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CAMPAIGNS AND STRUGGLES FOR DIGNITY

Struggle for dignity and engagement with creative livelihood initiatives for life of self-reliance has been the two-pronged approach JMS has adopted towards empowering Dalit Women and Dalit Communities. The spectrum and concept of struggle included resistance to various types of injustices meted out on the basis of caste (on Dalits by the forward castes), class (as agricultural labourers) and gender (as women), campaigns for the right to food, right to education, right to work, right to health etc. and various types of solidarity offered to different campaigns and movements (Dalit movement, women’s movement, labour movement etc) in Raichur district, Karnataka and even at the national level.

The following are a few examples of the struggles and campaigns spearheaded by JMS:
1. Pothnal Bundh and Rasta Roko protesting against the nude parading of Yerramma, a Dalit woman at Vanenur village in Bellary District
2. Protest against atrocity on Dalit community at Jawalgere by the land lord and other forward castes
3. Campaign for food for work and equal wages
4. Campaign for the right to health and primary health care
5. Campaign for reaching government schemes to dalit communities
6. Year long campaign for Dalit women’s participation in the Gram Sabhas and Gram Panchayats
7. Struggle for burial ground, sanitation and clean environment in villages
8. Struggle for proper functioning of the PDS shops
9. A three year long campaign against the paddy harvesting machines
10. Campaign and struggle against violence on Dalit women (within their own households and in the society at large)
11. Campaign for the right to (receive) wages after work from the employers/landlords
12. Campaign for education for all without discrimination
13. Campaign for adequate compensation and rehabilitation during floods
14. Various solidarity struggles (to support Dalit movement, right to work/food etc)
15. The campaign and struggle for right to work with a specific focus on the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA)

Some of the struggles are summarized under the following themes : Right to work, right to health, food, education, women’s rights, right to information, support to various struggles for the issues faced by the communities.