Feminist icon Kamla Bhasin dies at 75 – loss for women’s movement

Kamla Bhasin has worked on development and gender issues.

New Delhi:

Women’s rights activist Kamla Bhasin, known to have been part of the “One Billion Rising” campaign in South Asia among other prominent movements, has died today. She was 75 years old. A renowned feminist and author, she had worked on issues related to gender, development, peace and human rights for more than three decades in India and other countries in South Asia.

Poet and author, who identified herself as a “trained social scientist”, she has written several books – many of them on feminism and women’s issues – since she began working on development issues in the 1970s.

Tributes and condolences poured into social media when news of his death broke. Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, activist Harsh Mander, among others, recalled Ms Bhasin in their messages.

Kamla Bhasin was not only a women’s rights activist but also a philanthropist who created and helped set up many public interest institutions like Jagori at HP & School for Democracy in Rajasthan. She will be sadly missed. . May his soul rest in peace (sic), “tweeted lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan.

“Absolutely shocked and saddened to learn that our dearest Kamla Bhasin is no longer with us. How generous she was with sharing hope, song and friendship. What an unparalleled ability she had to express feminist politics in a language even a child could understand, and change their mind. Not an iota of arrogance, always ready to take criticism and reflect, “wrote Kavita Krishnan, another activist who had worked with her .

Padmashree Prize winner Sunitha Krishnan wrote: “#KamalaBhasin Om Shanti! A great loss for the women’s movement!

“Kamla Bhasin was and always will be a beacon of feminist hope, her ideas and thoughts have helped shape me time and time again. And even if so, she will always be missed, but her words will guide young girls everywhere, to always, ”author Richa Singh tweeted.

“One Billion Rising,” a global campaign she was involved in, was launched about a decade ago with the goal of ending violence against women.

In 2017, Ms. Bhasin received the “Laadli Life Time Achievement Award” for her work.

She had also worked for the United Nations but quit her job to devote herself to her feminist network.