STAND UP FOR THE REPEAL OF THE THREE FARM ACTS!!
STAND UP AGAINST PATRIARCHY!!
Public Statement by WSS
Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) stands firmly and unconditionally with survivors from various movement spaces, who have come forward with their testimonies of sexual assault, harassment and other forms of interpersonal violence on social media from Trolley Times, Swaraj Abhiyan and SFS. We are thankful to these survivors for finding the courage to share their traumatic experiences. Those who have spoken up are active in the united movement demanding the repeal of the three farm Acts, spearheaded by the mass organizations of farmers and agricultural laborers. And the named perpetrators include men who were active within the same progressive organisations and spaces.
We deeply mourn the tragic death of 25-year-old Momita Basu from Covid infection on April 30 in a hospital in Bahadurgarh. She had travelled to the Tikri border in Haryana with the Kisan Social Army who she met when they visited West Bengal. As close sources reveal, she was struggling to protect herself from the continuous harassment of its leading member. Instead of getting any justice, she had been asked to return back to Bengal. Perhaps there is a real paucity of mechanisms of redressal or lack of skills among the peasant unions.
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
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
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 Continue reading
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 as ‘Zulm 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for contributions or to order a hard copy of the book. (Cost = 100/- + courier charges)