India’s Gulabi Gang – A Community Effort for All

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Sampat Pal is an unlikely hero. She is a single mother of five, born to a poor and conservative family of Indian farmers and was able to undergo only basic formal education during her youth. Pal´s experiences, combined with her refusal to submit to an oppressive and abusive system, led her to develop a unique voice as an activist. Yet she is the founder of one of India’s most successful social movement, known as the Gulabi Gang, or Pink Gang, after the traditional pink saris worn by its members. Their goals and initiatives are determined by the community members themselves, rather then outside experts. Some of the daily issues are marital disputes, women’s illiteracy or local government corruption. With new members continuously joining its ranks, the Gulabi Gang has slowly become a mass social movement.

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