It is estimated that one-third of the world’s poor live in India, with the largest portion isolated in rural areas. On behalf of the Social Justice Fund, Unifor’s Niki Lundquist is near Chittoor, India to witness the frontline humanitarian work of Sahanivasa, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering the rural poor.
Sahanivasa’s projects focus on issues of caste, class, gender and human rights with an emphasis on political and agricultural sovereignty for marginalized groups.
As a human rights and workers' rights lawyer Lundquist journeyed to the fields to spend time with local agricultural workers and obtain first-hand accounts of their experiences with violence, discrimination, and bonded labour. She also had the opportunity to observe grassroots union meetings, and learn about the fight for compensation after a local fishing village lost work to the building of a new, privately-owned harbour.
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