Preparatory meeting to garner support for Women’s Reservation Bill


By: Mohit Behl

Dharamsala: Jagori Grameen and Nishtha (NGOs based here) held a preparatory meeting with other local NGOs (Sankalp, Gunjan, Navprabhat, HRLN) today to organise a public meeting on Women’s Reservation Bill. Well- known feminist activists Kamla Bhasin and Abha Bhaiya, who have been associated with the women’s movement in India for more than three decades, facilitated the meeting.

Bhasin talked about how Anhad (Act Now for Democracy and Harmony), a Delhi-based NGO, along with other civil society organizations from all over the country has decided to start a caravan journey to demand the passing of the Women’s Reservation Bill in the Parliament. As part of this campaign, the caravan will be taken to three parts of the country – North East, North West and South. The journey will begin on May 20 from Jhansi and end on June 7, 2010, covering 15,000 kms.

This caravan will reach Rakkar near Dharamsala on June 2, 2010. In order to make this campaign successful at the national level, Jagori Grameen and Nistha along with other local organizations will organise a public meeting in Dharamsala on the same day. Local civil society organizations, political leaders, media, rural women and youth will participate in this meeting.

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