NATIONAL CONFERENCES OF
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The National Conferences are part of a long and vibrant history of the women’s movement in India, particularly the autonomous women’s movement. The first national conference took place in Mumbai in 1980 at the height of the Anti Rape Campaign. Since then there has been no looking back, and at periodic intervals (also known as recovery periods), several other conferences have been organised in different parts of teh country - Mumbai (1985), Patna (1987), Calicut (1990), Tirupati (1994), Ranchi (1997), Kolkata (2006). Each, an opportunity for debates, discussions and sharing on the issues of the times. Each, a time of moving forward as a movement!

Saheli has been an intrinsic part of the planning process of all these conferences. The core strength of these conferences being its vision to brings together women from various streams of the autonomous women’s movements – i.e. women’s groups not aligned to the government, political parties, underground groups or funding agencies - on a range of issues and concerns. Over the years these conferences have evolved as a space for expression of our collective ideas, politics and struggles. Needless to say that its also a space of feminist fun, laughter and wit!
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SESSION ON CASTE-BASED IDENTITIES: Co-ordinated by Saheli, Sama and Cadam
Newsletter Dec 2006

TOWARDS A POLITICS OF JUSTICE: AFFIRMING DIVERSITIES, RESISTING DIVISIVENESS
SEVENTH NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF WOMEN’S MOVEMENTS, KOLKATA