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The Brick-makers
The Woman and the Tree


As a majority of the world’s population, women play decisive roles in managing and preserving biodiversity, water, land and other natural resources. The success of the Chipko movement in the seventies was seen as a major turning point for both gender and environmental activism and women were seen reclaiming the right to the environment and natural resources. Since then environmental issues have become a serious concern for women and the symbol of the flourishing tree—the tree of life—has been used widely by craftswomen across the country. ... more

Prevent HIV-AIDS


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Modern Women vs Traditional Women


In the old days, villages remained largely isolated from the world outside and it was usually only when a road made its way into the village and people were able to travel, that outside influences began to creep in, bringing with them change, not always for the better. But for women, access to the public world still remained limited, and although they too felt and experienced some level of change, they were not often able to give expression to it. The works that you see here, describe a different reality—they show how, in recent years, women have become increasingly mobile, using bicycles, buses, sometimes even cars and jet planes—and perhaps we may be allowed to speculate that this increasing mobility has given women greater access and participation in the public sphere. ... more

Women Unite


The impact of calamities and conflicts is most sharply felt by women, and yet, few discussions pay attention to them. During the Tsunami for example, studies have shown that many more women died than men because the men were away at work while the women were in their homes, and many who were outside went back into their homes to fetch children and older people, risking their lives. In these works, women have used their wonderful strokes and stitches to express their concern for the world around them, and how it has changed as a result of natural and man-made disasters—such as the Tsunami or ‘terrorism’. ... more

Woman as Creator

the goddess

A common argument used whenever women in India speak about being oppressed is: how can a society that treats women as goddesses also oppress them? Within the women’s movement, activists have taken this on board and have used the image of the many-armed empowered goddess to speak of a completely different reality. They’ve turned the image on its head and shown how the many arms actually represent the never-ending tasks that a woman has to do, and the drudgery of her daily life as this stunning image demonstrates. ... more

A Woman’s Misery


It is often argued that social movements and organisations have tended to neglect rural India, preferring to take the easy option and remain in cities and towns. Yet these works by rural artists show something completely different. They represent strong voices against gender-based violence, and address issues such as widow remarriage, bride burning, dowry, domestic violence, women’s health, sex-selective abortion and HIV/AIDs. These various artworks prove beyond doubt that these issues remain real for women, no matter that they belong to urban or rural India. ... more