Mangalore, Jan 20: Mangalore based activist and freelance journalist Shahida Aslam has been unanimously elected as the new president of National Women’s Front. She was the Karnataka state unit president of the organisation.
The announcement was made at the third national general council of the organization that was held on Sunday at Malabar House, Puttanathani in Kerala.
Ms Aslam, who holds a master degree in mass communication and journalism, is a freelance journalist from Mangalore. She was part of the editorial board of Prastutha, a Mangalore based Kannada fortnightly. She also had worked for a women's monthly magazine. She was also an office bearer of Karnataka women writers' forum. She presented a paper titled ‘Muslim women in public space’ at an international conference organised at Calicut by institute of Objective Studies, Delhi. She had also worked as a member of several fact finding teams for human rights organisation and women’s rights organisation.
Alima Fathima from Tamil Nadu and Fareeda Hasan from Kerala have been chosen as the vice president and general secretary of the NWF respectively.
The council started with the introduction by the National President Shahida Tasnim. She stated “The last two years of the organization were the years of growth. We were successful in reaching new places and setting state committees in Goa and Andhra Pradesh. The organization also received good response from women activists from Delhi which has encouraged us to take our movement to the northern part of India in the coming term”.
The leadership oath to the president was given by the returning officer, later the newly elected president pronounced the oath to the newly elected office bearers and national committee member. The programme concluded with the valedictory speech of the newly elected president Ms Aslam, who motivated the members to put in more efforts for the protection of rights and social justice.
The general elected a 13 member National Committee and also the new office bearers. The new leadership is as below:
1. Shahida Aslam Karnataka – President
2. Alima Fathima Tamil Nadu – Vice President
3. Fareeda Hasan Kerala – General Secretary
4. Shifa Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu – Secretary
5. Shahida Tasnim, Karnataka – Treasurer
6. Zainaba Ali, Kerala – National Committee Member
7. Asiya Maryam, Tamil Nadu - National Committee Member
8. Nousheera Karnataka - National Committee Member
9. Atiya Firdos, Delhi - National Committee Member
10. Shareena Najib, Kerala - National Committee Member
11. Habeeba Usman, Kerala - National Committee Member
12. Rehana, Goa - National Committee Member
13. Safiya Erode, Tamil Nadu - National Committee Member
The following resolutions were passed by the national general council:
1. Provide security, justice and rehabilitation to Muzaffarnagar riot victims: The NGC of NWF demanded the immediate rehabilitation and adequate protection of the riot victims of Muzaffarnagar. The government failed to attend the basic needs of the people displaced from their homes and native villages. The NGC strongly believes that rehabilitating the families thrown out of their native villages along with providing security to their lives and properties is the primary task the government has to fulfil. The NGC demands the UP government to take immediate steps to solve the humanitarian crisis and fulfill is promises.
2. Pass the Communal Violence Bill in the upcoming parliament session: The country has been infected by the deadly virus of communalism since independence. This inturn resulted in various communal riots which has caused an extreme loss to the country and especially to the Muslim community. After every riots the culprits go scot free and no legal action is taken on them. Such negligence by the law authorities has only increases the confidence of the communal fascist forces. The demand for the communal violence bill is a long pending demand which has only seen promises but no actions. The NGC of NWF demands that the government immediately brings into effect a powerful communal violence bill in the upcoming lok sabha session and take quick steps for its implementation.
3. Take immediate steps for protection of women: Since the past few years the issue of rapes has come to the national attention. It is a tragedy that even after so much discussion happening about this issue the government and police has failed miserably to protect the women from such heinous crimes. Every day we see a new incident happening in almost all the cities of country. The cases happening to women from rural and tribal areas not even reported. The NGC of NWF strongly demands the central and state governments to take the issue very seriously and give top priority to the protection of women.