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The Right to Information
India's fight for democracy.

Brigitte Voykowitsch in conversation with Indian activist Aruna Roy

Mo, March 16, 2015, 19:00

C3 – Centrum für internationale Entwicklung, Sensengasse 3, 1090 Wien

Journalist and author Brigitte Voykowitsch talks with Indian activist Aruna Roy about her fight for a just and equal society and the Right to Information-movement, where women play a significant part – as peasants, as workers, as activists. Aruna Roy’s organization MKSSS - Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathana (Workers and Peasants Strength Union), a “non-party people’s organization” has successfully linked grassroots democracy to national development and has placed transparency and poverty alleviation on the national agenda. The evening points out fundamental challenges in the India of today and links it to underlying causes and modern politics.

Aruna Roy is an Indian social activist known for her efforts to fight corruption and promote government transparency. A supporter of the movement for public access to information, Roy was instrumental in the enactment of legislation in India guaranteeing the rights of citizens to scrutinize official records.

Brigitte Voykowitsch worked as foreign news editor (Der Standard) from 1991-2000, then she spent one year in London as foreign correspondent. Since 2001 she has been a freelance journalist and regular contributor to radio Ö1/ ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation). Brigitte Voykowitsch focuses on political and social developments, women and development issues; her main regional focus has been on South Asia, more recently also on Eastern Europe.