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Kerala’s Women Wall Created A History By Standing Up Against Patriarchy, Pledged For Gender Equality

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Kerala’s Women Wall Created A History By Standing Up Against Patriarchy, Pledged For Gender Equality

Millions of women participated in 620 km-long Women’s Wall which was organized by the Kerala government. The wall stretched from the northern tip of the state in Kasaragod to the southern end in Thiruvananthapuram against the religious conservatives who have been opposing the Supreme Court verdict that allowed the entry of menstruating women in Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala.

This mass movement by the Indian feminists against the religious traditional beliefs is the most unprecedented in the history of India. The Indian feminists comprised of women of all castes, classes, and religion. It was being sponsored by CPI (M) led LDF government in Kerala to implement the SC verdict. This extreme number of Indian feminists represent that it is very essential to have a strong aspiration for gender equality is in the state.

With such a step taken by the women, all the conservative organizations and sections of the society including political parties will recognize that society in India has changed on a dynamic phase. Gender minorities cannot be held responsible in the name of some conservative traditional beliefs that are nowhere written in history.

These forces by the communal forces against an entry in Sabarimala had prompted government and other progressive organizations to conceive the idea of Women’s Wall in the state. The Pinarayi Vijayan government must be allowed to implement it without threats of violence and disruption of law and order of the state.

In just 24 hours, 5 million women lined up to the streets of Kerala to uphold the gender equality issue. Moreover, Sunil Joseph who is a member of the Guinness International jury told that the Women’s Wall is likely to find a space in the Guinness International chain of women. This is considered as the fourth largest chain in the history.

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Published by Isha Kataria on 03 Jan 2019

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