sir, Justice Krishna Iyer’s advocacy (The Hindu, Aug 13th 2008) of punishment for violation of the 2- child norm, and “penal infliction on culpable parents’ is unexpected and unfortunate. There is substantial data and evidence which links family size to development parameters. The 1980s slogan that “development is the best contraceptive” is as relevant today, given the high levels of infant mortality rates at 57 per 1000 live births, as then. Amongst SC/STs,...

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Declining Sex Ratio and Sex selective Abortions, Kalindi Deshpande

DECLINING SEX RATIO AND SEX SELECTIVE ABORTIONS Kalindi Deshpande (Paper presented at the National Health Assembly – 2) Discrimination against women, particularly against girl child is an old tradition in India. The forms of discrimination range from neglect of a girl child in terms of education, nutrition, health facilities, denial of right to dignified life up to barbaric physical violence to the extent of killing a new born baby girl within ten days of her birth. Realising the gravity of the situation, colonial rulers had passed a law as far back in 1870 in Punjab province to prev...

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Subhashini Ali's Speech On Onternational Women's day, University of Mumbai, 2007

SPEECH BY SUBHASHINI ALI, PRESIDENT AIDWA INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY, UNIVERSITY OF MUMBAI   8 March 2007   I would like to talk about some of the trends that I see in the course of our work and the changes between 1975 and now. I think the basic change is, if we look at the Status of Women Committee Report, it is addressed directly to the State. It is the state’s responsibility that is central to change in the status of women as far as the Report is concerned and I personally believe that is the correct approach that it is the State’s and of course it is the re...

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The Magic Of Invisible Worker

The Magic Of The Invisible Worker Women in the National Food for Work Programme     24 July, 2005 Brinda Karat     IN a remote village in Rajgarh block of Mirzapur district, before dawn breaks groups of workers make their way to a food for work site where they are digging a large water conservation tank in the National Food for Work Programme (FFWP). There are an equal number of women in the group of about seventy workers. In the context of the popular demand for at least one t...

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Resistance To Neoliberalism Subhashini

"Some examples of Women's Organised Resistance to Neoliberalism in India"       Subhashini Ali     Subhashini Ali (IDEAS, India), President, All India Democratic Womens Association (AIDWA).   The women's organization to which I belong, the All India Democratic Womens Association, is the largest women's organi...

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CONCERN REGARDING EXPOITATION OF WOMEN BY MAOIST CADRES

25thAugust 2010 AIDWA expresses concern at the reports that have appeared in the print media regarding the sexual exploitation and brutality suffered by a Maoist woman cadre at the hands of Maoist leaders. According to the report, the victim has expressed her desire to flee from the situation forced upon her, and has mentioned that there were others like her being subjected to sexual violence, who would be willing to surrender if the opportunity is provided. She has also alleged that tribal women in areas under Maoist control were being sexually exploited. Her allegations must be inv...

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