World Social Forum: Experiences of Women in Gujarat

January 30, 2004 | Comments Off on World Social Forum: Experiences of Women in Gujarat

On OpenDemocracy.org, Swedish activist America Vera-Zavala has written about experiences of women at the World Social Forum, which concluded last week in Bombay.  She begins her article with women survivors of the massacre in Gujarat, speaking at the panel “Religious Fundamentalism, Communalism, Casteism and Racism – Actually a Globalisation Agenda:”



“After the rape they made us walk home naked. When our men saw us they took off the clothes that they still had and gave them to us so that we could wrap something around us.” The woman starts crying, and she bows her head in shame. The other woman chairing the meeting gives her a warm clap on the shoulder and asks us to applaud for the survivors – the survivors of the massacre in Gujarat in February 2002.


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