//Illiterate woman to address UN seminar on development

Illiterate woman to address UN seminar on development

Patna: A poor and illiterate Dalit woman from Bihar has been selected to represent India at an international UN-sponsored seminar to share her experiences of livelihood and development.

Girija Devi, a mother of four children in her late 40s, from Chipulia village in east Champaran district will attend the meet in New York Feb 27. She belongs to the poor Dalit community of Musahars that is known to eat rats for survival.

She will address the seminar on "Women Environment and Development Organisation" in Bhojpuri as she does not know either Hindi or English. She is the first rustic woman from Bihar and fifth from India to participate in a UN seminar. She has been invited for her work on empowerment of disadvantaged sections of society, particularly women and her anti-liquor drive in rural areas. She is credited for making her village free from liquor. "She single-handedly started a campaign against liquor traders and forced men of her community to end their drinking habits," said a district official.

Last year, two Dalit women from Madhuban district – Tiliya Devi and Amrica Devi – were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 200