When we talk about Rural India, we still feel that Indian rural women are confined to their homes working day and night for their family, no education, no jobs, oppressed and neglected. While this is true for almost all rural Indian women, yet we feel happy when we get to know stories of women in the villages of India who are doing wonderful works for women empowerment. These women are still unknown to the rest of the world. But the kind of work they are doing for their villages needs to be spread. These are stories of inspiration and to feel proud of. Let’s check the stories of these rural Indian women achieving the impossible.
The rural Indian women of Sathyamangalam
Sathyamangalam is a small village in Tamil Nadu and the women of this village have always been victims of oppression and neglect since many years. But since the last 5 years, two voluntary organizations, ‘Signs’ and ‘Aide et Action International’ are providing training to rural women in handling video camera. These women are now using video cameras to depict the reality of their lives and to fight for their rights. In this age of mass media and technology, the video camera has become their weapon to fight against oppression. Various films have been shot on different stories, like as women’s rights, rights for people with disability, child labour, and equality across gender, caste, and class. These films are then shown to the villagers and outsiders to spread awareness of the ongoing oppressive practices against women and children. This is actually a kind of movement where all the rural women of Satyamangalam participate in with their heart. The idea is to use these videos for getting support from the district authorities and other related bodies in Tamil Nadu to empower the women in the village.
Women Farmers of Medak
Medak is a small district in the state of Telangana. The rural women of this district with the help of Deccan Development Society (DDS) village level women’s sanghams (voluntary farmer associations) learnt the techniques of sustainable rain-fed farming, which they applied in their own district initially. Later, they started providing trainings on the same to peasants in their neighbouring village Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. It is said that the rural women farmers of Medak district were once landless labourers but today they have solved their farming problems efficiently. And they have also developed innovative and eco-friendly ways to generating additional income for their family.