Bin Deshweri plays the wife of the drunken Ram Kishor.
Girijar plays the enlightened community activist who has been exposed to Samarpan.
Ram Kishor: ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂI will go and buy some liquor. No one must see me with this so I will go and drink it on the road [drinks, laughs and begins to stagger]
Bin Deshwari: I havenÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂt seen my husband for 3 days. My children havenÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂt eaten food for 3 days. What will I do?
Girijar: tell me about this, how can I help?
Grandmothers, mothers, daughters, carers, and farmers – women are donning turbans, climbing onto bullock carts, and calling people to rallies in which they demand their right to be recognised for the work that they do. We see mobilisation activities in the village of Biona Ranja, and then accompany the women to a bigger torchlight rally in Konch.
Samarpan Jan Kalayan Samiti is an NGO based in Konch, Uttar Pradesh, in a region of North India that is also called Bundelkhand. Samarpan has worked interior areas of Jalaun District since 1995, focussing on mobilising and empowering rural women from scheduled castes and other least privileged groups in society. The way that they do this is to raise awareness among women that by working together, they can increase their knowledge and skills, and make a valuable contribution to their communities, and in so doing be recognised for the valuable role that they play in society. Much of this work also involves ensuring that women are aware of their rights and entitlements in society (such as social security and maternity benefits) which when claimed have an impact on the living standards for the whole village.
OxfamÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs role as funder and supporter of SamarpanÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs mobilisastion and awareness raising work is important because as an International NGO, we can add weight to what is going on at grassroots level. For example, Oxfam and its partners gave a joint press conference in Lucknow to mark the end of two months of inter-village rallies to raise awareness of some of the issues affecting rural women and to put pressure on the government to respond to the situation being faced by rural farmers in this region. Images and testimony from this assignment was used, and the story was given a good airing in local newspapers. The more coverage that poor rural farmers in Uttar Pradesh get, the more likely it is that the government will intervene with schemes to support communities as they face a third year of drought.