Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS), an all-India platform of women’s organizations, constituted a fact-finding team to inquire into the situation of women in the areas of democratic struggles agasint large-scale mining and industrialization projects in Orissa. This team visited three different areas between 7-11 November 2011, namely Jagatisnghpur- Kalinganagar, Kashipur-Niyamgiri and Gajapati. Through this brief note we would like to share our observations, preliminary findings and concerns that emerge from this visit. In these areas, the team talked to the women, to activists, journalists and the local authorities, where needed.
It emerges that in all three areas women and children there are being very seriously affected in several direct and indirect ways.