A movement against oppression and discrimination is rising. It’s changing the face of India as women walk together to enforce their rights.

THE FILM

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A Women’s
Movement Rising

“Mahila” tells three stories of empowerment in India’s rural Dalit communities. For ages, Dalit women have suffered from triple oppression — from discrimination based on their gender, their caste and their impoverished economic class. The women of “Mahila” have found a rare voice and an important standing in their communities, and in the wider India. They’ve achieved this through education, through the access to credit and training to form businesses, and through awareness of their rights as citizens.

“Mahila” introduces us to three generations of Dalit women who represent a movement that is changing the face of India. Young Indira gets her parents full support to fulfil her dream of becoming a teacher. Jaysree leads a women farmers’ cooperative that negotiates fair prices for their dairy production. And, finally, Mary Rani is the first Dalit woman to be elected president of her village.

The Good Shepherd sisters, who have advocated for women’s and Dalit’s rights in India for the past 30 years, lead this movement, supporting hundreds of girls and women out of oppression through education, economic justice and human rights.

Written, filmed and directed by Sabrina Varani
Executive Producer Cristina Duranti (Good Shepherd International Foundation ONLUS)
Camera Marco Pasquini Editing Roberta Canepa
Writer and Interviewer Bernhard Warner Music Pietro Bartoleschi

 

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The Economic
Justice Project

Begun in 2014, the Economic Justice project aims at reducing discrimination due to gender and to caste. It works to increase social inclusion of the most marginalized women from Dalit and tribal communities living in five rural villages in India.

The project, run by Good Shepherd Sisters, helps women achieve economic, social and political empowerment through income-generating programs, through skills-training and through education of basic human rights. More and more rural women such as Jaysree now know their rights and their capabilities. They are able to economically sustain themselves and their families thanks to small business activities, taking a more active role within their community.

Join Mahila’s movement. Support women
to rise up from oppression and discrimination.

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