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    I remember the Bangladesh War of Liberation. To most of us in India it felt as if we were fighting the war. I remember marching on the streets with my school friends singing Nazrool songs and collecting money for the war fund in little tin boxes. When victory came in 1971, we had sent letters to school children in Dhaka congratulating them on the birth of their new country.

    Twenty five years later in Melbourne, I spend an evening with diaspora Bangladeshis. We celebrate the silver jubilee of 'victory day'. Little children on the stage sing the protest songs of my childhood.

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    Narigrantha Prabartana

    The woman sitting next to me shares her memories with me and we talk about another war. The ongoing war against poverty, against environmental degradation and against multinationals trying to market 'development' in our countries. We talk about Farida Akhter and Taslima Nasreen, about Norplant, Tangail saris and different ways of cooking fish.

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    WOMEN FOR WOMEN

    It was her lead that took me to Women for Women, the feminist organisation based in Dhaka which is also active in the field of publishing.

    Women for Women was established in 1973 with the objective of promoting gender equity. It conducts research studies on various women's issues and publishes the findings. It has also published the works of some 'lost' women writers.

    Women For Women can be contacted at:

    15 Green Square

    Green Road

    DHAKA 1205

    BANGLADESH

    Tel:(880)-2-50-37-94

    Fax:(880)-2-813010

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