Rajashri Dasgupta interview at the Montreal International Womens Conference
Rajashri Dasgupta Interview at the Montreal International Womens Conference
Uploaded: 20 Sep, 2010
Recording Date: 14 Aug, 2010
Recording Location: Montreal
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Program Title: Rajashri Dasgupta interview at the Montreal International Womens Conference
Description: Women from more than 30 countries gathered in Parc Extension, Montreal for the first Montreal International Women’s Conference. The conference was organized by the Committee of Women of Diverse Origins and went from August 13-16.
The organization works with women from diverse origins around the world to take on a number of social issues from migrants’ rights to violence against women. Some of the countries represented include the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Iran, Palestine, Pakistan, Mexico, Ecuador, and Mali.
This conference, honours and marks 100 years since the declaration of International Women’s Day. Among the issues discussed are the impact of developmental aggression including large scale mining projects; women’s access to reproductive health; the social cost of migration and migrants’ rights; racism and exploitation in the workplace; and concerns of indigenous communities here and abroad.
The end result of the conference was to build an international anti-imperialist alliance.
The following interview was conducted and recorded by one of several young women from the InterTribal Youth Centre, the South Asian Women's Community Centre, the Quebec Native Women's Association, the Y des Femmes de Montreal and Radio CKUT.
The young women involved in the radio project got the opportunity to interview women from across the world involved in the feminist militant movement.
Featured Speakers/Guests: Rajashri Dasgupta is an independent journalist based in Calcutta, specializing in issues related to gender, health, human rights, and social movements. For over 25 years, she wrote and edited for The Telegraph, The Hindu, The Times of India, Economic Times, Women’s Feature Service, and Economic & Political Weekly. She has written extensively on social, political, economic, gender, health, violence, and environmental issues. She is on the editorial board of the Kathmandu-based Himal Southasian. Actively involved in the peace and women’s rights movements, she is a member of several organizations working for social change, including Pakistan-India Peoples Forum for Peace and Democracy, Network of Women in Media (NWIM), Maitree (a network of NGOs and women’s rights groups), Swayam (a women’s crisis centre), Sachetana (a women’s rights organization) and Aman (violence mitigation and conflict resolution). She is president of Ebong Alaap, which explores innovative ways of disseminating knowledge and information in the vernacular. Awarded the Panos Fellowship, she exposed the unethical drug trials with quinacrine to sterilise women in West Bengal.
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