Women’s Convention Titled ‘Hum Hi Se Samvidhaan’ to Discuss Issues Like Deteriorating Rule of Law, Crony Capitalism
Feminists, activists, academicians, intellectuals and politicians will convene at the Constitution Club in Delhi on Tuesday.
Feminists, grassroots activists, politicians and intellectuals coming together on Tuesday, February 12 for a day-long, women’s convention titled “Hum Hi Se Samvidhaan” at the Constitution Club in New Delhi.
Hosted by One Billion Rising (OBR) India along with Act Now for Harmony and Democracy (ANHAD), Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS), Satark Nagrik Sangathan (SNS) and People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), the Convention is set to deliberate over concrete constitutional measures as legal and civic safeguards against the “steady deterioration in the rule of law and the basic constitutional commitment to equality” in the country.
Speaking to NewsCentral24x7, Shabnam Hashmi of ANHAD, explained why, even though a part of the series of protests across the country, the Convention is unique in giving a new dimension to the conversations that began with Baatein Aman Ki — a rally in defence of the Constitution that held over 500 meetings in around 200 cities in the country.
“The only distinction to how it places itself differently from others is the fact that it is an all-women’s convention. If we go back and see, in a way, it’s taking forward Baatein Aman Ki, which was also the first of its kind, women travelling across India but not for gender rights alone. Yes, that is one of the issues, but women here are coming along together to reclaim the constitution and that is where it is distinct from all the other programmes where women singularly talk about fighting violence against women alone,” she said.
The Convention will see grassroots activists, politicians, feminists and intellectuals coming together and dismantling the myth that women are yet to put out a universal statement on atrocities, as a whole, as opposed to limiting their voices to women-specific issues. As Hashmi explained, gender issues in a society is a part of the larger whole, and the Convention will also be addressing the impact of neoliberal economic policies, especially the growth of crony capitalism.
Hashmi added, “The wealth has been concentrated into few hands. Not that this process started now, but over the last four years it has accelerated many times over.”
The Convention comes at a crucial juncture when free speech has had severe consequences. While Gauri Lankesh was brutally murdered by right-wing goons, activists and intellectuals like Shoma Sen, Sudha Bhardwaj, Roma Wilson have been jailed under the draconian Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.
The Convention is open to all who wish to stand in solidarity.