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  • Women Workers Help Line
    Dear all, Women are playing a leading role in the struggle for land ownership at Okara and other areas. They have led several struggles to fight the Military
    Message 1 of 3 , Apr 23, 2011

    Dear all,

    Women are playing a leading role in the struggle for land ownership at Okara and other areas. They have led several struggles to fight the Military farms administration. 

    At Kulyana Military Estate, in 2009, while three peasant leaders were killed by the goons of the military officers, over 20 women were injured fighting along. It led to a point where some of the military officers left their land to safe their lives from the anger of the peasants. That land was distributed by Anjaman Mozareen Punjab Kulyana estate. Land less peasant women got the priority and they were the first one to get the land, showing glimpse of the future of this movement.

    Never before, so many women came to attend any gathering as they did on 6th April. 

    Please find attached some picture of peasant women participation on 6th April at Kulayan Military Estate Okara on the occasion of the second death anniversary of three peasant leaders. 

    Over 2000 peasant women participated in this massive convention attend by over 10,000. It was one of the largest gatherings of the peasants this year in Pakistan. The tenants of Okara are fighting for land rights since 2000. General Musharaf tried to kick them out but failed miserably because of the fierce resistance put up by these tenants. Women took the lead at the time. 

    Benazhir Bhutto and Mian Nawaz Sharif, both had promised at the time that if they come into power, thy will award land rights to the tenants. The tenants are working on these lands for over 100 years. This promise is not yet fulfilled  and the movement still goes on. 

    Women Workers Help Line has been assisting this movement for long time along with other social movements and organisations. On 6th April 2011, four women were among the 10 main speakers at the peasant convention. Bushra Khaliq member federal committee Labour Party Pakistan, Nazli javed of Labour Education Foundation, Badaru Nisa of Anjaman Mozareen Punjab Okara and myself as general secretary Women Workers help Line spoke on the occasion and got very good response. 

    We spoke of equal land rights for peasant women, against domestic violence and lead role of women in the struggle for land rights. 

    The AMP, organizers of the event have given a deaf line of 14th August 2011 for the acceptance of the demands and warned the government if they failed to implement their promises, we will have no option but to march to Lahore and picket line the chief ministerhome at Raiwaind. 

    In solidarity,


    Riffat Maqsood
    General Secretary
    Women Workers Help Line
    25/A Davis Road,Lahore,Pakistan.
    Ph: 092-42-6363915
    fax: 092-42-6363944
    E-mail: wwhlpk@...



  • Meera Velayudhan
    please could you send updates on okara. 1. what was the change made in tenancy law and its implications 2. what are the gender issues- since women are playing
    Message 2 of 3 , Jul 3 9:31 PM
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      please could you send updates on okara. 1. what was the change made in tenancy law and its implications 2. what are the gender issues- since women are playing a leading role 3. have any land been distributed to women and if so what has been the dialogue within the movement
      greetings, meera  
       

      To: socialist_pakistan_news@yahoogroups.com
      From: wwhlpk@...
      Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2011 19:48:01 -0700
      Subject: (SPN) Okara women struggle for land rights [14 Attachments]

       
      [Attachment(s) from Women Workers Help Line included below]

      Dear all,

      Women are playing a leading role in the struggle for land ownership at Okara and other areas. They have led several struggles to fight the Military farms administration. 

      At Kulyana Military Estate, in 2009, while three peasant leaders were killed by the goons of the military officers, over 20 women were injured fighting along. It led to a point where some of the military officers left their land to safe their lives from the anger of the peasants. That land was distributed by Anjaman Mozareen Punjab Kulyana estate. Land less peasant women got the priority and they were the first one to get the land, showing glimpse of the future of this movement.

      Never before, so many women came to attend any gathering as they did on 6th April. 

      Please find attached some picture of peasant women participation on 6th April at Kulayan Military Estate Okara on the occasion of the second death anniversary of three peasant leaders. 

      Over 2000 peasant women participated in this massive convention attend by over 10,000. It was one of the largest gatherings of the peasants this year in Pakistan. The tenants of Okara are fighting for land rights since 2000. General Musharaf tried to kick them out but failed miserably because of the fierce resistance put up by these tenants. Women took the lead at the time. 

      Benazhir Bhutto and Mian Nawaz Sharif, both had promised at the time that if they come into power, thy will award land rights to the tenants. The tenants are working on these lands for over 100 years. This promise is not yet fulfilled  and the movement still goes on. 

      Women Workers Help Line has been assisting this movement for long time along with other social movements and organisations. On 6th April 2011, four women were among the 10 main speakers at the peasant convention. Bushra Khaliq member federal committee Labour Party Pakistan, Nazli javed of Labour Education Foundation, Badaru Nisa of Anjaman Mozareen Punjab Okara and myself as general secretary Women Workers help Line spoke on the occasion and got very good response. 

      We spoke of equal land rights for peasant women, against domestic violence and lead role of women in the struggle for land rights. 

      The AMP, organizers of the event have given a deaf line of 14th August 2011 for the acceptance of the demands and warned the government if they failed to implement their promises, we will have no option but to march to Lahore and picket line the chief ministerhome at Raiwaind. 

      In solidarity,


      Riffat Maqsood
      General Secretary
      Women Workers Help Line
      25/A Davis Road,Lahore,Pakistan.
      Ph: 092-42-6363915
      fax: 092-42-6363944
      E-mail: wwhlpk@...




    • ashok.chowdhury@gmail.com
      Dear Comrade Riffat Maqsood, Greetings and our congratulation to all the members of Anjaman Mozareen Punjab Kulyana estate and also to you and other comrades
      Message 3 of 3 , Jul 6 4:15 AM
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        Dear Comrade Riffat Maqsood,
                                                            Greetings and our congratulation to all the members of Anjaman Mozareen Punjab Kulyana estate and also to you and other comrades of Women Workers' Helpline for this victory.Please send us the details of the struggle and the process. We would like to publish in our magazine and also in other news network.
        Yors comradely
        Ashok Choudhary 

        On Wed, Jul 4, 2012 at 10:01 AM, Meera Velayudhan <meera_velayudhan@...> wrote:
         

        please could you send updates on okara. 1. what was the change made in tenancy law and its implications 2. what are the gender issues- since women are playing a leading role 3. have any land been distributed to women and if so what has been the dialogue within the movement
        greetings, meera  
         

        To: socialist_pakistan_news@yahoogroups.com
        From: wwhlpk@...
        Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2011 19:48:01 -0700
        Subject: (SPN) Okara women struggle for land rights [14 Attachments]

         
        [Attachment(s) from Women Workers Help Line included below]

        Dear all,

        Women are playing a leading role in the struggle for land ownership at Okara and other areas. They have led several struggles to fight the Military farms administration. 

        At Kulyana Military Estate, in 2009, while three peasant leaders were killed by the goons of the military officers, over 20 women were injured fighting along. It led to a point where some of the military officers left their land to safe their lives from the anger of the peasants. That land was distributed by Anjaman Mozareen Punjab Kulyana estate. Land less peasant women got the priority and they were the first one to get the land, showing glimpse of the future of this movement.

        Never before, so many women came to attend any gathering as they did on 6th April. 

        Please find attached some picture of peasant women participation on 6th April at Kulayan Military Estate Okara on the occasion of the second death anniversary of three peasant leaders. 

        Over 2000 peasant women participated in this massive convention attend by over 10,000. It was one of the largest gatherings of the peasants this year in Pakistan. The tenants of Okara are fighting for land rights since 2000. General Musharaf tried to kick them out but failed miserably because of the fierce resistance put up by these tenants. Women took the lead at the time. 

        Benazhir Bhutto and Mian Nawaz Sharif, both had promised at the time that if they come into power, thy will award land rights to the tenants. The tenants are working on these lands for over 100 years. This promise is not yet fulfilled  and the movement still goes on. 

        Women Workers Help Line has been assisting this movement for long time along with other social movements and organisations. On 6th April 2011, four women were among the 10 main speakers at the peasant convention. Bushra Khaliq member federal committee Labour Party Pakistan, Nazli javed of Labour Education Foundation, Badaru Nisa of Anjaman Mozareen Punjab Okara and myself as general secretary Women Workers help Line spoke on the occasion and got very good response. 

        We spoke of equal land rights for peasant women, against domestic violence and lead role of women in the struggle for land rights. 

        The AMP, organizers of the event have given a deaf line of 14th August 2011 for the acceptance of the demands and warned the government if they failed to implement their promises, we will have no option but to march to Lahore and picket line the chief ministerhome at Raiwaind. 

        In solidarity,


        Riffat Maqsood
        General Secretary
        Women Workers Help Line
        25/A Davis Road,Lahore,Pakistan.
        Ph: 092-42-6363915
        fax: 092-42-6363944
        E-mail: wwhlpk@...







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