AIDWA

CAMPAIGN AGAINST RISING PRICES

The last few months have seen an unprecedented rise in the prices of essential commodities. Wheat is selling at Rs.15 - 20 per kg, rice at Rs. 15 - 25  per kg., edible oil at Rs. 60 per kg, dals at Rs 50- 65 per kg., sugar at Rs. 24 per kg., milk at Rs. 22 litre. Vegetables on an average cost not less than Rs. 25 per kg. The result is that the budgets of ordinary people are being thrown into disarray. Since women manage family budgets, they are forced to find ways and means to adjust to this price rise.  Women usually eat last and least and one of the ways they cope with this crushin...

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ON JOINT NATIONAL CONVENTION ON MICRO-FINANCE BILL

15 May 2007 A National Convention on Micro Finance Sector (Development and Regulation) Bill 2007 was held in Vithal Bhai Patel House lawns on 15 May 2007. More than two thousand women delegates representing self help group federations from 13 states attended the convention and expressed their reservations regarding the Bill and called upon the Members of Parliament to enact a Bill that takes the real concerns of women’s groups into account. Inaugurating the convention, Rajya Sabha MP and Vice President of AIDWA, Ms Brinda Karat focused on the problems of women’s groups an...

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ON JOINT CRITIQUE OF ELEVENTH FIVE YEAR PLAN APPROACH PAPER

13 July 2006 A critique of the Draft Approach Paper to the Eleventh Five Year Plan released recently by the Planning Commission was placed by the representatives of six women’s organizations including All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA), All India Women’s Conference (AIWC), Joint Women’s Programme (JWP), FORCES, Muslim Women’s Forum and YWCA before Ms. Sayeeda Hamid, Planning Commission Member, and Ms. Manjulika, Adviser, Women and Child Development. At the outset women’s organizations expressed their unhappiness about the way the Appr...

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ON INCREASING PRICES

 4 June 2008 The UPA government has today announced a steep increase in prices of petroleum products.  The price of petrol has been increased by Rs. 5 and diesel by Rs. 3 per litre; while that of an LPG cylinder by Rs. 50.   This latest announcement comes close on the heels of galloping inflation over the last few months. The increase in the price of diesel affects prices of all other commodities, including specifically, transportation costs and fares across the board. The steep rise of Rs. 50 in the price of the LPG cylinder will add to the strain on family budgets which a...

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NOTE ON MICRO FINANCE DEVELOPMENT AND REGULATION BILL, 2007

NOTE ON MICRO FINANCE DEVELOPMENT AND REGULATION BILL, 2007 9 March 2007 The Government of India is about to introduce the Micro Finance Development and Regulation Bill, 2007 in parliament. The Bill aims to “provide for promotion, development and orderly growth of the micro financial sector in rural and urban areas to facilitate universal access to integrated financial services by the population not having banking facility and thereby securing prosperity of such areas and regulation of the micro finance organisations not being regulated by any law for the time being in force an...

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A NOTE ON IMPLICATIONS OF ONGOING FINANCIAL AND ECONOMIC CRISIS FOR WOMEN IN INDIA

Employment The current crisis has already had direct effects on employment, especially in the small-scale exporting units. Already, more than 1 million jobs have been lost in such activities in 2008, and nearly half of these are estimated to be women workers. As export orders continue to drop and as government response remains slow and inadequate, these numbers are likely to increase. Other sectors that employ many women, such as the construction industry, are also very badly hit and employment has fallen sharply. While collar jobs are also...

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AIDWA Condemns Distorted Interpretation of Census Data by RSS

4 December, 2005       The All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) president Subhashini Ali and general secretary Sudha Sundararaman have issued the following statement on November 18, 2005.   IT has been highlighted in media today (November 18, 2005) that the RSS leader Sudarshan, at a book release ceremony in Delhi, referred to the 2001 Census data as showing a decline in...

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MEMORANDUM TO PARLIAMENTARY STANDING COMMITTEE ON MICRO FINANCE SECTOR (DEVELOPMENT AND REGULATION) BILL, 2007

31 July 2007 To:                                                                                     The Chairperson Standing Committee on Finance, Government of India ...

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JOINT CRITIQUE OF APPROACH PAPER TO THE ELEVENTH FIVE YEAR PLAN

A preliminary critique of the Draft Approach Paper to the Eleventh Five Year Plan released recently by the Planning Commission was submitted by the representatives of six women’s organizations on the 11th of July. They included Ms. Sudha Sundararaman - All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA), Ms. Manorama Bawa - All India Women’s Conference (AIWC), Ms. Jyotsna Chatterjee - Joint Women’s Programme (JWP), Ms. Bulu Sareen - FORCES, Ms. Sughra Mehdi - Muslim Women’s Forum and Ms. Sunita Das – YWCA. The critique made by the women’s organiz...

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Notes for communalism

Notes for campaign against communalism among AIDWA members The developments in Gujarat and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad led campaign for the Ayodhya Temple have been a matter of great concern to people all over the country. Some organizations affiliated to the RSS parivar including the BJP, have started a vicious campaign to justify what is happening in Gujarat. Such a campaign may cause confusion among our own ranks. It is therefore essential to explain the main points of the situation to our membership. We are proud that we hav...

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MEMORANDUM ON MODEL NIKAHNAMA

30 January, 2005.       WE write this memorandum to you on behalf of the All India Democratic Women's Association representing 7.5 million women of all communities and regions. In particular AIDWA has a substantial membership among Muslim women and is deeply involved in many of the issues or specific concern to Muslim women in the economic, social and political spheres. We believe that there is discrimination ag...

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AIDWA Releases Publication on Expanding Dimensions Of Dowry

17 August, 2003       AT a function in the national capital, New Delhi, on August 1, Justice Sujatha Manohar, a member of the National Human Rights Commission, released a publication brought out by the All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) titled Expanding Dimensions of Dowry. The publication brings together surveys on the practice of dowry from 18 states conducted by local AIDWA activists. About 10, 000...

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AIDWA Delegation second visit to Gujarat

Post state-sponsored communal carnage! 26 May, 2002 Kalindi Deshpande IMMEDIATELY after the state-sponsored communal carnage began in Gujarat in March, a delegation of the All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) visited the state and issued a detailed report. Much time has passed since then but the situation is still not under control. Violence has spread to far-away interior villages. Though many independent teams...

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AIDWA STRONGLY CONDEMNS ATTACKS ON POOR CHRISTIAN TRIBALS IN ORISSA

26 August 2008 The All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) strongly condemns the attacks on poor Christian tribals in Orissa villages in Kandhamal District. A young nun was burnt to death and many others, including women and children, have suffered grievous injuries. There is a report of one more death. It is truly shocking that the Sangh Parivar members involved in these attacks set fire to an orphanage along with churches, shops and huts.  While the killing of VHP leader Lakshmananda Saraswati along with his colleagues was a heinous act, the attacks by his support...

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MEMORANDUM TO ORISSA CHIEF MINISTER REGARDING VIOLENCE IN KANDHAMAL

3 November 2008 To: Shri Naveen Patnaik Chief Minister, Orissa Bhubaneshwar   Dear Shri Patnaik, The undersigned visited Kandhamal district of Orissa on 1st and 2nd November on behalf of our organization so that we could see for ourselves the situation of families of the minority community who had been attacked, rendered homeless and suffered in many ways from the third week of August onwards. We visited some of the camps where those who had to leave their villages are staying and we also went to a village where some of those attacked have been able to return. We had detai...

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Women Stage Dharnas In Gujarat Against Communal Violence

9 June, 2002       DURING the recent communal violence in Gujarat, there was one aspect that received comparatively less attention --- that a large number of women were sexually assaulted or raped, and innocent children were brutally killed. Several women organisations of Gujarat have condemned these attacks and submitted their memoranda to the state’s governor through the collectors of different districts...

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ON VISIT OF AIDWA DELEGATION TO KANDHAMAL, ORISSA

3 November 2008 A delegation of the All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA), comprising of the undersigned visited Kandhamal district on 1st and 2nd November. We were able to visit some of the camps where those who were driven out of their homes have been staying for more than two months now and also a village where some of those attacked have returned. We also had discussion ns with the Collector and Sub-Collector of the District. The entire district presents an extremely painful picture with house after belonging to members of the Christian community have been burnt...

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ON VIOLENCE AGAINST MINORITIES IN BARODA

5 May 2006 The All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) expresses its deep concern at the recent incidents of anti-minority violence in Baroda. it strongly condemns the way in which an anti-encroachment drive was transformed by the administration and the police into a vicious attack on minority sentiments and then on their lives and livelihood. A 300-year old dargah cannot be characterized as an 'encroachment' on the same level as various other structures, religious and otherwise, that have come up in the recent years. The fact that the demolition squad was accompanied by a large mob...

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AIDWA DEMANDS IMMEDIATE ARREST OF ACCUSED IN GANG RAPE OF NUN IN ORISSA

30 September 2008   The AIDWA strongly condemns the failure of the Orissa police to arrest the Sangh Parivar cadres accused of brutally gang raping a young nun on August 25 at K. Nuagaon, in Kandhamal district of Orissa. Shockingly, the assault was carried out in full public view, right in front of a police outpost with 12 policemen from the Orissa State Armed Police present and watching the atrocity. The attackers also grievously injured a priest and doused him with kerosene when he courageously tried to resist them. It is outrageous that despite the fact that both victims filed FIRs o...

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