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"Gulaab Gang": Women's Vigilantism in India

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Issue 6: Women’s Empowerment: 

Gulabi Gang (Women’s Pink Sari Gang in India)

There are many ways for women’s empowerment movement. An extra ordinary example is India’s “Gulabi Gang” which was founded by Samat Pal Devi, a mother of five children and she is a former government health workers. The Gulabi Gang is a group of Indian women vigilantes (members of self-appointed group that undertake law enforcement without legal authority) and activists originally from Bundelkhand, Uttar Pradesh but they are also active across North India. The main purpose of this Gang to promote Justice and members of this Gang visit abusive husbands and hit their arms and legs with bamboo sticks which paralyzes the arms and legs. This technique is used to make abusive husbands understand, how it feels to be beaten. The Gang has advocated and stopped child marriages as well as protesting dowry and female illiteracy. As of 2008, there were 20,000 Gulabi Gang Members and the numbers are growing. There is a new Bollywood movie made by Nishtha Jain starring the famous Bollywood actresses, Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla that is based on this Gang and it is called, “Gulaab Gang”. 

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“…we won’t see radical change until every part of society sees this as their problem too.”
 
There are different perspectives on the idea of men addressing gender inequality and why they don’t always take action. The author of this article uses the example of a man (and crowd) speaking up when a rap battle in London gets ugly to illustrate the importance of men getting involved in the dialogue and process of ridding society of this widespread problem. Women’s empowerment clearly wears many faces…

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Women Empowerment and Sustainable Development

This article brings a multi faceted approach to sustainable development in agriculture with one key component being women empowerment.  The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations understands that family farmers are the driving force in food production but are somehow the most at risk.  The goal for utilizing rural women is important, but also acknowledging other factors such as climate change and food security needs to occur for sustainability.  

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Interesting article about women empowerment. Melinda gates on women issues and the importance of data for women empowerment.

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Interesting article about women empowerment. Melinda Gates on women issues and the importance of data to empowering women.
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