National conclave on social issues from today

June 11, 2007 12:00 am | Updated September 28, 2016 11:54 pm IST

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: A four-day national conclave on the theme `Towards a people's alliance' will be hosted by ActionAid and partner organisations across the country here from Monday.

Among issues to be discussed by representatives of indigenous communities, Dalits, Muslims, fishing communities, women, urban poor, persons with disability and people living with HIV and AIDS are peace and human security, housing and shelter, right to education, to food and livelihood, health and women's rights.

Among women speakers are Dipika Doley, a vegetable trader from Amar Bazaar Kendriya Samiti at Dhemaji district in Assam; Shanti Lungleng, a Tangkhul Naga, on social discrimination; Veenaya of Koragga, a primitive tribal group in Karnataka, Soniben, a Dalit from Khokhra in Kutch district, Satya Suner Misra alias Sunderi, a transgender on her experiences in society and Namita Nanda from Orissa, who got HIV/AIDS from her late husband.


Evenings on all the four days will be reserved for cultural expression. At dusk on Monday, women drummers from Andhra Pradesh will display their skills on the `dappu' followed by a performance by Rajasthan's `Langa Manganhaar' musical group.

On the second day there will be a dance programme by visually impaired artists and a performance by Budhan Theatre Group, dramatising events surrounding custodial deaths, abductions, beatings and torture of people across the country. The four-days programmes will be held at the Lalitha Kala Thoranam here.

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