WOMEN

Identifying the Foundations of Womens’ Oppression, Charting the Course of Struggles for Liberation

8 March – International Women’s Day – was born in the struggles that women factory workers in their thousands waged against bondage a century ago. Communists began the tradition of observing IWD in memory of those struggles. Ironically, the powers-that-be and the

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IWD 2017 Demonstrations

Pricol workers in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu observed IWD 2017 as an occasion to reaffirm ten years of their struggle. On this occasion, AIPWA Secretary Kavita Krishnan felicitated six of the recently-acquitted Pricol workers, who declared their intention to hand over their

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International Women’s Day Observed on 8 March

Puducherry: On March 8, Puducherry units of AIPWA, AICCTU, RYA, AISA jointly took out a massive street corner campaign in urban and rural areas of Puducherry. The campaigners demanded the following from the Narayanasamy Congress government: (i) Strict implementation of Supreme

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Aipwa Agitation In Puducherry

Puducherry Unit of AIPWA held an agitation on 14 February demanding closure of liquor shops on National and state highways as per directives. A large number of women assembled in front of the State Excise department office. They raised slogans against

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Ranchi District Conference of AIPWA

The 5th AIPWA Ranchi district conference was held on 12 February 2017 at the Com. Srilata Swaminathan auditorium in Com. Mahendra Singh Bhawan, Ranchi with a resolution of struggle against patriarchal society and Sanghi ideology and a call to strengthen the movement

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Comrade Srilata Swaminathan (29.04.1944 – 05.02.2017)

An Inspiring Revolutionary Journey Veteran CPIML leader Comrade Srilata Swaminathan passed away in Udaipur (Rajasthan) in the early morning of 5 February. She was 74. Comrade Srilata had suffered a brain stroke on 28th January night and was rushed to a hospital

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AIPWA Team Visits Bhangar

On 24th January, an AIPWA Fact Finding team went to Bhangar to talk with the women residing in the villages. The village roads were deserted, as many people chose to stay at home. The brick and tree log barricade were

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Murder of Dika in Bihar: Killing Dalit Dreams of Education and Dignity

(Slightly expanded version of a piece in Wire.in) Kusmi Devi is an agricultural labourer from Bihar’s most oppressed Mahadalit Musahar community. She sent her daughter Dika to school, determined that Dika must not slave in the fields as

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Patan Reveals Pandora’s Box of Rape in Modi’s Gujarat

The gang rape of Bilkis Bano and so many others in Gujarat 2002 was part of a cold-blooded campaign of genocide, justified as a ‘reaction’ to Godhra. One wonders how Modi would explain the systematic and, it would seem, habitual rape

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Gross Gender Injustice from Judges?

Judges and Chief Justices, and Human Rights Commissions in our country are, so it is said, supposed to guarantee justice to the aggrieved and to the socially oppressed. Justice for the legions of oppressed women facing violence and harassment lies

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AIPWA Celebrates International Women’s Day

This year in India, 8 March was as usual the platform for Governments to announce all sorts of formal announcements of largesse for women. AIPWA asserted the revolutionary legacy of 8 March, with its history of militant working women’s movements for

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Protests against the Murder of the B.Tech. Student for Resisting Rape

On 16 December 2016, a 19 year old 5th semester B. Tech. student who was alone at home was attacked and brutally murdered when she resisted rape by a group of intruders. According to her elder sister, she fought till the last and

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