All India Women’s Protest Rally

All India Women’s Protest Rally

Spirits were high, despite the heavy rainfall. Umbrellas or no umbrellas, thousands of women marched towards the Parliament on September 4, chanting slogans and singing songs of resistance. The march was led by the All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) and women from 20 different states participated in the march in New Delhi, protesting against the…

Women Organisations Welcome the SC Judgment on Section 377

Women Organisations Welcome the SC Judgment on Section 377

AIDWA welcomes the historic and path breaking Supreme Court judgment in the Navtej Singh Johar case which decriminalises consensual sex between adults in the LGBTQ community and amongst others. This judgment in effect legally recognizes homosexuality and whittles down a 158-year-old colonial law which led to immense suffering and discrimination against the LGBTQ community. Section 377 of…

Memories of Amma

Memories of Amma

  This is an excerpt from an essay that Kalpana Karunakaran wrote on her mother, Mythily Sivaraman. The essay was written for a book of recollections by several people who knew Mythily.  Growing up as Mythily's daughter meant discovering, early on, that my mother was different from anyone else I knew; it meant being part of a…

AIDWA Supports the Ongoing Struggle of TISS Students

AIDWA Supports the Ongoing Struggle of TISS Students

The All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) expresses solidarity with the agitating students in TISS campuses in the country. It is highly condemnable that the TISS administration has suddenly and arbitrarily announced the imposition of compulsory fee for the current students including the Government of India Post Matric Scholarship students (GOI-PMS). It has disregarded the…

Millions of Missing Girls – Doctors Must Stop Pre-Natel Sex Determination

Millions of Missing Girls – Doctors Must Stop Pre-Natel Sex Determination

AIDWA Press Release Delhi, 5 June 2017 Six leading scholars and activists came together to address the media against the Indian Medical Association (IMA)’s advocacy to weaken the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PC-PNDT) Act in the context of Delhi Chalo organised tomorrow. These experts include: Dr Neelam Singh, leading Gynecologist, Lucknow and Vatsalya, Ms….

Hastakshep: Jantantrik Aur Sanskritik Bahulata Ke Paksh Mein

Hastakshep: Jantantrik Aur Sanskritik Bahulata Ke Paksh Mein

Indian Writers' Forum along with several organisations (Janwadi Lekhak Sangh, Pragitisheel Lekhak Sangh, IPTA, Jan Sanskritik Manch, Kalam Sanskritik Manch, Saajhi Duniya, Amit UP, Rajya Karamchari Mahasangh, Alag Duniya, U.P. Bank Employees Union, AITUC, PUCL, Mahila Federation, Neepa Rang Mandali, AIDWA) participated in 'Hastakshep: Jantantrik Aur Sanskritik Bahulata Ke Paksh Mein' on Wednesday December 28 at…

“No Hindu Rashtra”: Nayantara Sahgal

“No Hindu Rashtra”: Nayantara Sahgal

The following statement from Nayantara Sahgal was read out at the programme "Hastakshep: Jantantrik Aur Sanskritik Bahulata Ke Paksh Mein" in Gandhi Bhavan, Lucknow, December 28, 2016: The dangers we face today come from the fact that this Government is destroying the meaning of India, and step by step, stealthily and openly, is converting our secular…

Press Statement against ‘Beat Wives Lightly’

Press Statement against ‘Beat Wives Lightly’

All India Democratic Women’s Association AIDWA stands in solidarity with Pakistan’s women who reacted strongly to the statement made by Pakistan clergy to “Beat wives lightly” as a violation of the fundamental rights of women. We also condemn similar derogatory remarks by people holding public offices in India. We protested when the Women and Child…