When the state of Madhya Pradesh, India closed the gates of the Omkareshwar dam, flooding dozens of villages, the women of Gunjari village refused to move from their homes until they got proper compensation for the destruction of their property and livelihoods. The struggle waged by the women of the Narmada valley demonstrates how women actively refuse to be victims of state and patriarchal violence, demanding liberation for themselves and for the river ecosystems that have sustained their community for thousands of years.