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Loss of feminist space : Davinder Kaur (1953-2016)

Davinder- Kaur

By Kalpana Mehta Davinder Kaur, a Saheli since 1982, passed away on 30 May 2016. Davi came in touch with us when she left her marital home and two children to lead her life on her own terms. In her practice she embodied many cherished feminist concepts – concept of sisterhood, non-competition, unconditional love, generosity

New textile package is anti-labour, union activists

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The Government of India has announced a “Gift Package” for Garment Industry that is going to have a very negative impact in the industry dominated by women workers. Below is a statement from the Garment and Allied Workers Union in Haryana, India. The Indian government on Wednesday, 20th of June announced a Rs. 6000 crore

Free Homa Hoodfar: Indian feminists in solidarity with jailed Canadian scholar

Homa-Hoodfar

Indian feminists issue statement of solidarity with the imprisoned Canadian-Iranian professor. Hoodfar was arrested by Iranian intelligence officers last week We, the undersigned, are in solidarity with Dr. Homa Hoodfar, a Canadian anthropologist of Iranian origin who has been imprisoned by the Iranian authorities on June 6, 2016. Dr. Hoodfar is a respected academic scholar

Trupti Shah (1962 – 2016) : A tribute

Trupti Shah

By Sahiyar Team The women’s movement, the environmental cause, the struggle for justice has lost a voice that never flinched from standing up for victims of exploitation, injustice and violence. Trupti Shah (54) left us on May 26, 2016 in Vadodara after a valiant battle against lung cancer. Trupti, an economist by training, centered her

Loss of feminist space : Davinder Kaur (1953-2016)

Davinder- Kaur

By Kalpana Mehta

Davinder Kaur, a Saheli since 1982, passed away on 30 May 2016.

Davi came in touch with us when she left her marital home and two children to lead her life on her own terms.

In her practice she embodied many cherished feminist concepts – concept of sisterhood, non-competition, unconditional love, generosity and great sensitivity towards the underprivileged.

She [...] Continue Reading…

New textile package is anti-labour, union activists

garment -workers-India

The Government of India has announced a “Gift Package” for Garment Industry that is going to have a very negative impact in the industry dominated by women workers.

Below is a statement from the Garment and Allied Workers Union in Haryana, India.

The Indian government on Wednesday, 20th of June announced a Rs. 6000 crore package for the garment and [...] Continue Reading…

Free Homa Hoodfar: Indian feminists in solidarity with jailed Canadian scholar

Homa-Hoodfar

Indian feminists issue statement of solidarity with the imprisoned Canadian-Iranian professor. Hoodfar was arrested by Iranian intelligence officers last week

We, the undersigned, are in solidarity with Dr. Homa Hoodfar, a Canadian anthropologist of Iranian origin who has been imprisoned by the Iranian authorities on June 6, 2016. Dr. Hoodfar is a respected academic scholar and researcher on women [...] Continue Reading…

Trupti Shah (1962 – 2016) : A tribute

Trupti Shah

By Sahiyar Team

The women’s movement, the environmental cause, the struggle for justice has lost a voice that never flinched from standing up for victims of exploitation, injustice and violence. Trupti Shah (54) left us on May 26, 2016 in Vadodara after a valiant battle against lung cancer.

Trupti, an economist by training, centered her lifelong activism primarily on women’s issues, [...] Continue Reading…

Jisha rape and murder: Women’s network demands action against police officials who refused to file FIR

Jisha-rape-case

statement issued by Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS), a nationwide network of women from diverse political and social movements

We, condemn the gruesome incident of heinous rape and murder of a 30-year old law student from Kuruppamapdy, villageVattolippidi Canal Bund near Perumbavoor in Kerala’s Ernakulam district. On the evening of April 28th 2016, her mother, a daily-wage [...] Continue Reading…

Statement on the rape and murder of Dalit woman in Kerala

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Jisha’s rape and murder reaffirms how the bodies of Dalit women become sites for the most brutal forms of exercise of caste oppression accentuated by patriarchal power, where the control of and violence on women’s bodies become powerful mechanisms for upholding a Brahminical patriarchal order

By Pinjratod

On 28th April’16, Rajeshwari a daily wage labourer and a single parent, returned home [...] Continue Reading…

Pachauri’s suit against Vrinda Grover will have chilling effects on sexual harassment complaints, women´s rights activists

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We the undersigned activists and organizations of the Indian women’s movement express our outrage at the fact that R.K. Pachauri has filed a civil suit for injunction and demanded damages of Rs. 1 crore against Advocate Vrinda Grover. The attempt is to hold Ms. Grover liable in a civil suit for her efforts towards bringing official cognizance of two [...] Continue Reading…

Hyderabad University strike: Women´s groups extend support to students as police and administration continue to use brutal force on protesters

Hyderabad-university-strike

The strategy of the BJP government – to crush all dissent and establish a totalitarian saffron regime in institutions of higher education – is now visible in campuses across the country, from Hyderabad to JNU, Pune and Chennai

By WSS
WSS strongly condemns the brutal police action against the students of the University of Hyderabad. The students, who were exercising [...] Continue Reading…

Feminists in solidarity with JNU professor Nivedita Menon

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The attacks being carried out on Nivedita Menon by certain political groups through student bodies like the ABVP, who are filing baseless complaints with the police, and the media like Zee News, who are maligning her with footage shown out of context, is an attack on reasoned debate and informed conversation, both of which are inimical to democracy

The women’s [...] Continue Reading…