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These are the ever inspiring collection of stories of women who have made Kudumbashree proud. Their determination to bring about changes in the age old belief systems and socio-cultural arrangements that tied them down has begun giving results.

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The woman who fights injustice is empowered
I am Suseela. I was born and brought up in Alappuzha district, and am now working as a gender RP in Kannur district. I was living in Alappuzha with my husband and our two children. We shifted to
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28 year old Latha Kumari, known as Latha Girish, came for the GSLP class that day. After the class, she got up and said, “Madam, I am changing my name from Latha Girish to Latha
Society is for the women too
Vishwapuram, Ward no. 1 of Pouvoor panchayat, was a sparsely populated place. The Panayam-Vattayam road was a lonely stretch. Women were scared to go through this area even during the day. Men, in
Brave move by women’s gathering – Sex Racket in custody
I am Remani, President of Seethathodu Panchayat ’s Ward no. 1 ADS. After working on Employment Guarantee , I was taking a break along with my co-workers Maya and Bindu when we saw an
Solution to the problems faced by Pathanamthitta’s Women Bus Conductors
During the women’s meetings conducted at district levels as part of the 12 th anniversary celebrations of Kudumbashree, the women bus conductors from Pathanamthitta had a lot to say about
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The woman who fights injustice is empowered

I am Suseela. I was born and brought up in Alappuzha district, and am now working as a gender RP in Kannur district. I was living in Alappuzha with my husband and our two children. We shifted to Kannur as part of my husband’s job requirements.

We lived in rented houses at first, but later bought our own house and land. From 2002, I was working as CDAS at Narathu grama panchayat. It was then that Kudumbasrees’s GSLP classes began. It was the time that I was carrying on with frontline activities as the district RP.

Around that time, we had a mother and her two beautiful daughters shift into my neighbourhood. The house was close to the road, and that was the start of the problems. The youngsters started to cause trouble by urinating in front of the house, saying abuses and obscenities, smashing streetlights at night, throwing firecrackers, laughing out loud, and singing loudly.

One day as I was taking class on the subject  “Women and the development of community” at the panchayat, when a neighbour informed me that two obscene cut-outs were placed on a post in front of Pramila’s house. Nobody was reacting to it as they were scared of the boys. When we talked to the party men regarding this, we didn’t receive much response. They said they can get it removed by night. Pramila and her daughters were very upset and I wanted to do something against this harassment. I told everyone in my neighbourhood group to be there on the road at the time I reached there. After the class when I reached there, everyone had already come there with sickles and sticks in hand. I was overwhelmed by what I saw.

I got a chair, got on to it, and with the sickle, I hacked at the cut-outs. Everyone joined in and destroyed the cut-outs. I got phone calls with threats and abuses all through the night, but the women stood united. Everyone was surprised at our unity and strength. After that no one dared to harass the women in any way. I am satisfied that I could show the strength of women is not mere words, but a reality. Now I work as an RP in Alappuzha.

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