Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2004
This description of Sikha Roy's work was prepared when Sikha Roy was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2004.
In the countryside of West Bengal, where arid conditions and landlessness combine to cause hunger and exacerbate attendant problems, Sikha Roy is organizing women who are daily-wage earners to exercise a legal right over unused land and then to farm it appropriately. With produce of their own, the women can feed their families, escape the manifold abuses they are exposed to as laborers, and stay close to their children and loved ones, thereby bringing new life to their villages.
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