Dalit women breaking stereotypes

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Savita Devi is leading a group of 10 Dalit (formerly known as untouchable) women who have broken stereotypes by coming together to form a drum band. Published on BBC on October 2, 2017.

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Performances by drum bands have been part of an old tradition at various ceremonies, but it’s a profession almost completely dominated by men. These courageous women live in a small village in the north-eastern state Bihar where they labour alongside men on the farm.

BBC’s Divya Arya met with them as part of the 100 Women season *) to find out how drumming has changed their life.

…we didn’t back down.
We said that even if people complain, we’ll do it.

(Filmed by Deepak Jasrotia, edited by Prem Boominathan)

BBC 100 Women names 100 influential and inspirational women around the world every year. In 2017, BBC challenges them to tackle four of the biggest problems facing women today – the glass ceiling, female illiteracy, harassment in public spaces and sexism in sport.


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