Reportback from the Historic Dalit Mahila Swabhiman Yatra (Dalit Women’s Self-Determination Tour)

Saturday, April 12, 2014
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Post Tags: caste, dalit, gender, india, and women. Categories: Discussion and Screening.
Institute for Public Knowledge, 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor, Room 503, Main Conference Room, Manhattan
Admission: Free & Open to All

Meet Asha Kotwal (All Indian Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch) & filmmaker/organizer, Thenmozhi Soundararajan

Co-sponsored by: South Asia Solidarity Initiative, 3rd I NY, Ambedkar International Mission, Mahila Mandal, “Caste, Race, Democracy,” Barnard College, Columbia University, VDay (List in formation).

In 2014 the All Indian Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch (AIDMAM), a national campaign to end caste-based sexual violence, launched the historic Dalit Mahila Swabhiman Yatra (Dalit Women’s Self-Determination Tour). The February – March tour featured a multi-state series of events, protests, and caravans to put political pressure on officials, call out perpetrators and raise the continued cry for justice.

In honor of Ambedkar Jayanthi (birth anniversary), please come listen to the General Secretary of AIDMAN Asha Kotwal, and filmmaker/organizer Thenmozhi Soundararajan who traveled across India on this historic tour with hundreds of Dalit women demanding justice and accountability for violence and oppression. This event presents a great opportunity to support critical Dalit women’s social movements happening today, as well as continue to raise the questions of caste and social justice within the United States.


About 3rd i NY

3rd I New York’s monthly film/video/media salon is designed by local filmmakers and cultural producers to showcase the works of independent media makers of South Asian, Central Asian, and Arab descent. Providing alternative forums for these filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their work and whose cultures and histories are often demonized or misrepresented in mainstream media, not only increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion.


3rdi NY Film Programming is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts, and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, both in partnership with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Alwan for the Arts hosts our monthly screenings series. We are thankful to the SINGH Foundation for acting as our fiscal sponsor


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