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Women's March - India

Women’s Voices against Fear and Hatred

Women Vote for Change

Women across India will march together on the 4th of April, 2019 to reject the current environment of hate and violence and to claim their constitutional rights as citizens of a democratic republic.

Women’s March, India is aimed at uniting voices of dissent against the targeted attacks on the Constitutional rights of women in India.

The growth of fascist and neo-liberal forces in the country, and the resulting rise in violence in society, has deeply impacted the lives of women. Attacks on minorities, especially Muslims, Dalits and Christians, which have taken various forms including fake encounter killings and mob lynching by the cow vigilantes have created an atmosphere of fear and insecurity.

There is a steady deterioration in the rule of law and the basic constitutional commitment to equality. Neo-liberal economic policies and growing crony capitalism have adversely impacted women in general, but especially those who belong to the Dalit, Adivasi and other marginalised communities. Their fragile economic base has been devastated and the environmental destruction unleased has impacted them severely.

The last few years have witnessed a frontal attack on the Constitution, particularly on the freedom of expression it guarantees – the right to dress, speak, write, eat and choose – which impacts women disproportionately.

Voices of dissent have been systematically silenced. While Sudha Bhardwaj, Shoma Sen and many others are languishing in jails, women like Gauri Lankesh have had to pay with their lives for exercising their fundamental right to speech and expression.

As we move towards the 2019 general elections, we are reminded every day of the acute need to unite to defeat the casteist, communal and divisive forces that threaten to tear the fabric of our nation. Our vote is critical in deciding our fate and the fate of our fellow citizens.

There is an urgent need for women and transgender people in every sphere - students, activists, professionals, domestic workers, artists, academics, bureaucrats, journalists, lawyers, sex workers, farmers and forest dwellers - to raise our voices collectively against fascism, violence, hate, discrimination and war. We need to reclaim our republic, assert our rights guaranteed by the Constitution and stand up against the dismantling of our democratic institutions.  Most importantly, we need to fight against the shrinking of our democratic spaces and the crackdown on dissent. 

Women’s March, India is an inclusive platform for diverse communities of women who seek to dismantle the current regime of oppression and strive towards a just and peaceful future.
We invite you to be co-travellers in this journey and join us on the 4th of April.

This is a National call to organize Women Marches across Cities, towns, Talukas, villages and wherever else possible on April 4th.

 

A. Mangai, theatre Activist and Academician, Chennai.
Aabha, TISS (alumni), Mumbai
Aarti
Aasha Ramesh, MAKAAM, Karnataka
Aasha Ramesh, Women's Rights Activist and Researcher, Bangalore;
Aasima, Delhi Solidarity Forum
Abha Bhaiya, OBR India
Abhiti Gupta
Adsa Fatima, Health activist, Delhi
Afra Shafiq
Aheli Choudhry, JOSH
Akole Tsuhah, MAKAAM, Nagaland
Alice Moris, MAKAAM, Gujarat
Alka Vijay, Alwar, NFIW, Rajasthan
Aloka Kujur, social activist, NAPM, Jharkhand, WSS
Amandeep, NFIW, Rajasthan
Amita Baviskar
Amita Buch, Ahmedabad
Amrita Johri
Anandhi
Anchita Ghatak
Anita Mathur, Jaipur
Anita Ratnam, Bengaluru
Anita Tailor, NFIW, Rajasthan
Anjali Bhardwaj, SNS
Anjali Monterio, Mumbai
Anjlee Agarwal, Samarthyam Women with Disabilities Forum for Action, New Delhi
Anju Singh, AIDMAM
Anjum Ara Begum
Ankita Luharia, Jaipur
Ankita Maloo, Mahila Jan Adhikar Samiti, Rajasthan
Annie Raja, NFIW
Anu Kapoor, Swayam
Anu Verma, MAKAAM, Gujarat
Anuradha Kapoor, Kolkata
Anurita Hazarika,
Aparna Dixit
Aparna, research scholar, DSF, JNU
Apeksha Vora, Mumbai
Archana Singh,
Aruna Roy, MKSS, Rajasthan
Aruna, KMVS, Kutch, Gujarat
Arundhati Dhuru, NAPM
Asha Kaushik, RUWA, Jaipur
Ashiti
Ashlesha Khadse, Amrita Bhumi, Karnataka;
Aswathy Senan
Ayeesha Rai, National Network of Sex workers
Aysha Khan, RTF campaign
Azeema, Gujarat
Baitina, NFIW, Rajasthan
Banamallika Choudhury, NEthing, Guwahati, Assam
Bhanwari Bai, Mahila Jan Adhikar Samiti, Rajasthan
Bharti Bindoria, NFIW, Rajasthan
Bina Panchal, NFIW, Rajasthan
Binny, MAKAAM, Jharkhand
Bishakha Datta, Point of View, Mumbai
Bittu Karthik
Boby Dixit, NFIW, Rajasthan
Bondita Acharya, WING-Assam
Brinelle D’Souza, Indian Christian Women’s Movement, Mumbai
Chaitali
Chanda Asani, Jaipur
Chandar Kala, NFIW, Rajasthan
Chayanika Shah, LABIA- A Queer Feminist LBT Collective, Mumbai
Chetali Haldar
Chhaya Pachauli, Jaipur
Corriene Kumar, Bengaluru
Cynthia Stephen, TEDS Trust, DAWNS, Chennai
Deepa Gupta, MAKAAM, Uttrakhand
Deepa V, Delhi
Deepika, Educator, Patna
Deshdeep
Dev Desai, Gujarat
Devaki Jain
Devika , Pinjra Tod, Delhi
Dhanak, organization of inter caste and interfaith couples, Delhi
Dhiviya, Delhi
Diamond Oberoi Vahali
Diana, CIEDS Collective, Karnataka
Dimple
Dinesh Desai,
Dipta Bhog
Divya Srinivasan
Divya Srinivasan, Delhi
Dr. Bhan Kaur Pilibanga, NFIW, Rajasthan
Dr. Radha Bhandari, NFIW, Rajasthan
Dr. Vaishali Patil, MAKAAM, Maharashtra
Dr.Tonam Sharma, NFIW, Rajasthan
Elina Horo, Adivasi Women’s Network, Jharkhand
Elizabeth Cherian
Ena Zafar
Faizan Alam, Delhi
Farah Naqvi, writer, activist, Delhi
Farida Khan, Pehchan
Firdous Siddiqui
Fizza Hussain, ICC member, intersectional feminist, researcher, AMU
Flavia Agnes, Advocate, Majlis, Mumbai
Ganga Gupta, Bikaner
Gargi Chakravarty ,NFIW
Gargie Munglekar, MAKAAM, Maharashtra
Gauri Chowdhury, Action India
Geeta Chhipa, NFIW, Rajasthan
Geeta Seshu, journalist, Free Speech Collective
Ghazala Paul, Gujarat
Girija Gupte, Workers’ Rights Activist, Mumbai
Grace Banu
Gurkirth Kaur, Alwar, NFIW, Rajasthan
Hasina Khan, bebaak Collective, Mumbai
Heera Jhangpani,
Hema Gobindram, Mumbai
Hema Swaminathan, IIMB, Bangalore, Karnataka
Himshi Singh, NAPM
Hiral Dave, MAKAAM, Gujarat
Honey Oberoi Vahali
Inayat Singh Kakar, jan Swasthya Abhiyan, Punjab & others

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