Several women leaders who took a stand, spoke over the whole last year, as both young and old men had set off to Delhi and other places to stand up against the laws, back home whereas a lot of invisible force had held up the other end- their mothers, wives, daughters, and daughters-in-law who had worked in the fields and did it for the families. Yet, there were many women who took the stand and decided to join the protest and even led the protest from the front.
Malan Kaur (70 years old)
She is the General Secretary of the women’s wing of BKU Ugrahan in Bathinda district. She has never been to school and stated that it was her son’s teacher who motivated her son and later spoke to her to take a stand for the farmers and their rights. Since 2004, Kaur has been actively a part of the women’s wing.
She was 60 when she first spoke on a stage. Since then, she has been motivating several women in Bathinda to step out of their houses. “I cannot read or write so I listen to recorded videos or ask my daughters-in-law to read out to me. That’s how I learned more about the farm laws.”
Jasbir Kaur Natt (60 years old)
She is a state committee member of the Punjab Kisan Morcha, she has been managing the stage since the first week of December last year at the Tikri border.
Jasbir, who retired as a clerk from the electricity board stated, “I have been at Tikri all these days and went home only once to see my sick mother.”
Harinder Kaur Bindu (42 years old)
She is the vice-president of the BKU Ugrahan. She is from the village Ramgarh Bhagatuana in Faridkot district of Punjab has been associated with the farmer union for over more than 16 years. She says, “I am a farmer, a mother, a daughter. But since June 2020, I have had just one purpose: getting the farm laws revoked. My teenage son came once to meet me at the Tikri border. I miss them. But you need to make some sacrifices to set an example for others.”
Balbir Kaur Sidhu (40 years old)
She is a practicing advocate who oversees BKU Dakaunda’s Mansa unit. “Women were not very active and farmer unions hardly had any women’s wings. I joined BKU Dakaunda in 2010. Today, most of the villages in Mansa have women’s wings of farm unions. I was able to mobilize a number of women to step out of their homes and travel to Delhi to protest. Many of them also lead morchas in Punjab. Our hard work has paid off.”
Surjit Kaur Aklia (75 Years Old)
She is a member of the Mansa unit of BKU Dakaunda. She is from Aklia village in Mansa which is a part of the langar committee at Singhu. She, who spoke for the first time on a mic during the protest at Delhi says, “My sons are both farmers. I stayed in Delhi for 70 days and came home only on March 7. After that, I kept going for shorter durations.” She also stated, “I have never been to school and didn’t think I would be able to do this. I got this strength after this struggle started.”