One of the
greatest shortcomings in the perception of our fight for Independence
is our consistent failure to recognise the role of women in our
Liberation War. In fact, the role of women is largely ignored, denied
and misconstrued in our mainstream history. Outside physical fighting
and exchange of gunshots, our liberation war has been a struggle
through which a united nation has asserted its aspiration for freedom.
Such wars are not fought only in the battlefields with guns. War
heroes include those women who have supported the valiant freedom
fighters with food, shelter, funds; who have nursed the wounded
and hid weapons risking their own lives. They also include those
who have willingly given their sons to war, who have lost their
loved ones and even worse been subjected to sexual abuse and still
survived to tell their stories.