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Jerry Lockspeiser Award for project on gender justice

13 September 2022
Abdul Kalam Azad has received the Jerry Lockspeiser Award for Social Justice, granted by the Centre for Applied Human Rights of the University of York, for his project on gender Justice.

For his project on gender justice among women living in India’s river islands in Assam, Abdul Kalam Azad has received the Jerry Lockspeiser Award for Social Justice. The €7000 grant was awarded by an independent panel of experts and administered by Center for Applied Human Rights at the University of York. 

Abdul’s project aims to empower a group of char-chapori women artisans with skills and capacities to build resilience to adverse impact of climate change, and fights against structural gender-based violence, like child marriage, domestic violence and state sponsored persecution, for example through citizenship deprivation.

The Centre for Applied Human Rights ate the University of York grants the Jerry Lockspeiser Awards for Social Justice since 2018. to projects on social justice, women’s empowerment and rights, and environment rights.

Women in India’s river islands in Assam

Along the banks of the Beki, a tributary of the Brahmaputra, lies Rupakuchi. In this island, locally known as a char, a group of women turned to a centuries-old Bengali craft: stitching khetas or patchwork quilts, with recycled cloth. Khetas are something the women make for their personal use, stuffing old sarees or even mosquitos nets into them.