Famous feminist activist Kamla Bhasin dies
Sept. 25, 2021, 4:47 p.m.
Kamla Bhasin, a leading feminist activist from South Asia, died in the early hours of Saturday after battling cancer at the age of 75.
News of her disappearance was shared on Twitter by activist Kavita Srivastava on Saturday, bdnews24.com reports citing the Hindustan Times.
“Kamla Bhasin, our dear friend, passed away around 3 am today September 25th. This is a big setback for the women’s movement in India and the South Asian region. She celebrated life regardless of adversity. Kamla you will always live in our hearts. In Sisterhood, who is in deep grief, ”Srivastava wrote.
Bhasin, who had emerged as one of the most charismatic and prominent leaders of the women’s movement in India and other South Asian countries in the 1970s, always maintained that feminism was not a war between men and women but a war of ideologies.
“One who uplifts men and gives them power, and the other who advocates equality! she said.
Bhasin, the main person behind “Sangat”, a South Asian feminist network, said she was working to “break down the misunderstanding between South Asian countries” which she said “was the only goal. of his life “.
By organizing the “Sangat Month Long Course” since 1984, the Network has developed the capacities of more than 650 activists from South Asia and offered a better understanding of concepts related to gender, justice, poverty, development. lasting, to peace, democracy and humanity. rights.
Best known for her work with Sangat and her poem “Kyunki main ladki hoon, mujhe padhna hai”, Bhasin wore several hats and her accomplishments were numerous. She was also a sociologist and development professional and South Asia coordinator of One Billion Rising, one of the biggest feminist movements of recent times.
“Changing that mindset requires a cultural tsunami. Before ending violence against women, we must demolish countless religious, cultural and linguistic practices that are considered normal. For example, words like ‘pati’ and ‘swami’ for husbands should disappear. These words mean “master” or “owner”. In free India, an adult woman cannot – and should not – have an owner. There are many other similar words and phrases that humiliate and insult women. They too must be purged of our consciousness, ”Bhasin wrote in an article for the Hindustan Times.
As a representative of the United Nations, Bhasin first arrived in Bangladesh in 1976 and worked with Gonoshasthaya Kendra, a rural health care organization.
According to Bhasin, the organization has “changed the definition of gender transformation” in Bangladesh “without using the terms” gender or women empowerment. “