When Urban Women Meet Mountain Women of Munsiyari
Nine women from across the country have set out for one of the most adventurous and life-altering trips of their lives. They started from Delhi on Saturday for a small village of Munsiyari near Pithoragarh district in Uttarakhand. It takes about 10 hours of car-ride from Haldwani, Uttarakhand to reach the terrains of Munsiyari which is about 2,300 metres above sea level and oversees the beautiful Panchachuli snow-capped mountains.
Women from the Mountains
The women of Munsiyari lead a simple life but they are enterprising, strong and multi-taskers who manage several jobs in the same 24 hours that we all are bestowed with. These women are the key farmers of Munsiyari who grow their own vegetables and fruits to eat, they also knit clothes and run homestays. What is quite unique to these women is that they work in a huge group of which some women meet every day to discuss the course of everybody’s journey. Mallika, who came to Munsiyari about 25 years ago from Delhi and settled here helps these women in solving their day-to-day problems and bring more innovations here. She is the head of Van Panchayat of Munsiyari.
Women from the cities
A group of nine women from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds from all over the country decided to embark on this journey to meet, spend time, and collaborate with the women of Munsiyari. 50-year-old Deval, from Dubai, works as a professor at Amity University, Deval came all the way to experience something different. She is also one of the most enthusiastic women who doesn’t flinch from experiencing new things. There is also a mother-daughter duo of Uma and Sapna, who are entrepreneur and photographer respectively. Originally from Chennai and settled in Bangalore, they have travelled to many places together for work and for fun. Three engineers all from Bangalore, a lawyer from Mumbai, an entrepreneur in finance and a professional working with Tata Trust from Delhi have come to relax by the mountains and learn in the process of this trip.
Each woman brings with her a unique personality and a wish to connect with the women from the village. They want to share their perspective and learn from the women of the mountains as to how they lead their lives in apparently hard conditions, their challenges and their journeys.
What will they do
As unique as it may sound, all the women collectively, in the course of the week that they spend here, will talk about their body and the politics of it. They will also strike a dialogue around gender, their physical strength in comparison to one another and their mental strength through various activities that they partake in along with Munsiyari women. These sessions will bring together women who have come from various parts and have discussions about the diversity in the way that they think of these aspects.
This is an all-women tour led by Antara Chatterjee, founder of Little Local in collaboration with SheThePeople.TV