"But we look upon you as goddesses!”
This is an argument virtually all Indian women are familiar with, and one many are skeptical about. Within the women's movement, the goddess image has taken a completely different turn: while many individuals and groups have looked for images of empowerment and strength, and have found them in religion, others have turned the goddess image on its head.
Women need more than two hands to do all the tasks that society expects them to do.
Source: South Orissa Voluntary Action (SOVA)
Location: Bhubaneswar, Orissa
Artist: Smarita Patnaik
In the summer months Asmita goes to villages in A.P and organises Jatras (village fairs). 2 to 3 villages at one time participate in these one day fairs where stalls are set up to privide awareness on political participation of women, globalisation, health and child care/rights etc. The posters in this series are used during these Jatras. This particular poster is used during a session where women are asked to count the number of hours they spend working and home or in the fields and list all the work they do.
The Poster Women Project (www.posterwomen.org) created by Zubaan
Zubaan is an independent feminist publishing house based in New Delhi with a strong academic and general list. It was set up as an imprint of India’s first feminist publishing house, Kali for Women, and carries forward Kali’s tradition of publishing world quality books to high editorial and production standards. Zubaan means tongue, voice, language, speech in Hindustani. Zubaan publishes in the areas of the humanities, social sciences, as well as in fiction, general non-fiction, and books for children and young adults under its Young Zubaan imprint.
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