Community Correspondents

Usha Patel

Usha Patel

Usha Patel primarily reports on issues related to land, worker, and women’s rights Usha Patel is from Ganeshpur village in Bharsatti, Jaunpur. Despite the region’s poverty, Usha has a deep belief that solutions can be found to the challenges. Since a young age, Usha has witnessed injustices that could be easily eliminated. She was first driven to act on the issue of landlessness. Many of her neighbors are landless, but the primary economic opportunities of the region lie in agriculture. Their situation forced them to work as laborers at exploitative rates. The government never pushed for adequate workers’ rights. Usha used journalism to expose this failure and to call for a response. Usha believes that journalism is a crucial tool to make the government more accountable in areas related to citizen rights. Usha is committed to assisting her community in overcoming issues of exploitation, discrimination, and violence against women. When instances of domestic violence occur in the village, survivors are often afraid that they will be re-victimized if they attempt to access justice. Usha works to mobilize citizens when an injustice occurs. When a woman experienced domestic violence, Usha organized women in the community to report the case to the police superintendent. Usha believes that informative reporting can increase citizens’ knowledge of their rights and that it can be a tool for mobilization. It can also increase pressure for fair justice systems. Usha’s reporting for VV primarily focuses on women’s rights, corruption, access to justice and accountable government programs, and land and worker rights. She believes that mainstream media must be diversified to represent issues of marginalized communities.

Videos from Usha

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Family Planning: Only a Woman’s Responsibility?

 
/ November 21, 2017

New government measures claim to increase the contraceptive choices given to women, but they still put the responsibility of contraception on women.

Silence, Shame and Stigma around Menstruation

 
/ December 14, 2016

The first period can be scary and confusing. But coupled with deep-seated taboos around menstrual impurity, it can become a harrowing experience. Four women of different ages from rural Uttar Pradesh share their experiences of menstruation and the stigma. These experiences surprisingly are very similar to the ones shared by...

Oppression of the Veil

 
/ December 23, 2016

“I don’t like it, But I am forced to do it…[t]here’s a lot of pressure to veil myself”. This video examines how women’s choices and their voices are repeatedly nulified under patriarchal oppression in the garb of tradition.   The video reveals women performing hard labour like fetching water and...

Silence, Shame and Stigma around Menstruation

 
/ December 14, 2016

The first period can be scary and confusing. But coupled with deep-seated taboos around menstrual impurity, it can become a harrowing experience. Four women of different ages from rural Uttar Pradesh share their experiences of menstruation and the stigma. These experiences surprisingly are very similar to the ones shared by...