A Left Women’s Movement

Saying "land to the tiller" is gender-insensitive. "Land to those who work on it" is not.

Review of AIDWA Booklets

At a time when academics, non-governmental agencies and international donors are preaching the virtues of small-scale mobilising efforts, local reforms and individualised initiatives, the sheer scope of the All India Democratic Women's Association's working and vision appear as daring as they are urgent. With well over five million members, AIDWA is the largest women's organisation in India, and its campaigns include struggles against dowry deaths, child sexual abuse, media objectification of women, and domestic violence. It has also sustained a campaign for enhancing women's participation in politics, for securing their economic independence and for joint-ownership by wife and husband of redistributed surplus agricultural land.

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Himal Southasian