Issue No. 328, November 2016
The Women's Solidarity Festival
Women from AVAG’s Women’s Self-Help Groups perform in front of an audience of more than 5,000 women A volunteer at Village Action (AVAG) shares her experience of this year’s Women’s Solidarity Festival India is a land of many festivals, each celebrating our rich cultural tradition, each representing a certain important date in the history of one or the other religion. These timings often correspond to events in the natural cycles of land and water, such as the coming of rain or the harvest season. The Women’s Solidarity Festival at AVAG stands out in some ways from these traditional festivals. For one, the date of the festivities is flexible and this year there were four pre-events leading up to the Finale. The theme of the festival is simply the Spirit of Woman. It overcomes every cultural, caste, class, race, colour and even gender divide since men, too, are welcome to celebrate the Spirit of Woman. There is no religion-based tradition or fear of upsetting a God...