Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Dalit Women Crank Camera to Showcase Life

From today's online edition of The Hindu, one of India's leading newspapers, comes a wonderful story of how the kind of commitment to biodiversity advocated by Vandana Shiva has become linked to the imaginative use of video technology. Here's the opening two paragraphs:

NEW DELHI: What began as a means of sustenance for poor farmer women, many of them Dalits, in the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh has over the years developed into a powerful tool for their empowerment to address the issues of sovereignty over land, traditional seeds, nutritious food, natural resources, traditional knowledge, education and health.

More importantly, the women from 80 villages in Medak district, who came together to form grass-roots Sanghams, stepped out of the shadow of ignorance and intimidation and carved for themselves a niche in the challenging area of multi-media. They now wield their own movie/video cameras to tell their stories in their own manner and language.

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