Irom Chanu Sharmila, termed as the Iron lady of Manipur, has to this day made several headlines for her 16-year long hunger strike against the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act. Her story is touted as that of a selfless fighter and is often considered as powerful as the influences by legendary personalities in the past and present. However, her fight against the state lends not just a lesson in persistence but also one that reflects the need for a collective effort to bring about change.
Streedom is an Asiaville series that traces the life of badass women of the past and present who shattered the glass ceiling regardless of what the naysayers said. The firebrand fighters who picked up the sword, both figuratively and literally, for the betterment of all. We here pan the spotlight on their life, contributions and valour, foregrounding how they craved their mark in a world that might not be perfectly carved for them.
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