[Via Asha Kowtal]
All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch (AIDMAM) would like to invite you for a Public Meeting on March 12, 10 – 3 pm at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi. The Dalit Women Swabhiman Yatra will culminate here in Delhi after a month long journey for self-respect and justice.
The Dalit Mahila Swabhiman Yatra, has travelled hundreds of kilometers across the country carrying the burning flames of resistance and struggle. It is yet another significant step in the independent assertions of Dalit women in India. It is a step forward for dignity. A step forward in the journey of Dalit Women for self- respect and dignity.
Dalit women have been systematically violated, raped, tortured and murdered. All the sites of violence signify a great history of struggle for self determination. It is that same history that has also given birth to hundreds of Dalit women activists challenging caste and patriarchy. We independent Dalit women are the force behind the assertions and the struggles. We are the spark. We herald the true revolution.
The impact of this Yatra has been far reaching. Scores of volunteers, new Dalit women leaders in every district, involvement of students and committed young men and women from the community, who are surging ahead with great energy and conviction.
In every step of this freedom march by Dalit women, we seek accountability of institutions and mechanisms mandated to protect us Dalit women – to end impunity and crack injustice.
On March 12, 2014, hundreds of Dalit women from many states will arrive in Delhi for a large public meeting to share experiences and express collective declaration for our rights and dignity.
The public meeting aims not only to condemn the failure of the political parties and governments but also to build a sustained collective force to safeguard our bodies, our money and our politics.
Please do join in large numbers and pledge your support.