Lakhs of women from across Kerala formed a 620-km state-sponsored ‘Vanitha Mathil’ or ‘Women’s Wall’ today to endorse gender equality and social reforms. The ruling CPI(M) party is organising the event, along with over 176 other socio-political organisations, including the CPI, Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam (SNDP) and Kerala Pulayar Maha Sabha (KPMS), as per reports.

While health Minister KK Shylaja is likely to be present at the starting point of the women’s wall in Kasaragod, Politburo member Brinda Karat will be at the concluding point in Thiruvananthapuram.

The ‘Vanitha Mathil’ or Women’s Wall

Formed entirely by women, a human chain was formed from Kasaragod district in northern Kerala to Thiruvananthapuram in the south. Women from all walks of society are participating in this event. The wall is said to be formed by the side of the national highways across all 14 districts.

The participants will be taking a pledge to strengthen and honour the renaissance values that marked the Kerala’s reform movement. The wall is supposed to stand for about half an hour before dispersing.

While political parties and religious institutions are constantly hustling to make their mark and establish their agendas, the women today stand together – shoulder to shoulder – to demand their right to an equal space and opportunity, everywhere

Most women leaders and workers of all LDF constituents – the CPI(M) and the CPI – are participating in the event. Female leaders of CPM-allies like NCP, LJD, INL, JD(S) are also likely to take part in the event, as per reports. Various other organisations and community representatives are also taking part in the event.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran and Finance Minister TM Thomas Isaac also marked their presence in the event in Thiruvananthapuram. Women actors across Kerala also gathered to support the Women’s Wall. Actors like Parvathi, Rima Kaling, Nina Kurup, Mala Parvathy and Sajitha Madathil are likely to mark their presence for the programme.

The idea of this women’s wall took shape amid the events surrounding the Sabarimala shrine in Kerala. The Supreme Court order, which allowed women of all ages to enter the temple, led to a sharp rift between Kerala’s several political parties. While the CPM took a stand favouring the court verdict, other parties argued that the age-old temple traditions must be respected and followed.

Featured image credit: The Indian Express

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