Rural Journalists make a difference in remote villages in India

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An upper caste woman (left) serves tea to a Dalit midwife in a saucer meant for people of the Dalit caste, in a house where Video Volunteer videojournalist Niru J. Rathod, 24, is doing an interview on topics of caste discrimination in a remote village in Surendranagar, Gujarat, India on 14 December 2012. The last time Niru had come to their home, she was discriminated against and served tea in a saucer meant for lower castes. Now, after seeing the effects of her video activism, the family no longer discriminates against her. Niru, the 8th child in a family of 11 girls born to a Dalit construction worker, has been using videography for social change since 2006. She shoots and produces her own short documentaries and is a committed video activist, having conducted hundreds of village video screenings where she also speaks to thousands of men, shattering their ideas about what a woman and a Dalit can do while bringing massive changes to the communities she documents. Photo by Suzanne Lee / Marie Claire France