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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

Angela Davis at “Stand With Sharmila:Repeal AFSPA” Campaign Event


Press Note. Mumbai. 17 December 2016

At an exclusive meet-the-press in Mumbai, American black feminist activist and human rights defender, Angela Davis joined feminists in India spearheading a global women’s campaign appealing to the President of India to use his Constitutional powers and repeal the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). In doing so, she extends her solidarity to the struggles of women in India against the impunity granted to security forces under the AFSPA and the consequent widespread violation of rights in all areas where this law has been in force. In particular, Ms Davis salutes the historic struggle of Irom Chanu Sharmila whose 16 year long fast against the AFSPA helped foreground the issue both nationally, and internationally, saying “I am utterly inspired by Irom Sharmila’s strength and perseverance.” Continue reading

“My struggle will continue until AFSPA is struck down” – Irom Sharmila


“My struggle will continue until AFSPA is struck down” said Irom Sharmila Chanu, the poet and activist from Manipur whose 16-year long hunger strike against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act has made her a global symbol of non-violent resistance. Sharmila was speaking at a press conference organised by the “Stand With Irom Sharmila: Repeal AFSPA” Campaign, a global campaign endorsed by nearly 1000 women – from pioneers of global women’s movements to grassroot activists who have dedicated their lives to the struggle for women’s rights and freedoms.

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