Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The Gulabi Gang

Every now and then I post about something I feel strongly about. Most of the time it has something to do with women or children. I'm a strong advocate for women's rights - but don't get me wrong - I do believe there are some jobs just not meant for a least "most" women. But that's for another post.

Today, I'm introducing you to the Gulabi Gang. This is a group of women in India who finally had enough. Enough abuse, rape, and unfair treatment from husbands and government officials. One lady, Sampat Devi Pal, decided that after her friend had been beaten by her alcoholic husband that she would not stand for it any longer. She donned a pink sari, gathered a group of friends and neighbors, and fought back.

For those who have followed my blog for a while, know me personally, or have read through some past posts, you may know that I was once caught up in an abusive relationship. But my story is nothing compared to what these women endure everyday - it's a way of life for them. But, thanks to this woman, they are taking it no more.

These poor and illiterate women are taking a stand against the injustices that have been forced upon them. In the beginning they fought back with sticks they trained themselves to use.

Today, the gang is made up of over 10,000 women, all of whom where the mark of the pink sari. These days they will fight if necessary, but they try to use words more than sticks.
Their story is amazing. If you are interested here are a few links for you:


  1. Thanks for introducing me to their story!!

  2. Very interesting. I think all women can benefit from learning martial arts. And working for justice.