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Adieu Helam!

Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) deeply mourns the passing away of Helam Haokip from Manipur on 17 September, 2020. She succumbed to a brief illness and hospitalization on September 17 leaving everybody in deep shock and pain. We express our deepest condolences to her mother, two sisters and brother in Manipur for who she was a pillar of support.  And we grieve along with her many friends across different places who are yet to come to terms with the news of her untimely death. Continue reading

इलीना सेन: संघर्षों के बीज, संघर्षों के बीच

इलीना सेन: संघर्षों के बीज, संघर्षों के बीच

 विमन अगेन्स्ट सेक्शूअल वायलेंस एंड स्टेट रिपरेशन’ (डब्लूएसएस) कोलकत्ता में 9 अगस्त को इलीना सेन के निधन पर अपना गहरा क्षोभ व्यक्त करती है.  69-वर्षीय इलीना एक नारीवादी कार्यकर्ता होने के साथ-साथ एक शिक्षक, शोधार्थी और लेखिका भी थीं, जो देश भर के महिला आंदोलन के साथ दिलो-जान से जुड़ी थीं. चाहे वह बतौर सामाजिक-राजनीतिक कार्यकर्ता के रूप में हो या शिक्षाकर्मी होने के नाते. इलीना के मध्यप्रदेश तथा छत्तीसगढ़ के आंदोलनों एवं अन्य राज्यों के जनआंदोलनों से गहरे जुड़ाव और अपने सक्रिय समर्थन के कारण राज्य, पितृसत्ता और पूंजी के ख़तरों के खिलाफ संघर्षरत महिलाओं और अन्य कमज़ोर तबक़ों को निर्णायक प्रोत्साहन मिला. Continue reading

Ilina As We Knew Her: A Tribute from WSS

Ilina As We Knew Her: A Tribute from WSS

August 11, 2020

Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) deeply mourns the passing away of Ilina Sen on August 9 in Kolkata. Ilina, 69, was a feminist activist, teacher, researcher and writer passionately involved with the women’s movement in India. Be it through activist work or classroom pedagogy, conferences or rallies, Ilina’s  deep engagement with women’s struggles in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh and her active solidarity with women in mass movements in other states provided a crucial impetus to unraveling and resisting the combined forces of state, patriarchy and capital  in the lives of women and other marginalized communities.  Her favorite song Bread and Roses resonated this larger vision of women in struggle.

As we go marching, marching
In the beauty of the day
A million darkened kitchens
A thousand mill lofts grey
Are touched with all the radiance
That a sudden sun discloses
For the people hear us singing
Bread and roses, bread and roses
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Zulm Zakhm Azaadi: Women’s Voices Of Resistance In Kashmir

Today, 5th August 2020, marks a year since the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A and the beginning of the clampdown on communication in Kashmir.

A four-member team from WSS had visited Kashmir from September 23-28, 2019 to interact with the people, especially women and children, to understand the present conditions since the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution and the bifurcation of the State into two union territories, and to express solidarity with them in their struggle. The team traveled across the districts of Srinagar, Shopian in the South and Baramulla and Kupwara in the North and interacted with people from various walks of life: older and younger women ‘trapped’ in their homes, schoolteachers, hospital functionaries, hawkers, scrap-dealers, roadside vendors, shopkeepers, orchard owners, taxi and auto drivers, school and college students, lawyers, journalists, and activists. They visited villages and mohallas, courts and hospitals at random and were not guided by anyone.

The observations, conversations and discussions they had during this visit came together asZulm Zakhm Azaadi: Women’s Voices of Resistance in Kashmir‘.

We would like to offer the book to every person interested in understanding what the events of the past year have meant for the life of an ordinary Kashmiri.

Zulm_Zakhm_Azaadi is free to download, but contributions are welcome! Write to us at booksbywss@gmail.com for contributions or to order a hard copy of the book. (Cost = 100/- + courier charges)

 

Alvida Kalpana Mehta… A Note from WSS on the Passing Away of a Feminist Activist

Alvida Kalpana Mehta…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression deeply mourns the passing away of Kalpana Mehta in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. The loss of a fellow traveler and a comrade at a time when we are going through a massive public health crisis and continuous clampdown on the right to dissent through arrests and detention is hard to bear. Kalpana has been with WSS ever since its inception in 2009. Continue reading