Pahari women activists discuss deforestation, gherao district government officials, and demand “food not liquor” in Junagadh, Himachal Pradesh.
“This forest is our mother’s home
We will protect it with all our might!”
Photos from the Chipko movement which was started and led by Garhwali women in Uttarakhand against deforestation and the usurping of land in their villages by the government and corporations. An extremely important event for discussing ecofeminism in India, the Chipko movement resulted in demonstrations where village women would protest by clinging (hence, chipko) onto trees that were about to be razed to the ground. Traditionally, the forest is integral for the livelihood of poor, rural pahari women who collect “food, fodder, and water” there while doing back-breaking labor. Losing their rights to the forest or the jungle would have devastating effects on their lives. Scanned from The History of Doing by Radha Kumar.