The Gulabi Gang is an extraordinary women’s movement formed in 2006 by Sampat Pal Devi in the Banda District of Uttar Pradesh in Northern India. This region is one of the poorest districts in the country and is marked by a deeply patriarchal culture, rigid caste divisions, female illiteracy, domestic violence, child labour, child marraiges and dowry demands. The women’s group is popularly known as Gulabi or ‘Pink’ Gang because the members wear bright pink saris and wield bamboo sticks. Sampat says, “We are not a gang in the usual sense of the term, we are a gang for justice.”
The Gulabi Gang was initially intended to punish oppressive husbands, fathers and brothers, and combat domestic violence and desertion. The members of the gang would accost male offenders and prevail upon them to see reason. The more serious offenders were publicly shamed when they refused to listen or relent. Sometimes the women resorted to their lathis, if the men resorted to use of force.
Today, the Gulabi Gang has tens of thousands of women members, several male supporters and many successful interventions to their credit. Whether it is ensuring proper public distibution of food-grains to people below the poverty line, or disbursement of pension to elderly widows who have no birth certificate to prove their age, or preventing abuse of women and children, the Pink sisterhood is in the forefront, bringing about system changes by adopting the simplest of methods - direct action and confrontation.
Although the group’s interventions are mostly on behalf of women, they are increasingly called upon by men to challenge not only male authority over women, but all human rights abuses inflicted on the weak.
Got my mom some flowers for MY bday cuz she’s the one that did all the work on my bday! Two days of labor, c section, I didn’t do shit!
"Be kind to yourself while blooming. I know sometimes it feels like your soul doesn’t always fit. It’s all a part of the process."
Emery Allen (via stellablu)
"In some ways, I feel like I haven’t done anything special. I just liked to play basketball and made the college team. It’s not that different than so many of my friends I grew up with. On the other hand, I realize that I have overcome a number of challenges and that this is a huge step for my community."
Darsh Preet Singh’s college jersey is hanging in the Smithsonian this month. Why? He was the first Sikh American NCAA athlete to play wearing a turban.
FaithStreet talked to Singh about his hoops career and what it’s like to be an inadvertent trailblazer.
5 Ways To Wear A Sari, From Cosmo India
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Love it or hate it, I thought I’d share these.
Needless to say, my 83 year old grandmother did not approve of any of these. But that didn’t stop her from looking at the entire magazine.
Yes some are a little bit interesting, but I love the jacket idea. The material is sheer, and you can get cold!!! #5 is legitimately practical. I always wear sweaters with saluwars and whatnot, and I get the stink-eye from my family members.
reblogging all the years later!?
Steve McQueen is the first black director to win the Academy Award for Best Picture!
Black excellence. Such an amazing night.
"No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid."
Lupita Nyong’o (via aprill-showers)
Just a few congratulatory tweets to the ever so graceful Lupita Nyong’o!
This is how black girls/women feel right now. I’m happy to feel this.
I am on cloud nine.
Lupita Nyong’o | 86th Annual Academy Awards (March 2, 2014)
Sarla Thakral was first Indian woman to fly. Born in 1914, she earned an aviation pilot license in 1936 at the age of 21. After obtaining the initial license, she completed one thousand hours of flying. While she was working towards a commercial pilot license, World War II broke out and civil training was suspended. Later, her husband, the first Indian to earn an airmail pilot’s license, died in a crash. She abandoned her plans to become a commercial pilot and joined the Mayo School of Art in Lahore, where she trained in the Bengal school of painting and obtained a diploma in fine arts. (Wiki)