Women

The women in the tribal community, as in other communities, constitutehalf of the tribal population. The well-being of the tribal community, as thatof any other community, depends importantly on the status of their women.The popular image and perception of the tribal women is that of beingbetter off than their non-tribal counterparts. There is no child marriage, nostigma on widowhood. She enjoys the right to decide about her marriage,etc. Instead of dowry there is bride price indicating high social status of thetribal woman. A tribal woman can divorce and remarry easily. She earnsand is, therefore, to a great extent economically sound and viable.However there is other side of the story too. Tribal women play seven roles in their life and work: parental, conjugal, domestic, kin, occupational, community and as an individual. They work very hard, and in some cases even more than the men.Adivasi/tribal women are disproportionately experiencing systemicdiscrimination and injustice. They are over represented amongst thepoorest of the poor, have lesser access to health and education services,opportunities for decent jobs and livelihoods.Further, they remain most vulnerable to all forms of violence including domestic violence, rape and sexual assaults, trafficking, witch-huntingamong others. State machineries are not addressing the increasing incidentsof such violence against indigenous women. Thousands of victims are notgiven justice, inspite of the existence of laws and measures for theprotection of women against acts of violence and abuse.