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Working for Just Salt (India)

 

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Working for Just Salt
Tuticorin, India. 2007-2008. Digital.

India is one of the top salt producing countries in the world, exporting approximately 2.5 million tons of salt to more than 35 countries. Salt mining is incredibly grueling work, and women are a large part of the workforce. Indeed, many of the mining companies exploit their workers, providing them with zero safety measures and inhumane wages. Though women dominate the industry, they are still paid less than men with similar positions. Due to the nature of the environment, the workers often suffer from exposure to saline and get occupational illnesses such as vision impairment and/or blindness. Many of the women workers are from low social and economic castes, and the stories of suffering women laborers remain largely untold. However, some organizations are working to correct the wrongs against salt miners, including Gantar, an NGO that offers education to salt pan workers' children, and the Self-Employed Women's Association, a trade union based in India that advocates for women in the unprotected labor force, including those in the salt mines.


About the Artist Selvaprakash Lakshmanan is from Tirunelveli, India, and received his Masters in Communication from Manonmaniam Sundaranar University in India. He started his career as a photographer for Dinamalar. He received the Robert Bosch Art Grant in 2009, and exhibited in the PourIInstant 15th Young Visual Artist Residency Programme in Niort, France. He is now working as a photographer for DNA, Bangalore.


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Comments (10)


sward
sward
United States

Amazing - I love the tones!

Susmita Barua
Susmita Barua
United States

Beautiful image of strong women! A Women's Salt March for better wage and work environment in the tradition of Gandhi's Salt March would be a good step in right direction.

i love these photographs!

Its incredible!!!! Awesome!!!!

Sharief
Sharief
India

Awesome

Beautifully meant!!

Brilliance !

anjelika
anjelika
United States

amazing photographs. thank you for sharing this story.

IMOW Team
IMOW Team
United States

Congratulations to Selvaprakash Lakshmanan, who won the Picturing Power & Potential Community Choice Award on June 19, 2010!

Lene Bennike
Lene Bennike
Denmark

Remarkable women and photographs



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