Widows Separated Women
A mass membership based
We Will Meet Any Difficulties Large or Small
We Will Not Wait for Anyone,
By Our Own Strength We Will Overcome
The Need for Such an Association
For centuries, the lives of widows in India have been marked by exclusion, marginalization and cruel caste and community customs. Low-income widows have even less opportunities to improve their lives and live with dignity. Low educational levels of women in the country, widespread patriarchal values, lack of organization of the widows themselves, have meant that the condition of widows in India has gone unnoticed.
Raja Ram Mohan Roy (1772-1833) was a social reformer who influenced the status of widows, and Gandhi promoted widows’ right to live a life with dignity, but there are not many others in the list, and society has been slow to change.
Something needed to be done. What was needed was not more ashrams, but an organization of widows and separated women helping each other and fighting for their rights. And so, in January 2000, the Rajasthan Association of Strong Women Alone was formed, and at present (December 2008) has over 26,299 members across 28 Districts of the state, and is still growing.
The Mission of the Association
Enabling low-income “women alone” to build an organization through which the members, working together, change their physical, mental, family, social, cultural, economic, political and legal status so that each one becomes an empowered citizen of the country, leading a dignified life of quality.
This process of struggle will bring strength within themselves, and will lead to a stronger society. All this will only be possible if the women are organized, and work together.
Objectives of the Association
1. To ensure the right to a life of dignity and respect for “women alone”