Women and youth protests revert land dispossession by the State
Location: Mandal-Becharaji region, Gujarat, India
Principal organisations: MARAG
In September 2012, the Government of Gujarat announced the creation of the Mandal Becharaji Special Investment Region (MB SIR). By covering 44 agricultural villages, the project would have caused the loss of livelihood to 60,000 people dependent on land. Two civil society organisations joined forces to alert the affected communities. Pressed by 100 days of unrelenting mobilization, the Government of Gujarat eventually withdrew 36 villages from the MB SIR. The case highlights the crucial role of women and youth in land rights struggles.
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