Voicing our Resistance- Women’s Day March 8th

Women of Adivasi Aikya Vedika, Mahabubnagar; Adivasi Aikya Vedika, Warangal; Adivasi Aikya Vedika, Adilabad; Chinna Sannakarrula Rythu Sangham, Warangal; Dalit Mahila Sangham, Medak; Deccani Gorrela Mekala Pempakhadharula Sangham (DGMPS), Medak; Dalit Mahila Sangham, Chittoor; Adivasi Aikya Vedika, Vishakapatnam; Adivasi Aikya Vedika, West Godavari; Adivasi Aikya Vedika, East Godavari; Adivasi Aikya Vedika, Vijayanagaram and Adivasi Aikya Vedika, Srikakulam; Sri Gopi Rythu Sangham, Chittoor celebrated Women’s Day across Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

Press Release for Women’s Day- March 8th 2015 

On this day of struggle, we the women from the Food Sovereignty Alliance, India denounce the growing violence against women, emerging from the Capitalist Patriarchal Corporate Industrial Agri-business System, that is systematically displacing us from our lands and livelihoods, resulting in growing gender inequality. Over the last decade alone, millions of us women in rural India have been driven out from being landowners to becoming agriculture labour. We women who been the backbone of food-farming systems, the custodians of seeds, breeds, biodiversity and knowledge, have been displaced from our key decision making roles in agriculture and food systems.

We will fight capitalist patriarchal corporate controls by asserting and defending our collective rights to our lands, forests, water, air, indigenous seeds and animals, our diverse food cultures, our knowledge systems and local markets. We commit to shift from commodity monocultures to biodiverse food farming, from fossil-fuel and toxic chemical based production to agro-ecological production, from corporate seeds to our indigenous local seeds, from depending on corporate markets for our food, to feeding ourselves and our communities with the food we produce.

We strongly oppose The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Ordinance, 2014, that is set to be tabled in parliament on March 9th. This Ordinance will only serve to further threaten our life and livelihoods, our food sovereignty, and violates our constitutional safeguards.

We strongly oppose the intent of the Central government to introduce genetically modified foods, such as Golden Rice, in the name of addressing nutritional deficiencies amongst Women and Children. We as women assert, that nutritional definciencies can only be addressed by food sovereignty.

We denounce the recent ban on trade and consumption of beef in Maharashtra. This is a source of food and livelihood and the ban violates our right to food and diverse food cultures.

We call upon all men to join us in this fight against patriarchy, capitalism and growing communalism in our society- for a world free of violence against women.

March 8th 2015 Food Sovereignty AllianceFSA 2015 W- Day Declaration

TELANGANA 

Adivasi Aikya Vedika, Mahabubnagar

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Chinna Sannakaru Rythu Sangham, Warangal

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                      Over 40 women leaders of Chinna Sannakaru Rythu Sangham from 5 villages at the meeting in Gummadiveli village.

Dalit Mahila Sangham and DGMPS, Telangana

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Women leaders of Dalit Mahila Sangham and Deccani Gorrela Mekkala Pempakadarula Sangham hold a meeting at Badampet. The Sarpanch of Badampet village accepts the demand to allocate 10 % of the total village land as common grazing land and supported the removal of liquor belt shops.

ANDHRA PRADESH 

Adivasi Aikya Vedika, East Godavari

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Over 500 women from 70 villages celebrate women’s day in Rampachodavaram. Koya, Konda Reddy, Kondh, Manya Dora and Konda Kammara adivasi women take out a rally to ITDA and submit their demands for a Special Grievance Cell in ITDA to address violence against women and the complete implementation of Forest Rights Act, 2006.

Adivasi Aikya Vedika, Vishakapatnam

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Over 500 women from 75 villages celebrated women’s day in Paderu. Gadaba, Kondh, Poroja and Kondadora Women rally for their rights and oppose Bauxite Mining.

Adivasi Aikya Vedika, Vijayanagaram

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Gadaba, Jatapu, Savara and Kondadora adivasi women take out a rally in Panchipenta Mandal. Over 500 women from 40 villages demanded for the implementation of PESA,1996 and called for a halt to the distribution of high-yielding seeds. 

Dalit Mahila Sangham, Chittoor

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80 dalit women from 10 villages celebrated women’s day in Rayapedu village.

Women of Sri Gopi Rythu Sangham held a door to door campaign in 2 villages to discuss the upcoming Land Ordinance and held a signature campaign on the demands.

MEDIA COVERAGE

TELANGANA

Adivasi Aikya Vedika, Mahabubnagar

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Adivasi Aikya Vedika- Warangal

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Chinna Sannakaru Rythu Sangham, Warangal

Eenadu Warangal edition 9th March

Dalit Mahila Sangham and DGMPS, Telangana

Medak women's day newspaper

ANDHRA PRADESH 

Adivasi Aikya Vedika, East Godavari

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Adivasi Aikya Vedika, Vishakapatnam

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