Sahiyar, An organisation by women and for women.
"A space for women to share
their joys and sorrows,
hopes and despair,
aspirations and experiences"
Sahiyar began as an initiative of a group of students from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in 1984. As students from various faculties, we were conscious of the secondary status of women through our experiences as women at home and in the public sphere. The emergence of the autonomous women’s movement in the country had a great impact on us. It strengthened our urge to start a women’s organisation in Baroda.
We live in an unequal society. Economic, social, religious, cultural and gender-based inequalities affect all women but they have the most serious impact on Dalit, working-class & minority women, who also face marginalisation due to their caste and class & community.
Gender-based inequalities have becomes deep-rooted in our society. Inequality, oppression and exploitation of women do not originate from the biological differences between men and women but from the cultural values and socio- economic structures of a society. They are not natural. Human beings have created them. We can eradicate these inequalities only if all people, irrespective of their gender, participate in the movement for social change.
Sahiyar is an organisation by women, for women. Women make all the decisions at Sahiyar. We also welcome and receive valuable support from gender sensitive males.