Two women human rights defenders on the power of mobilisation

Two women human rights defenders on the power of mobilisation

We spoke to two inspiring women human rights defenders from India and Kyrgyzstan, about their insights on and experiences of feminist mobilisation in their countries. This is what they had to say!

Anju, Dalit Women Fight, India 
"As Dalit feminists, our realities are that other feminist groups do not involve us with their work. There is a sense of exclusion from these groups. The society or other groups always see us as a victim or want to hear painful stories from us. But we also want to show them that we are courageous and have powerful stories. That our young Dalit women leaders are breaking boundaries and doing some amazingly pathbreaking things. It is time we show the society what Dalit women power really is."



Denis Nazarova, Teenagers and Youth for Justice and Equality, Kyrgyzstan
"We understand that sometimes people who are privileged might be sexist or homophobic. That is why finding the right ally is very important. But it can be a really big problem and we want to find solutions to all these problems through education. Through education we believe that we can provide more options and explain that it is sometimes very important for people to share their privileges so we can be equal."


These conversations are a part of Oxfam's campaign on 16 Days of Activism. 

What is 16 Days of Activism?

In an effort to create conversations around violence against women and girls and move towards a future where Violence Against Women and Girls is eliminated, the UN Women created the concept of 16 Days of Activism. 16 days in a year-starting from 25 November, the International Day for the elimination of Violence against women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day-are used by activists worldwide as a clarion call against gender-based violence. Oxfam India, its partners and networks is marking the '16 Days of Activism’ with a groundswell of frontline and active campaigning. A multi-pronged campaign on breaking the silence on violence at homes is spread over these 16 Days in Delhi, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

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