Bangladesh Kishani Sabha

Bangladesh Kishani Sabha (BKS) officially came into existence in 1990, through a conference held in Dhaka. It is the female dimension of the farmer’s community in Bangladesh. In the landless movement, Kishani Sabha has played a heroic leading role and the members of this organization have been the main force in protecting the occupied land.

Kishani Sabha has 14 major demands that have inspired women to struggle. These are:

1. To establish social, political, and economic emancipation and democratic rights of peasant women, along with all toiling women.

2. To free women from domestic slavery and establish equal rights in all spheres of life for men and women.

3. To establish monogamy on the basis of equal rights of men and women in marriage.

4. To get rid of economic slavery (on the basis of equality) of married life of women through the participation of both men and women in social production.

5. To abolish the existence of the present master-slave relationship between men and women.

6. To abolish the discriminatory inheritance system of property between sons and daughters.

7. To establish equal rights of men and women on the property achieved with the joint efforts of husband and wife in married life, and to equally distribute all the moveable and immovable properties achieved in married life among husband and wife after divorce.

8. To free all women from illiteracy, fanaticism, superstition, blind beliefs and ugly custom.

9. To free all women for ever from the curse of the dowry system.

10. To ensure food, clothing, shelter, work, education and medical care for all women.

11. To establish just rights for men and women against bureaucratic and social bribes, corruption, oppression and injustice.

12. To ensure the participation of women in all spheres of social and state life, to struggle for subsistence wages and to abolish the discriminatory wage system for men and women.

13. To cancel the existing communal inheritance property system and to cancel the existing deprivatory act for women in Hindu community and to legal provision in order to give assurance for equal rights and dignity to them.

14. To introduce the custom of doing everything equally in terms of family and married life activities.

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