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A small act of revolt by revolutionary women in the hills of Uttarakhand than transformed into an institution of glory for the state

Equal employment opportunities for women has always been a matter of major national concern in India. And this concern is aggravated when we talk about the hills, especially the regions of Uttarakhand. Traditionally, women in the hills are not allowed to work except for household chores. The routine household work of a woman in the hills begins at 4 am and ends at 11 pm which involves farming, cooking, cleaning, taking care of the kids, etc. At best, a few go for MNREGA work. This kind of set up never allowed women to enjoy higher social status. They could not speak up for any social issue or voice their opinions, neither did they have any financial power in domestic matters. There was a need for a push through a few women who were better informed and could take the courageous initiative to step out of this mundane lifestyle.

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