Women’s Emancipation

Today in most societies women are looked upon as inferior beings. They have been given a secondary status both in the family and in the wider society. Violence against women is a universal phenomenon resulting in more and more broken families.

In India, women are not only ill-treated but also subjected to various forms of socio-economic discrimination, exploitation, and sexual violence. The situation is still worse if they are Dalits. Gandhi, the Father of our nation, said he fought to gain independence: “not for the literate and the rich in India, but for the dumb millions. I shall work in India, in which the poorest shall feel that it is their country in whose making they have an effective voice, an India in which there shall be no high class and low class people.”

Though the Constitution of India provides them equality, freedom, liberty, opportunity and protection and other civil rights, women, especially Dalit women, are not able to enjoy them. The difference between upper caste and lower caste women is that the upper caste women suffer only male domination whereas lower caste women are also oppressed by upper caste women. Dalit women also face poverty, illiteracy, poor health, economic and often sexual exploitation by affluent landlords and employers.

Dalit Women Empowerment Camp
NASA believes that the development of women is essential to create a healthier, more complete community. This belief has resulted in many oppressed women rising up and struggling for social, cultural and economic equality. They have become more articulate, and are now playing a vital role in addressing community issues like access to drinking water, land rights, family welfare, healthcare and childcare.