Dalit Women Speak Out- A Conference

 

Asha Kowtal

The swift changes in the political landscape and the challenges faced by women human rights defenders often pushes us Dalit women into a vortex of greater insecurity, fear and anxiety. The severe pushback by both state and non-state actors has increased the complexity within Dalit women's movement building and caste-gender research domains.

for web

Interrogating caste/gender privileges and attempting to construct independent spaces is predominantly a lonely and difficult battle for Dalit women. Often times, the complexity of the issues at hand become so overwhelming that, we wished we could seek counsel, unpack the layers of intersections, develop greater clarity and respond with strength. A gathering of Dalit women seems to be the need of the hour!

The #dalitwomenspeakout event in Pune, is a two-day conference aimed at bringing in approximately 250 Dalit women activists, professionals, practitioners, students and leaders together. The conference will make an attempt to weave the diversity of our voices towards constructing new approaches to transformative politics.

This two-day conference will open out spaces for critical discussions amongst Dalit women, facilitated by Dalit women. It will provide a unique opportunity to remain unguarded, reflect on our strengths and weaknesses and collectively build resilient trajectory for the future.

The programme is designed in a way to provide each delegate with a chance to participate, learn new skills and appreciate the true sense of sisterhood within the community collective.

A series of moderated workshops will be held on important topics pertaining to Dalit women. In addition, digital hubs will provide much-needed tech support for women who are navigating internet space for activism. Filmmaking, photography workshops with exhibition space will be created. Relevant film screenings along with discussions with filmmakers will be held. A community self-care hub will provide needed inputs on caring for oneself.

Cultural events, ancestral food stalls, market space for women entrepreneurs etc will add to the joy and celebration of knowing that we are all together in this struggle for social justice!

Jai Bhim!

E-mail us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information;

Watch the website for more details- http://dalitwomenspeakout.com/

~~~

 

Asha Kowtal is General Secretary of All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch (AIDMAM).

Other Related Articles

Delete the Dalit?
Wednesday, 21 February 2018
   Karuppan1 I On December 6, 2016, I stood at the heart of Shivaji Park in Dadar. Walking in the narrow passages between a couple of hundred stalls selling literature and memorabilia, the... Read More...
Index of Articles in Features
Tuesday, 20 February 2018
  2017 ~ Crossing Caste Boundaries: Bahujan Representation in the Indian Women's Cricket Team by Sukanya Shantha ~ Dalit University: do we need it? by Vikas Bagde ~ The beautiful feeling of... Read More...
Constitutional Linguistic Justice against Hindi/Sanskrit Supremacy
Monday, 19 February 2018
  Vivek Babu Union of India's Lingua-Franca Debate: An Introduction to Linguistic Justice Regime    In recent decades, the European Union that emulated “Unity in Diversity” motto... Read More...
2017-Year of the Snuff Movie
Monday, 19 February 2018
  Umar Nizar Snuff films: murder on camera for commercial gain. The world's first conference devoted to the mythology of snuff took place at the University of Bournemouth on a weekend in... Read More...
Tell me …What is fraud here?
Saturday, 17 February 2018
  P Victor Vijay Kumar Banking and investment starts at the point when there is an acceptable line demarcating trust and mistrust. This business of earning money from somebody's hard work and... Read More...

Recent Popular Articles

Index of Articles in Features
Tuesday, 20 February 2018
  2017 ~ Crossing Caste Boundaries: Bahujan Representation in the Indian Women's Cricket Team by Sukanya Shantha ~ Dalit University: do we need it? by Vikas Bagde ~ The beautiful feeling of... Read More...
No Mr. Tharoor, I Don’t Want to Enter Your Kitchen
Saturday, 16 September 2017
Tejaswini Tabhane Shashi Tharoor is an author, politician and former international civil servant who is also a Member of Parliament representing the constituency of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. This... Read More...
An urban adivasi’s perspective on Newton
Thursday, 12 October 2017
  Nolina Minj India's official entry to the Oscars, Newton has done well for itself in the box-office. Critics have described it as 'brilliant, subversive and one of the finest political satires... Read More...
An Open Letter to AUD: "The many ways a student can be violated by an institution"
Wednesday, 20 September 2017
  Aroh Akunth  I am no more a student of Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD). My right to education has been obstructed. This letter lists out the reasons which have kept me from pursuing my... Read More...
Differentiating the Hindi subject: Bhojpuri experience
Sunday, 24 September 2017
  Asha Singh Questions of linguistic autonomy and annihilation of caste-gender oppressions are crucial for the struggles of an emerging Bahujan public sphere in Bhojpuri speaking regions. Ali... Read More...