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Indian feminist group to celebrate International Women's Day with slogan 'Aath March Saath March'
'Aath March Saath March' is the statement by for International Women's Day to be celebrated on March 8.

The statement further adds, "WE INSIST ON! Socio-Economic and Political Justice! The Women's Reservation Bill pending in the Lok Sabha to be tabled on a priority basis. Women and girls must be recognised as equals within the domestic sphere, the community, socio-political and work spaces."

Ahead of the International Women's Day on March 8, the guest writer at writes that this year's Union budget has cut its gender component from 0.69 per cent to 0.65 per cent of the GDP. 

"While Nirbhaya fund remains largely unutilised, rape, rape culture and other manifestations of gender-based violence are increasing under the patronage of the current political dispensation whose own representatives blatantly continue to make misogynistic statements. Each passing day witnesses relentless attacks on the Constitution of India and its democratic and secular values," says the writer on the website showing concern about the rise in vulnerability of women and girls to patriarchal, casteist, communal and capitalist forces.

Revoking the constitutional and human rights of women, the website contribution raises the following pertinent questions: "The The Constitution of India guarantees all its citizens justice, liberty, equality and fraternity. As we work out the balance sheet of the year gone by, we ask: Have the elected representatives used their mandate to assure our basic rights and entitlements? Have they worked to ensure the dignity and integrity of all citizens irrespective of gender, caste, religion, class, dis/ability, region, sexuality and race?"

On the contrary, what we see is an ominous gathering of divisive forces with regressive ideologies, armed with hatred that aims to fragment the society. These forces are destroying the lives and livelihoods of the most vulnerable communities including the poor, Dalits, adivasis, Muslims, the queer and people with disabilities, while the powerful passively stand by and watch.

The website urges: INSIST – PERSIST – RESIST!!

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