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Changes brought about by the Womens Movement

Women and girls today are living the legacy of women's rights that seven generations of women before us have given their best to achieve. Alice Paul, who first wrote out the Equal Rights Amendment in 1923, said, "I always feel the movement is sort of a mosaic.

Each of us puts in one little stone, and then you get a great mosaic at the end. " Women, acting together, adding their small stones to the grand mosaic, have increased their rights against all odds, nonviolently, from an initial position of powerlessness".

From the time of the 19th century reform movement, women have travelled a path that is not linear. Working to understand and prevent domestic violence touches all aspects of womens lives -economic, political, social and cultural. The womens movement has made some gains in enabling women to negotiate a non-violence space for themselves. These gains have to translate into concrete alternative for women to rebuild their lives. Towards that end, the womens movement has to continue to be active and to keep expanding.

The challenges are grim; first in the form of the growing impact of Hindutvavadi parties that draw women into communal projects and second, in the acceleration of these trends by the forces of globalization, privatization and economic policies. Both pose a real threat as far as prevention of domestic and other forms of violence are concerned.


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