Monday, April 7, 2008

Broken Voices: 'Untouchable' Women Speak Out

The Launch of Broken Voices: 'Untouchable' Women Speak Out, the new book by Valerie Mason-John, will take place on Thursday 17 April at the Borders Bookstore on Charing Cross Road, London at 6.30pm

For the occasion, a panel discussion hosted by Producer and film maker Pratibha Parmar will bring together Sharmilla Beezmohun, deputy editor of Wasafiri, Malati Wankhede, from the ex untouchable community of India, Karunamaya, member of the Arya Tara Mahila Trust India, and Valerie Mason-John the Author

These previously undocumented stories reveal the lives of the Dalit—or untouchable women—in India by highlighting the continuing issues of human rights and discrimination. Recording such experiences as working in rice fields and living in slums, this work includes oral histories and covers a wide range of topics, including dowry burnings, marriages, beggars, human traffickers, and political and social activists. An exploration of the effects of Dr. Ambedkar, the architect of India’s constitution and the advocate of positive reservations for untouchables in education and employment, and other historical movements and religious texts on these women is also included.

Broken Voices: Untouchable Women Speak Out
Valerie Mason John
India Research Press
218 pages
ISBN13: 9788183860734
ISBN10: 8183860737

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