Why are Women’s Self-help Groups on the Periphery of Adivasi Movements in India? Insights from Practitioners
‘Adivasi’ is an identity of protest against the oppressive practices of displacement and dispossession faced by tribal communities across India. As the social and political scenario of the vast Central Indian Plateau (CIP), the homeland of many such communities, is shaped by the social dynamics of oppression and resistance, any social or political organisation working in this region for justice and equity has to not only understand this adivasi consciousness of resistance against the concentration of capital and accumulation of surplus through a process of dispossession but also evolve their strategy in the context of adivasi consciousness. The authors have many years of experience of working with women’s group in the CIP. In this reflective piece they critique their own action as failing to assimilate the important socio-political dynamics of the adivasi consciousness. As a result the women’s groups promoted by them have remained peripheral in the struggle against dispossession. Non-inclusion of women in traditionally male dominated forums in adivasi society is a hindering factor for the women to take leading part in the adivasi movements. The authors conclude that it is important to work with both men and women to fight against dispossession which will also change the culture of male dominated committees within the Adivasi society.
Ghosh, Parijat; Chaudhuri, Dibyendu; and Biswas, Debasish
"Why are Women’s Self-help Groups on the Periphery of Adivasi Movements in India? Insights from Practitioners,"
Journal of International Women's Studies: Vol. 21:
1, Article 15.
Available at: https://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol21/iss1/15