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Why caste matters: On Dowry deaths in Kerala

Why caste matters: On Dowry deaths in Kerala

by Karthika Jayakumar and Sivakami Recent events have coerced Keralites to reflect on the façade of progressiveness borne so proudly by the State. Lauded for its development experience, the continued prevalence of crimes like dowry deaths are reminders of the skewed power structures and deep-rooted patriarchy that has a stronghold here. The tipping point was on June 21, when 24-year-old[Read More…]

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Pornography: Studies And Activists Warn About Neglected Aspect of Violence Against Women

Pornography: Studies And Activists Warn About Neglected Aspect of Violence Against Women

            “ As a result of our efforts violence against women was decreasing in villages here. But ever since this new menace of ashlilta on phone ( porn available on mobile phone) became easily accessible, problems have been increasing. In fact things have come to such a pass that even some new marriages are breaking down as a result of[Read More…]

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#FreeBrittney and all Saudi Women too!

#FreeBrittney and all Saudi Women too!

By Ariel Gold and Medea Benjamin One week after Brittney Spears sent shockwaves across the world by relaying the conditions she has lived under for the past 13 years, a Los Angeles judge has denied her request to have her father removed from her conservatorship. Despite testifying that under her father’s care, she has not been allowed to marry, or[Read More…]

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Circa,modern day thoughtfulness

Circa,modern day thoughtfulness

This morning, I woke up to two beep sounds of my instagram notification the vibration felt like a thunderbolt ringing my lousy brain cells in bleak mid-dawn.  I immediately unlocked my phone, the notification panel was all jammed with posts on a trending campaign #notallmen. By the time I flipped my quilt, partially hanging on the edge of my bed[Read More…]

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures during a meeting of the UN Security Council at UN headquarters in New York, U.S., February 20, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

The Fumbling King of Palestine: Palestinians are Defeating the Oslo Culture

The political discourse of Mahmoud Abbas, the head of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, is similar to that of an ineffectual king who has been isolated in his palace for far too long. The king speaks of prosperity and peace, and tirelessly counts his innumerable achievements, while his people are dying of starvation outside and pointlessly begging for[Read More…]

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The Agency of ‘Left-Behind Women’ in Bihar

The Agency of ‘Left-Behind Women’ in Bihar

The prevailing perception about Bihari women in a sub-urban/ rural setting reduces the different dimensions of their persona into fossilised gender identities like ‘left-behind women’. In other words, they are mostly considered as the passive recipient of exploitative patriarchal actions in a traditional, patriarchal society of Bihar. However, a closer look at the society of Bihar would suggest that the[Read More…]

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Male child sexual abuse: A feminist agenda for research and action

Male child sexual abuse: A feminist agenda for research and action

Though child sexual abuse has been recognised and widely discussed as a social problem for more than last three decades, little is known about male child sexual abuse in India. Based on the feminist perspective and rights of girl children, the initial researches addressed the question of childhood sexual memories of female adults or experiences of girl children. As a[Read More…]

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Strengthening our Struggles through Zero Tolerance to Patriarchal Violence

Strengthening our Struggles through Zero Tolerance to Patriarchal Violence

Public Statement on the Sexual Assault and Abduction of a Young Woman Activist at Tikri Border We deeply mourn the death of a 26-year old activist from APDR (Sreerampur) in West Bengal, who passed away on 30th April, 2021 at Bahadurgarh in Haryana. She was deeply inspired by the farmers’ movement and had gone to express her solidarity at the[Read More…]

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Artist- Lali

Motherhood is a Choice Not compulsion

Mothers are most important person of everyone’s life. To appreciate her efforts and love, Mother’s Day is celebrated throughout the world on second Sunday of May. On this day, we   can see that social media is flooded with several posts in praise of mothers. Celebrating motherhood on Mother’s Day take us to a very important social issue.  We hardly care[Read More…]

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A Taste of Patriarchy in Speech: Language and Gender

A Taste of Patriarchy in Speech: Language and Gender

“Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.” Rita Mae Brown The words that we weave each day, with the flavour of our thoughts, become the defining factor of our individuality. It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that language is the flagship of human civilization, an[Read More…]

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Human Trafficking & Violence Against Naga Tribal Girls and Women in South India

Human Trafficking & Violence Against Naga Tribal Girls and Women in South India

Introduction Human trafficking is not only a modern day slavery but it is a gender-based violence which requires interventions from civil society, local community and law enforcement agency to address it. Trafficking is gender-based violence since it affects girls and women and it is also a human rights violation with major social and psychological impacts for trafficked survivors, their families[Read More…]

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Protests against Pakistan Prime Minister’s comment linking rape to how women dress

Protests against Pakistan Prime Minister’s comment linking rape to how women dress

Pakistan rights campaigners have accused the country’s Prime Minister Imran Khan of “baffling ignorance” after the former cricketer linked how women dress to cause a rise in rape cases. In a weekend interview on live television, Oxford-educated Imran Khan said an increase in rapes indicated the “consequences in any society where vulgarity is on the rise.” “The incidents of rape[Read More…]

Social Media & Women!

Social Media & Women!

Of late, a new importance is being accorded to “social media.” The so-called “social media” is allegedly playing an extremely negative role in spread of “socially-approved” abuses targeting weaker sections, particularly minorities and women. Now, is there really such a “social media” or this is just a hype? And aren’t we erring in according it a little too much importance?[Read More…]

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Turkey quits treaty on violence against women and transgender religious school opens in Pakistan

Turkey quits treaty on violence against women and transgender religious school opens in Pakistan

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has pulled Turkey out of an international accord designed to protect women, according to an official notice. The Council of Europe accord, better known as the Istanbul Convention, pledged to prevent, prosecute and eliminate domestic violence and promote equality. Turkey signed it in 2011, but femicide has surged there regardless in recent years. No reason was[Read More…]

Neoliberal Education and Free-market Feminism in India

Neoliberal Education and Free-market Feminism in India

In The German Ideology, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels stated: “The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas, i.e. the class which is the ruling material force of society, is at the same time its ruling intellectual force.” With the advent of neoliberalism, we have witnessed a process of ideological re-construction in which every attempt[Read More…]

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 Dowry, the Curse of Indian Society

 Dowry, the Curse of Indian Society

Written by Dr Md Afroz, Md Tabrez Alam Dowry in marriages is a curse for Indian society that has been haunting for a long time. This is a social curse, which has gone unchecked, though time and again it has tormented the people in general. It has become a routine affair that we come across news-reports on dowry deaths and[Read More…]

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Promoting Gender Equality and Rights of Women in India: A Study of CEDAW, MDGs and SDGs

Promoting Gender Equality and Rights of Women in India: A Study of CEDAW, MDGs and SDGs

 Introduction Though India had a distinction of electing a woman Prime Minister in 1966 (Mrs. Indira Gandhi) and an Indian (Mrs. Vijay Laxmi Pandit) became the first woman President of the UN General Assembly in 1953, the position of women in India is very low and their rights are rarely protected. Problems like dowry, sati or self-immolation of widows, child[Read More…]

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Status of Women in Islam

Status of Women in Islam

  In order to understand the edicts of a religion in an objective fashion, one has to look at the norms of the times the religion was offered. Islam was offered in a tribal-mercantile milieu. Women in the tribal age were treated as children, to be chastised when necessary. Islam, reflecting its mercantile face, eased their situation by ordaining that[Read More…]

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 Women protesting against the Farm Bills (Image for representative purpose)

Feminist Week of Resistance: Gender & Livelihoods: Farm & Labour Sectors

8th March, 2021: Through the Feminist Week of Resistance and Reflections (7th to 14th March), marking International Women’s Day and remembering Savitribai Phule, National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) is committed to amplifying the voices of women and persons of marginalized genders, speaking from the intersections of other diverse identities and social locations as well. On Day 1, we reflect[Read More…]

His Master’s Voice or His Mistress’s Voice- An Essay on Dog

His Master’s Voice or His Mistress’s Voice- An Essay on Dog

                            On the occasion of Women’s Day, it might appear surprising to see an essay on Dog. Believe me, I had no interest in dogs till some of my close ones started taking interest in some street dogs. And I have no idea when I too was[Read More…]

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The Horrible Dowry System and Its Wider Manifestation in India

The Horrible Dowry System and Its Wider Manifestation in India

Nearly 60 years have passed since the dowry abolition system legislation was passed in India but we still have the cruel reality of 20 dowry deaths a day in the country ( dowry killings, or women pushed by dowry related cruelty towards suicide). Each one of these deaths is a hugely tragic story, and it is being repeated 7000 times[Read More…]

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Your Honour/ My Lord – Women are Humans Too

Your Honour/ My Lord – Women are Humans Too

 ‘Enough is enough. Your words, scandalise and lower the authority of the Court…..Propriety demands that you step down from the post of CJI without a moment of delay” – An open to letter Chief Justice of India by 4000 Women Activists. Once, while teaching the batch of law graduates (a class where ratio of female students was higher), I came[Read More…]

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I Choose to challenge: Say No to Dowry

I Choose to challenge: Say No to Dowry

As we celebrate women’s Day every year with different themes this year theme is #chooseTochallenge so I #chooseTochallenge If marriage is a vehicle, where male and female are two equal wheels to reach the destiny of life together, if we give heavy load onto one wheel, it would surely get burst or lead to an accident damaging the whole vehicle[Read More…]

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To Be Empowered Is A Choice Than Fait Accompli….

To Be Empowered Is A Choice Than Fait Accompli….

Adam and Eve descended together on this planet. They coexisted and evolved through time, struggling for domination and power constantly. Then why, after thousands of years of cohabitation women are still waiting to be empowered by the gender which arrived at the same time as them. In the race of the two sexes, have women been left behind or to[Read More…]

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Violence against women in India has cultural aspect and need to be pondered over seriously

Violence against women in India has cultural aspect and need to be pondered over seriously

A man walks to the police station in Hardoi, Uttar Pradesh, with a severed head of his 17 years old daughter. He admitted openly that he disliked her relationship with another person. The poor girl did not have the option to ‘debate’ or discuss it with her father. This is not the first incident and cases after cases happening and[Read More…]

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CJI Bobde Must Step Down Now for Asking Rapist to Marry Victim, and Condoning Marital Rape!

CJI Bobde Must Step Down Now for Asking Rapist to Marry Victim, and Condoning Marital Rape!

Just days before International Women’s Day, 4000+ eminent and concerned citizens, women’s rights and progressive groups raise a strong collective voice Deeply distressed by the regressive statements of the CJI asking a rapist to marry the victim and condoning marital rape in court on 01 March 2021, over 4000+ concerned citizens, from representatives of India’s women’s movements, progressive groups and feminists,[Read More…]

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2 years of India’s #MeToo movement and its outcomes:  Realities of Power or Patriarchy  

2 years of India’s #MeToo movement and its outcomes:  Realities of Power or Patriarchy  

The court’s verdict in favour of Priya Ramani who was acquitted of defamation in #MeToo case must be acknowledged as a strong salutatory effect rather than a victory for India’s #MeToo movement as victim had to stand up in court as an accused. The outcomes of the India’s #MeToo movement after more than two years of its passage appear to[Read More…]

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 ‘Have a seat but shut up please’: Whither equality?

 ‘Have a seat but shut up please’: Whither equality?

‘Dumb dolls’ may soon be adorning board meetings of Japan’s ruling party. As per a news report, in response to criticisms that its board is dominated by men, Japan’s ruling conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has condescended to allow 5 female lawmakers to join its board meetings provided they keep their mouths shut and do not talk during the meetings.[Read More…]

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Religions, Female Virginity and Fidelity

Religions, Female Virginity and Fidelity

              Violence against women has been a universal phenomenon in the East and the West. In the West measures have been taken against it. They have met a certain degree of success. In the East and Africa, identification of the problem has just begun in the last two decades and little by way of effective measures against it has been done.[Read More…]

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Freedomwashing

Freedomwashing

We make equipment, we give it to our so-called allies[in the Middle East], who we don’t even know who the hell they are… 2,300 Humvees sent over. A couple of shots are fired and these guys run like a bunch of thieves, which they are. Our allies. Our allies. And ISIS picks up the weapons, the Humvees, the this. It’s[Read More…]

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Encroaching Identity

Encroaching Identity

During the hearing of the farmer movement, the Supreme Court expressed concern towards the elderly and women and asked them to withdraw from the movement which is revealing the court patriarchal mentality towards women as well as the movement.  Supreme court is directly trying to disturbed unity and organization of the movement. Chief justice of India said That “We do not[Read More…]

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Honor Killing – An Overview

Honor Killing – An Overview

Of all the evils spawned by the tribal/feudal society, honor killing is arguably the most heinous. Apologists try to equate it with “crime of passion” but crimes of passion are abrupt, unmediated, and impulsive acts of violence committed by persons who, in their own lights, have come face to face with an incident wholly repulsive and unacceptable, and who technically[Read More…]

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Handling An Acid Attack

Handling An Acid Attack

We discuss here the role of the victim and the people around IT IS VERY EASY TO MINIMISE THE DAMAGE! ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN BELOW LOOK TOO MANY AND TOO LONG! THEY ARE COMMON SENSE ASPECTS. IT IS EASY TO LEARN AND HANDLE. All of us should read so that we attend on the victim efficiently and save. In most[Read More…]

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 Women’s Woe: Masking Insidious Domestic Abuse under Covid-19 Crisis

 Women’s Woe: Masking Insidious Domestic Abuse under Covid-19 Crisis

Written by Divya Sharma & Dr Anita Banerjee Engulfing the globe under its grim, the unprecedented Corona Virus (COVID-19) has surprisingly shown an upsurge in domestic violence cases worldwide. India being the second most populous country has witnessed around 2.5 times spurt in domestic abuse cases since the nationwide lockdown in March 2020, which is the most prevalent form of[Read More…]

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Domestic Violence in India: Has anything changed?

Domestic Violence in India: Has anything changed?

While the entire nation went into a lockdown on March 25, 2020 in a fight against the novel coronavirus, not many could have foreseen that the lockdown would lead to a “shadow pandemic”. As per a recent report by India’s National Commission for Women (NCW), 587 domestic violence complaints had been lodged during March 23 – April 16 period, a[Read More…]

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Self-defense: A simple step towards ending violence against women

Self-defense: A simple step towards ending violence against women

Violence against women:             Violence against women (VAW) is one of the significant problems in the country. It is very underreported because of multiple personal and societal reasons like embarrassment, fear of retaliation, the family’s privacy, and victim-blaming issues by society [1]. According to a study conducted by WHO, at least 1 in 3 (~35%) women faced physical and/or sexual[Read More…]

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Haseena Hussain

Burnt, battered, and berated…but not defeated

Written by Abhishek Sethi, Suganda Sharma and Kunal Pant Shanti was 14 years old when she got married. Despite being an income provider for the family, her husband continuously harassed her and her family for dowry. She suffered the abuse for 14 years after which she decided to move out of her marital home with her children. Later, her husband apologized for[Read More…]

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Bollywood and the representation of Indian women in diaspora

Bollywood and the representation of Indian women in diaspora

The caricaturish representation of women through popular media have not only led to the lopsided knowledge production about women’s identity, it has also perpetuated and normalised their degraded representation, for global consumption. Popular media, specifically cinema has either directly normalised the act of representing women through the lenses of patriarchal social order or has indirectly glorified toxic masculine identity. If[Read More…]

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Criminalize Marital Rape in India: Marriage is not a License to Rape

Criminalize Marital Rape in India: Marriage is not a License to Rape

“When a stranger does it, he doesn’t know me, I don’t know him. He’s not doing it to me as a person, personally. With your husband, it becomes personal. You say, this man knows me. He knows my feelings. He knows me intimately and then to do this to me – it’s such a personal abuse.”1 Gravity of Domestic Violence[Read More…]

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Can Critical Pedagogy be a sustainable solution for sexual violence?

Can Critical Pedagogy be a sustainable solution for sexual violence?

In 2012, the spirit of India was violently shaken by the heinous Delhi gang rape. People took to the streets demanding justice for the girl we named Nirbhaya – “the fearless”. The Government amended the rape law bringing in a stricter, more formidable Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013 (Nirbhaya Act) on laws related to sexual offences. In 2019, according to[Read More…]

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Marital rape- Why still not a crime in India

Marital rape- Why still not a crime in India

To Indian ladies above 15: ‘Think before you marry’ – By section 375 exception 2 of IPC When I searched for the status of marital rape in India, the first link that popped up had content that was both bizarre as well as mind wobbling – ‘It says Section 375 of IPC considers the forced sex in marriages as a[Read More…]

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Analysis Of Backlashes Against Medical Termination Of Pregnancy Act 1971 – Can It Help Us Better Our MTP Act 2020?

Analysis Of Backlashes Against Medical Termination Of Pregnancy Act 1971 – Can It Help Us Better Our MTP Act 2020?

Abstract– As we come closer to new Termination Of Pregnancy Act  (MTP Act) 2020, a look at the MTP act 1971 can help us understand the importance of abortion laws in relation to women’s reproductive rights better. Unsafe abortions claim many lives in India even with such strong legislation. Can the MTP Bill 2020 with its increase time limit help[Read More…]

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Break the silence: Ending gender-based violence is a human rights imperative

Break the silence: Ending gender-based violence is a human rights imperative

“There is a global epidemic of violence against women – both within conflict zones and within societies at peace – and it is still treated as a lesser crime and lower priority” had said Angelina Jolie, actress and then UN Ambassador for refugees more than five years ago. With the onslaught of the pandemic and global public health emergency and[Read More…]

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HUMSAFAR: Liberating domestic violence survivors

HUMSAFAR: Liberating domestic violence survivors

  While traveling through Lucknow, one is bound to come across e-rickshaws and autorickshaws driven by women. The picture of women driving e-rickshaws/autorickshaw across Uttar Pradesh, a state notorious for patriarchy and crime against women, is bound to surprise onlookers. Behind this effort to create livelihood opportunities for women is HUMSAFAR, a Support Center set up for women in 2003[Read More…]

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Despite Legislative Acts, Basic  Healthcare Eludes the Transgender Community

Transgender health access has been widely neglected by governments and legislative bodies in India. While a bill is passed now and then to reaffirm action, the system has failed to tackle key issues that lead to the lack of healthcare utilization by transgender people. These issues have their roots in stigmatization and the resultant social and economic marginalization of the[Read More…]

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Why does the transgender community consider the Trans Persons Act, 2019 as the extermination of Gender Justice?

Why does the transgender community consider the Trans Persons Act, 2019 as the extermination of Gender Justice?

  © Reuters A trans individual’s fight for survival begins from their adolescence. Majority of them are relinquished by their families, denied formal schooling, and have severely confined access to employment opportunities. They are constrained into begging and sex work to make an earning. Additionally, there is a perennial verbal and sexual maltreatment in the community. Even quality medical care[Read More…]

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Critical Feminist Pedagogy: A Magic Bullet to End Patriarchy

Across ages, we have seen a persistent gender-based discrimination in India. This discrimination manifests in the form of gender-based violence (40% of women have experienced domestic violence), trafficking of women, sexual abuse (42% of girls have been sexually abused), etc. A low sex ratio also (940 females for 1000 males) indicates the prevalence of evil forms of patriarchy. India’s daughters[Read More…]

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The Transgender Community During The Pandemic: Outcomes Of Lack Of Policy, Inclusion And Affirmative Action

The Transgender Community During The Pandemic: Outcomes Of Lack Of Policy, Inclusion And Affirmative Action

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused hardships among people, and even more so, for the most marginalised groups in the society. At a time when even the more privileged groups began scouring stores for food and medicines, one could realize the plight of the transgender community seeking rations and medicines only to face discrimination and harassment. As always, shopkeepers sent them[Read More…]

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Two Years after the abrogation of section 377: a sneak-peak into the Ground reality

Two Years after the abrogation of section 377: a sneak-peak into the Ground reality

Touted as one of the biggest milestones in the movement by the LGBTQA community for equal rights, the abrogation of section 377 of the Indian penal code in 2018 by the Supreme Court was considered as a landmark judgment with an expectation that the situation of those people will considerably improve. However, even after 2 years of the judgement, the[Read More…]

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The Shadow Pandemic- Violence against women during COVID-19

The Shadow Pandemic- Violence against women during COVID-19

One in three women worldwide experience physical or sexual violence. Most of this violence is perpetrated by either their intimate partner or a relative. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic outbreak and the subsequent lockdown, the violence against women, especially domestic violence, has increased significantly. This is known as the Shadow Pandemic. With the reports of the second wave of the[Read More…]

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The Case of 23 years old Pikumoni: Who failed her?

The Case of 23 years old Pikumoni: Who failed her?

As the author penned down his thoughts on a very recent case of death on account of severe domestic violence of a twenty-three years old girl who was newly married and was carrying a baby of five and half years months in her womb at Sarulah village, Sualkuchi in rural Assam on 16 November, 2020, a peripheral location from the[Read More…]

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Women huddle over strategy to prevent sexual violence

Women huddle over strategy to prevent sexual violence

Historian Uma Chakravarti said there was cause for hope, as more young women were getting together and organizing, and the state apparatus appears to be reacting in some panic when a case of sexual violence is reported. She was commenting on the hurried cremation that the Uttar Pradesh police felt forced to give to the victim in Hathras, whose body[Read More…]

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Patriarchy’s Engines: Toxic Masculinity, Desire, Sexual Violence

Patriarchy’s Engines: Toxic Masculinity, Desire, Sexual Violence

Prefatory Note Before I begin with the issues that are properly the concern of this article, I would like to make some clarifications. Firstly, with this article, I would like to present my ideological and political stand on intellectual property, which, baldly put, is that it is not, and should not be treated as, property. Intellectual production takes place on[Read More…]

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Marriage is no child’s play

Marriage is no child’s play

According to a report by UNICEF, India is home to the largest number of child brides in the world, accounting for more than one third of the global total of 650 million women and girls who were married as children. Of the country’s current total of 223 million child brides, 102 million were married before turning 15. Despite a legal[Read More…]

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Widowhood revisited in a television drama

Widowhood revisited in a television drama

During recent Durga Puja celebrations, RTV drama special titled Shada Megher Mon (A silver lining in the cloud), revisited the widowhood of a young woman in the context of Bangladesh since independence. Though some of the key components of the television are changing, it is still perceived as a social medium. Television always plays a social function as viewing of[Read More…]

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Women Are Vulnerably ‘Locked Down’ Amid The Pandemonium Of Global Pandemic

Women Are Vulnerably ‘Locked Down’ Amid The Pandemonium Of Global Pandemic

Domestic Violence- the term is definitely not a new thing for any of us. Domestic violence is apparently defined as any form of violence or assault suffered by a person from his/her biological relatives, but specifically a torment suffered by a woman from the male members of her family. Gender based violence has always been embedded deep into the root[Read More…]

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Menstrual Hygiene – Talk about what’s not comfortable!

Menstrual Hygiene – Talk about what’s not comfortable!

“When I first got my periods, I felt I was about to die. I didn’t know what it was,”  Says Sonam, a resident of Nalhar village in Mewat district of Haryana, who is now in her 20s and married. Sonam’s experience is the story of every second girl in India. Menstruation as a subject is still a taboo in Indian[Read More…]

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Phenomenal Surge of Domestic Violence/Gender Violence: The Shadow Pandemic of Humanity 

Phenomenal Surge of Domestic Violence/Gender Violence: The Shadow Pandemic of Humanity 

 The impact of domestic violence, sexual and physical abuse on woman and young girls have been devastating for years. With the ongoing lockdown measures following the Covid-19 pandemic, complications have increased for the victims and also for organizations that provide support. The article raises awareness on this growing shadow pandemic. In the postmodern world torn by war and humanitarian crisis,[Read More…]

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A Priest in Cassock and the Santal Girl

A Priest in Cassock and the Santal Girl

Recently, when a 17-year-old Santal girl from an indigenous tribe in Rajshahi, Bangladesh went to cut grass for her family’s cattle in the pasture, she had no idea that danger was lurking around the corner. The danger was not that she was going to get attacked by a wild animal, but from a human predator disguised as a priest in[Read More…]

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Rape, the Shadow Pandemic in the time of Covid-19

Rape, the Shadow Pandemic in the time of Covid-19

What is wrong with some men that in the time of Covid-19 they are raping women of all ages? Rape, the most intimate of crimes is happening every day, everywhere in the world. Raping does not fall under behavioral or mental disorder, it is a criminal offense. Sadly, the incidents of rape did not stop while nations across the globe[Read More…]

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 ‘May you be the mother of many sons…’

 ‘May you be the mother of many sons…’

…so goes an old common blessing given to an Indian bride, talks of gender equality notwithstanding. While the small family norm slogan of ‘hum do, hamare do’ (we two, ours two) has rubbed in well the penchant for begetting at least one son has not waned. Many modern Indian women find their womanhood incomplete without begetting a son. I know[Read More…]

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Rape Raj: Shrouded in Shadow

Rape Raj: Shrouded in Shadow

A frenzied attack or bouts of insanity; “rape is rape”! Every 30 minutes one rape is crafted in India. A woman or a child…they are all prey of the rape lore. The rape cases are up swinging in numbers each day. Bruises and injuries only leave scars not recoveries. The victims soon or later are succumbed or marked as grime.[Read More…]

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Period Leaves: Yay or Nay?

Period Leaves: Yay or Nay?

The concept of period leave, like the #Metoo movement is not new. What really happens is people talk about it and then forget it, as some other issue gathers momentum. Then an organization or an individual makes a move and the ball gets rolling thus galvanizing the once much talked about (or not) issue. On 8th of August, Zomato announced[Read More…]

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Gender Literacy

Gender Literacy

Literacy is a social fact. The term which is introduced here with ‘gender literacy’ is not a new mere concept but something which needs expression politically and socially. A society with hundred percent literacy many remain unattended to gender literacy. Literacy would mean the act of learning how to read and write in its basic form. But what is gender[Read More…]

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Kudumbashree: Empowering Women

Kudumbashree: Empowering Women

As the Lok Sabha polls in 2019 showed an overall improvement in the political representation of women, it became obvious that we have come a long way but there is still a long stretch to cover. In all of our misplaced understanding of just “helping” women to ensure we empower them, we forget that empowerment lies in building agency, above[Read More…]

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Bittersweet: reflections on queer existence and emancipation

Bittersweet: reflections on queer existence and emancipation

Recently, actor Samyuktha Hegde and her friends were assaulted by All India Congress Committee member and civic activist Kavitha Reddy at Bangalore’s Agara Lake. Reddy can be seen in videos put up by Hegde on her Instagram threatening to hit the women if they wore “such” clothes, charging at the women to hit them, inciting a mob to shame them[Read More…]

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Women are bearing the brunt of the pandemic disproportionately

Women are bearing the brunt of the pandemic disproportionately

During the initial months of the Covid-19 crisis, experts expressed their concern that this pandemic could set women back decades and rollover 50 years of progress in gender equality. As time passes, data from across the world are proving that the threat is real. With extra burden of childcare and household chores, unsecured jobs, job loss, risk-prone working conditions, hard to access[Read More…]

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Indian Parliament Must Apologize for Stonewalling Debate on Gay & Lesbian Issues Since Independence

Indian Parliament Must Apologize for Stonewalling Debate on Gay & Lesbian Issues Since Independence

By Dr. P. S. Sahni & Shobha Aggarwal The rights of people with different sexual orientations – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual needs to be respected; all the laws that criminalise or discriminate against the LGBTQIA community should be abolished. India should pass laws that allows marriage among same sex and LGBTQIA communities. –          A People’s Manifesto for[Read More…]

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 How to Remember a Feminist Movement That Hasn’t Ended

 How to Remember a Feminist Movement That Hasn’t Ended

On August 26, 2020, Alice in Wonderland will get some company. She will be joined in New York City’s Central Park by Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Sojourner Truth, the first statues there of women who, unlike Alice, actually existed. The monument is a gift to the park from Monumental Women, a non-profit organization formed in 2014. The group has[Read More…]

by 24/08/2020 0 comments Patriarchy
Dalit patriarchy- is the concept sustainable?

Dalit patriarchy- is the concept sustainable?

Feminism arose as a counterpose to patriarchy. Dalit feminism can presuppose both Dalit patriarchy and ‘Brahmin’ feminism. Before we venture into defining Dalit patriarchy we must be clear about what patriarchy is and how does it sustain. Sans theoretical sophistication, patriarchy is a social institution benefiting men and harmful to women. Counterposing this, feminism is an ideology/movement that stands for[Read More…]

by 23/08/2020 0 comments Patriarchy
Claim your anti-caste intersectional feminism: A Dalit woman’s reflections on feminism

Claim your anti-caste intersectional feminism: A Dalit woman’s reflections on feminism

I have had the privilege to learn from a diverse group of active individuals and communities from marginalized locations. These interactions have pushed me to think further and critically. My reflections are a product of years of discomfort and dilemmas I have grappled with, as a Dalit woman with a multifaceted identity that inherent disadvantages but also newly acquired privileges.[Read More…]

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Growing up as a girl in rural India: What does it mean?

Growing up as a girl in rural India: What does it mean?

  Adolescence or teenage is that critical phase when one transitions from childhood to adulthood. It is marked by important biological changes and the onset of puberty. This ‘growing up’ is also about experiencing the joys and challenges of youth. However, for many girls especially those living in rural India, growing up in patriarchal socio-cultural set ups also signifies the[Read More…]

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What is really radical in sex/gender politics?

What is really radical in sex/gender politics?

The political left, and much of mainstream feminism, is characterized by an analysis of how systems and institutions shape our choices, a critique of capitalist media, and a commitment to a scientific/materialist worldview. But when faced with radical feminism’s compelling critiques of patriarchy, leftists and many feminists routinely abandon those principles. Radical feminist critiques of prostitution, pornography, and transgender ideology[Read More…]

by 29/07/2020 0 comments Patriarchy
The Patriarch Country

The Patriarch Country

Unjust social system that subordinates, discriminates or is oppressive to women.The society is where men hold the control and make all the rules and women stay home and care for the kids. Especially in India, Patriarchy is a socially-constructed system where males have primary power. I think it affects many aspects of life, from political leadership, business management, religious institutions,[Read More…]

by 27/07/2020 1 comment Patriarchy
Becoming “flesh”: Society shaping women’s body image

Becoming “flesh”: Society shaping women’s body image

“We don’t need Afghan-style burqas to disappear as women. We disappear in reverse – by revamping and revealing our bodies to meet the externally imposed vision of beauty” – Robin Gerber Existentialists argue that everything we are today is the result of our choices, and we build our own values with the available choices and resources that society gives us.[Read More…]

by 26/07/2020 0 comments Patriarchy
Beyond tokenism: Accelerating rights of women and girls in a post-COVID era

Beyond tokenism: Accelerating rights of women and girls in a post-COVID era

I am tempted to share this very recent photograph of a newly done up mural in a very prominent area of my city barely a stone-throw distance from the state parliament. It is a clear depiction of what our patriarchal society wants its women to be-meek submissive, docile, their colourless faces devoid of any hope or desires. I fervently hope[Read More…]

by 15/07/2020 0 comments Patriarchy
 ‘Cancel Culture’ Cannot Erase a Strong Argument

 ‘Cancel Culture’ Cannot Erase a Strong Argument

In the current squabble on the liberal/progressive/left side of the fence over so-called “cancel culture”—in which one open letter in favor of freedom of expression led to a rebuttal open letter in favor of a different approach to freedom of expression—I can offer a report on the experience of being canceled. Several times over the past few years I’ve been[Read More…]

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Ideological logic around the validity of “Dalit Patriarchy “

Ideological logic around the validity of “Dalit Patriarchy “

Of late, I am coming across on the strange discussion on “ Dalit Patriarchy “ . I see a lot of confusion around this concept and this write up tries to delve deeper into the validity, rationality and viability of the concept on the established principles of creating an ideology. Feminism is considered as- “ the advocacy of women’s rights on[Read More…]

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The Unbecoming of Indian Women

The Unbecoming of Indian Women

“In rape cases it’s strange to me when people say, Well why didn’t you fight him? If you woke up to a robber in your home, saw him taking your stuff, people wouldn’t ask, Well why didn’t you fight him? Why didn’t you tell him no? He’s already violating an unspoken rule, why would he suddenly decide to adhere to[Read More…]

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Rhetoric of Victimisation in Delhi Crime and Unbelievable   

Rhetoric of Victimisation in Delhi Crime and Unbelievable  

The explosion of the #MeToo movement, the burgeoning discussion around sexual predators and the vulnerability of victims of sexual assault makes it even more pertinent to carefully and minutely examine the vocabulary of sexual assault in popular culture.  Rape narratives that pervade literature, newspapers, popular culture, law, activism etc, help “organize, understand, and even arguably produce the social world” (Sara[Read More…]

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Women And Pandemic

Women And Pandemic

With no surprises, the lockdown is a hard time for everyone around the globe. From last 3 months only unhappiness has been distributed by this pandemic. Leading to stress and depression among people, women are suffering more. A gender gap in mental health already existed before but it has now widened to a large extent. Studies show, the fall in[Read More…]

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Women Collectives Articulate Grassroots Response To The Shadow Pandemic

Women Collectives Articulate Grassroots Response To The Shadow Pandemic

There’s the pandemic you know about all too well. It is taking a heavy toll on lives and livelihoods. Then, there’s the shadow pandemic, which is rapidly unraveling the limited but precious progress the world has made toward gender equality in the past few decades. This shadow pandemic can be seen in the rolling background of this progress with the[Read More…]

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Justice for Anjana Hareesh: Sahayatrika’s Statement on the Queerphobic Coverage of her Life and Death

Justice for Anjana Hareesh: Sahayatrika’s Statement on the Queerphobic Coverage of her Life and Death

Anjana Hareesh (21), a queer-identified student from Kasargode district in Kerala, took her own life on 13th May 2020 while she was in Goa during the COVID 19 lockdown. According to the postmortem report, this was a case of suicide. We strongly condemn the purposeful and vengeful manufacturing of false narratives meant to criminalize Anjana’s life and her death, as[Read More…]

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Financial Empowerment and Autonomy for Women

Financial Empowerment and Autonomy for Women

In a country where the culture of arranged and forced marriage is the norm, marrying for love is an exception, and divorce or choosing to remain single is associated with social stigma; it can be argued that a financially empowered woman is better positioned to reverse these traditional social dynamics and bring about social change in the right direction. However,[Read More…]

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COVID19: Pandemic of Hidden Figures

COVID19: Pandemic of Hidden Figures

                                                              Introduction Hidden Figures is an American biographical film based on the role of female Afro-American scientists in space missions to NASA in the second half of twentieth century. The[Read More…]

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“Honor Killing” in Iran: It’s not a Race Issue; it’s a Human Rights Issue

“Honor Killing” in Iran: It’s not a Race Issue; it’s a Human Rights Issue

14- year-old Romina Ashrafi was beheaded by her father in the name of family “honor” How can a young girl’s murder at the hands of her father be a story of love and honor? When a young daughter is brutally decapitated by her father in the name of family “honor,” does it paint a glorifying picture? Of course not. It[Read More…]

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Amidst the racial strife, we’re ignoring a pandemic (no, not THAT pandemic)

What if I were to tell you about a virtually ignored state of emergency, a lethal pandemic of which the exact numbers will never be fully known? I’m pretty sure you’d have a few guesses as to what I mean… but I’m also pretty sure those guesses would be inaccurate. *** There are some very predictable reactions whenever a person of color is[Read More…]

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LBGTQA Community

LBGTQA Community

For those of you who don’t know the meaning of those alphabet letters, here you go: lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, queer, alternative sexually. Now, I will add that there are lots of lesbian seagulls. So don’t imagine for a moment please that we are alone in alternative sexual behavior. I read a factual article on the topic. One of my[Read More…]

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Female Subjugation In Modern Days: Hegemony By Consent

Female Subjugation In Modern Days: Hegemony By Consent

Many girls with higher educational qualifications from a typical North Indian family background faces a patriarchal structure which is very unique and must be pondered upon. Female subjugation is not a new phenomenon and it is there in the world since antiquity. But, nowadays we are witnessing a form of subjugation which is very different in structural framework. In past[Read More…]

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Ambedkar, A Feminist

Ambedkar, A Feminist

When I wrote an essay on Dr. B.R Ambedkar years back in school, I portrayed him in my writing as a brilliant man who drafted the constitution of India and as a leader who vehemently opposed to the discrimination towards the untouchables. Little did I know, that these adjectives that I has used for him was just a tip of[Read More…]

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Challenges faced by visually disabled women

Challenges faced by visually disabled women

Atrocities on women are increasing day -by- day and they are struggling to cope with gruesome attacks by male. Disabled women, especially visually disabled, are all the more disadvantaged and their handicap is being used as a convenient condition for assault and exploitation. Recent example In Bhopal, a 53 year old visually impaired woman was allegedly raped by an unidentified[Read More…]

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In search of the ultimate justice: Dismantling rape culture in India

In search of the ultimate justice: Dismantling rape culture in India

20th March 2020, the Nirbhaya accused were hanged in the wee hours, at 5 o’ clock, and we all woke up inhaling the sense of closure. Deep down it wasn’t so oblivious that the death sentence would actually never serve as a future deterrent. But, nevertheless the perpetrators left no stone unturned to make the crime what is called ‘the[Read More…]

by 22/05/2020 0 comments Patriarchy
Do We Also Owe An Internal Apology? A Reflection on Racism, Gender and Stereotyping in Response to Web series ‘Paatal Lok’

Do We Also Owe An Internal Apology? A Reflection on Racism, Gender and Stereotyping in Response to Web series ‘Paatal Lok’

A particular scene in Paatal Lok, which is a series in Amazon Prime used a racist and a sexist remark on a Khasi woman calling her a “Nepali whore” (in Hindi). This was followed by uproar and petitions from Nepalies across India demanding to mute that particular line followed by an apology for the same[i]. This recent incident further triggers[Read More…]

by 21/05/2020 0 comments Patriarchy
Domestic Abuse-the Hidden War in Covid-19

Domestic Abuse-the Hidden War in Covid-19

We are living in the time of Covid-19 pandemic caused by a newly identified coronavirus. This pandemic along with collateral economic crisis has threatened human life all around the globe. However, in these tough times, there is another shadow epidemic of domestic violence, which is putting the physical and mental health of many women in Indian households in danger. The[Read More…]

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 Contextualizing the Bois Locker Room Scandal

 Contextualizing the Bois Locker Room Scandal

Our perception of ourselves; our bodies, our relationships, our understating and, above all, our behavior comes from the complex system of rules unconsciously governing us all the time.  Like the rules of the popular sport cricket enable, constitute and control the identity of a cricketer, so does the rules of a culture discipline our collective behavior. On transgressing the organized[Read More…]

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Paedophiles And The Sangh Propaganda

Paedophiles And The Sangh Propaganda

Two years back a little girl, Asifa Bano, was abducted, raped and murderd in india, where the people are so keen on emphasizing their culture and moral values in everything from salt to camphor. The cold blooded murder of the young Muslim girl is and always will be a shame! The realities and the aftermath of this case will haunt[Read More…]

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 Locker Room Secrets: Class, Caste and the myth of the ‘lumpen element’ as the sexual predator

 Locker Room Secrets: Class, Caste and the myth of the ‘lumpen element’ as the sexual predator

Growing up in urban India, in an English-medium boys-only school run by Jesuits, I had access to all the English-language novels and comic-books that Indian kids do – Enid Blyton, Archies etc. Immersed in their world of boarding schools, “Riverdale High” etc, the one thing I never really got was the idea of lockers and locker-rooms, which were depicted in[Read More…]

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Cartoon by Li Feng

Questioning Her ‘Safe Agents’: An Analysis Of Family And Schooling Practices In Response To ‘Bois Locker Room’

Co-Written by Shilpi Shikha Phukan, Rinzing Ongmu Sherpa and Garima Rath. Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic depression, another issue that hit the internet recently is the ‘bois locker room’ controversy. Bois Locker Room, a closed Instagram page of elite South Delhi school-boys uploaded explicit sexual content of minor girls, objectifying women bodies to the extent of normalizing rape culture. The Delhi[Read More…]

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Bois Locker Room

Bois Locker Room

The Story “Bois Locker Room” is a private instagram group of young teenage school boys, aged between 13 and 17 of prominent schools in Delhi. This group seems to have started as a meme group on Instagram – one of those fun groups where teenagers bond by exchanging jokes, silly videos and more. By the time it had around 50[Read More…]

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Surviving a ‘shadow’ pandemic: domestic abuse in the time of Corona

Surviving a ‘shadow’ pandemic: domestic abuse in the time of Corona

How many of you can even imagine living 24×7 under the same roof as your abuser with the constant fear of what he (in rare cases she) might do next to hurt you?  How would it feel when coughing results in merciless beating or throwing you out of the house on suspicion of COVID symptoms or your partner constantly meting[Read More…]

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Domestic Violence: It looks like no situation is free from being victimised

Domestic Violence: It looks like no situation is free from being victimised

A third of Indian women cover up the signs of Domestic violence   While the entire world is under the grip of COVID 19 thrashing human lives, some people are still doing their prey. In a time, when people are coming together to help each other, cases of domestic violence is still on the front-foot and for many victims it[Read More…]

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 Women bear the brunt of humanitarian disasters, including COVID-19

 Women bear the brunt of humanitarian disasters, including COVID-19

The United Nations (UN) data estimates that 168 million people worldwide will need assistance in 2020 to deal with humanitarian crises, including natural disasters, extreme climate events, conflicts and infectious disease outbreaks. 25% of these will be women and girls of reproductive age. And they are the ones who are disproportionately affected during any humanitarian disaster – from being more[Read More…]

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COVID-19 Lockdown And Violence Against Women In Home

COVID-19 Lockdown And Violence Against Women In Home

COVID-19 has imposed mandatory lockdowns in many countries including India. However, since the lockdown has been imposed, attention is being focused on its economic repercussions and on providing food and shelter to poor and migrants. But the pandemic has exposed vulnerabilities and created challenges at other fronts too. More specifically, women’s lack of autonomy in the patriarchal homes is further[Read More…]

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Pandemic and System of Power: A Feminist Perspective

Pandemic and System of Power: A Feminist Perspective

The world is facing a health emergency of COVID- 19 which has forced to take some anomalous steps to save human life from this deadly virus. Humans are making efforts to adjust in this uncanny situation. Though this virus is equally dangerous for all of us but a section of society is even adversely affected because of the systematically organized[Read More…]

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COVID-19: Transgender Community Demands Special Package

COVID-19: Transgender Community Demands Special Package

  About 2,000 + members from transgender community and few allies across India wrote to the Union Home, Finance & Social Justice Ministries seeking Special Package for Covid Lockdown. Demanding subsistence allowance, rationkits, health support & protection from eviction. Assert rights as per NALSA. Letter welcomes NISD support but points out that interim relief of Rs. 1,500 / – covered[Read More…]

by 25/04/2020 0 comments Patriarchy
SHE Amid COVID-19

SHE Amid COVID-19

 Co-Written by Priyanka Singh & Sujeet Singh What haunts more these days is not the Monster disease called Covid-19, but the harrowing position of the women in the middle of this Pandemic Era. It remains a poisonous truth of our society, that the women in the 21st century has still not got the same status as men. The degraded state of[Read More…]

by 25/04/2020 3 comments Patriarchy
Gender in the Times of Global Sabbatical

Gender in the Times of Global Sabbatical

“I told you Shakespeare had a sister,  but She died young—alas, she never wrote a word. Now my belief is that this poet who never wrote a word lives in you and me, and in many other women who are not here tonight, for they are washing up the dishes and putting the children to bed”. Virginia Woolf A patient[Read More…]

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Hell is Other People: Pandemic Lifestyles and Domestic Violence

Hell is Other People: Pandemic Lifestyles and Domestic Violence

In No Exit, the translated title of Jean-Paul Sartre’s play, Huis Clos, three deceased characters find themselves in a room, ostensibly in Hell, in what transpires as a permanent wait.  Locked after being ushered in by a valet, with quite literally no means of escape, they are confronted with each other’s moods, lies and eventual confessions.  Sadism, cowardice and mendacity[Read More…]

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Always A Tone Of Surprise!!!

Always A Tone Of Surprise!!!

I am a 29 year old professional who has been staying away from home from the last 11 years. Being very much conscious about academics, studies, grades and future, I had always focused on my education and knowledge gaining. Even now, when we are all in the lockdown phase, I keep myself more engrossed in publication works, blog/article writing, reading[Read More…]

by 12/04/2020 1 comment Patriarchy
“Chemical Shower, Bareilly, Covid 19’ by DeepankarGohain

Frantic spatio-temporality of CoVid 19: Social isolation and/in the ‘home’

Co-Written by Shruti Sharma & Bikash Sarma The horrendous outbreak of SARS-CoV-2, and the sequence of ‘phantasmagoric’ events for the last few months, paved the way for strands of thinking and genres of debates on modernity, the networks of nature/culture, on quarantine–physical and social isolation, palliative measures, a virulent nature of bio-politics, the state of exception – and ways of[Read More…]

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 The Future May Be Female But the Pandemic Is Patriarchal

 The Future May Be Female But the Pandemic Is Patriarchal

Before I found myself “sheltering in place,” this article was to be about women’s actions around the world to mark March 8th, International Women’s Day. From Pakistan to Chile, women in their millions filled the streets, demanding that we be able to control our bodies and our lives. Women came out in Iraq and Kyrgyzstan, Turkey and Peru, the Philippines and Malaysia. In some[Read More…]

by 31/03/2020 0 comments Patriarchy
Coronavirus (covid-19) and domestic violence

Coronavirus (covid-19) and domestic violence

With more and more people staying home due to covid-19 causing concern for entirely different problem like ” domestic violence”. WHO refers domestic violence as a violence ,abuse and intimidation between people who are currently or have previously been in an intimate relationship . The perpetrator uses violence to control and dominate the other person. This causes fear , physical[Read More…]

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Status of the Health-Care Economy: Thoughts on ‘Other’ Health workers

Status of the Health-Care Economy: Thoughts on ‘Other’ Health workers

Co-Written by Prashastika Sharma and Neeraj K On March 22nd at 5 pm, India witnessed a spectacular event applauding doctors, frontline workers and other essential service delivery personnel. It was nothing we have witnessed before in the name of unity and gratitude in contemporary India. Noteworthy, it was requested by the Prime Minister. We have been now put under a national[Read More…]

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Do you think solidarity between women is possible?

Do you think solidarity between women is possible?

During the first few decades of the feminist movement, it was assumed that women as a social group, as a political constituency could organise themselves as a unified entity in order for them to give voice to their  demands. Underlying this assumption was the belief that women’s oppression was a more or less universal fact  and so there was a[Read More…]

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The difference

The difference

Puta Bhatta Jataka. The Buddha himself had narrated this story to a married couple. He had waited for them ‘like a hunter on the trail’ in his monastery cell in Jetvana, wishing to teach the husband a few lessons in gender equity. I read the Buddha’s skeletal story of his past birth enough times to know every word of it.[Read More…]

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The perspective from ‘Below’ and Feminist Literature in the Social Sciences

The perspective from ‘Below’ and Feminist Literature in the Social Sciences

  “I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved”.  (BR. Ambedkar) In the remembrance of the International Women’s Day, Sarojini Naidu Centre for women’s studies, Jamia Millia Islamia has organized 6th Sarojini Naidu annual memorial lecture on the theme of “Creation and Dissemination of Feminist Knowledge” on 3rd March 2020 at Jamia,[Read More…]

by 08/03/2020 0 comments Patriarchy
a cloud of sticky notes of different colors in the shape of speech balloons with concepts relative to the womens day written in it, such as equality respect, progress, liberation or equal pay

This is not just a gender gap: It’s a power gap

25 years after the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action set out a clear path on how to achieve gender equality, the world has witnessed remarkable progress. However, the Report of the UN Secretary-General on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action points out that violence against women and girls remains pervasive. And, this is not just a gender gap[Read More…]

by 07/03/2020 0 comments Patriarchy
Towards a Gender Sensitive Society

Towards a Gender Sensitive Society

“If you educate a man, you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman, you educate a whole nation: – Dr James Emman Kwegyir Aggrey International women’s day is to be celebrated on 8-March this year with a theme of “Generations Equality’’ across the world.  It is a worldwide event that celebrates the concernments and achievements of women all over the world.[Read More…]

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The Manufactured Feminism

The Manufactured Feminism

We live in a world where strong visuals fill our brains through screens that surround us at all times. As such it becomes impossible to prevent the inception of an idea that may or may not have the potential to influence our psyche. In most cases visuals do leave a profound impact on how we perceive the world. These visuals[Read More…]

by 02/03/2020 1 comment Patriarchy
Gender equity and human rights are pivotal for advancing progress on SDGs

Gender equity and human rights are pivotal for advancing progress on SDGs

  The Nairobi Statement endorsed to mark 25 years of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD25) gives renewed hope and stronger thrust to gender equity and human rights. Achieving universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights as a part of universal health coverage; zero unmet need for family planning information and services, and universal availability[Read More…]

by 24/02/2020 0 comments Patriarchy
Misconceptions Of Indians Over Sexuality!

Misconceptions Of Indians Over Sexuality!

Beauty provokes harassment, the law says, but it looks through men’s eyes when deciding what provokes it. ~ Naomi Wolf As an Indian, I should be proud of my country and yes, I am proud of this land but what I’m not proud of are the civilians of this country. India became India when it had the concept of romance[Read More…]

by 10/02/2020 0 comments Patriarchy
Women and Trauma in the Trump-Putin Era

Women and Trauma in the Trump-Putin Era

Last month, as hundreds of thousands of people showed up for the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., a few miles from my home, I was at a karate dojo testing for my first belt. My fellow practitioners, ranging in age from five into their seventies, looked on as I hammered my fist through a two-inch piece of wood. The words of one[Read More…]

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Death of a Housewife: Some Thoughts on Stay-at-Home Motherhood

Death of a Housewife: Some Thoughts on Stay-at-Home Motherhood

The differential ways in which our society reacts to the death of a patriarch and a housewife manifest categorically the extent to which patriarchy and the associated hierarchy cut across various facets of our day-to-day life. Incidentally, the orthodox social wisdom views the death of even the elderly male head of a family as a greater loss than that of[Read More…]

by 03/02/2020 0 comments Patriarchy
The Movement against Patriarchy Must Address Capitalism

The Movement against Patriarchy Must Address Capitalism

Women around the world, regardless of their status, nationality, color, are at a constant state of war with the patriarchy, a war that has been raging since the Agricultural Revolution and that has its roots deeply embedded in property relations. Rapes are the by-products of that war, patriarchy’s trophies won in shameless battles. And,as long aswe would not acknowledge the[Read More…]

by 14/01/2020 2 comments Patriarchy
Why Women Always Prefer To Take A Backseat?

Why Women Always Prefer To Take A Backseat?

It is a general observation that I am having over the past few days as an individual and as a woman in general. Women, I had observed over the years (with my mother and aunts), never really wish or thrive to take the front seat for anything, how much educated they may be! Women tend to be satisfied with the[Read More…]

by 22/12/2019 0 comments Patriarchy
Where are the Safe Spaces?

Where are the Safe Spaces?

I have lived in three Indian cities until now. Guwahati; my hometown, New Delhi; for higher studies, and Mumbai; as a research scholar. The question that lingers in my mind, no matter where I am is, “where is my safe space?” or “where can I go without feeling scared/observed?” This is absolutely a menacing fact. The girls or women facing[Read More…]

by 12/12/2019 1 comment Patriarchy
Students taking lunch in one of the Ashram Schools in Kurkheda block of Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra

Why a demand for free education is at the heart of feminism?!

I often remember the female protagonist of the novel – Milkman by Anna Burns (Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2018). She was sexually harassed by a man when she would be walking while reading. A woman, with a book is an image that is one of the most infuriating sights to patriarchy. In that case, we can only imagine the[Read More…]

by 06/12/2019 1 comment Patriarchy
Reject the culture of Misogyny and democratize our socio-cultural spaces

Reject the culture of Misogyny and democratize our socio-cultural spaces

The horrendous rape and murder of Hyderabad’s vet doctor has again brought into light the dirty realities of our life that women remain the most vulnerable in India. The incidents of brutal rapes are fact of life here where leaders never get tired of sermonizing us of our ‘glorious’ past when women were regarded as ‘goddess’ and what not. Somehow[Read More…]

by 02/12/2019 0 comments Patriarchy
Daring to Study Domestic Violence: Who is the Victim?

Daring to Study Domestic Violence: Who is the Victim?

As an international student in UC-Berkeley who has only been in the United States for just over a month, my journey has not only been geographical, from Nanjing, China to Berkeley, USA, but also philosophical and intellectual. When going through the course offerings list, my attention was drawn by a seminar called “Intimate Partner Violence and the Law.” This was[Read More…]

by 08/11/2019 0 comments Patriarchy
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Something Wicked This Way Comes…And It’s Not Halloween

October: its pumpkin spice lattes, its sweater weather, and its spooky Halloween. For a day, or even days if you count “Halloweekend” (or more appropriately “Halloweekends”), you can pretend to be someone or something else. You can escape your reality and dive head-first into a world of manufactured fear: laughing at every non-threatening jump scare, watching all too similar horror[Read More…]

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Momina’s Story:  The Denial of a Woman’s Potential in Afghanistan

Momina’s Story:  The Denial of a Woman’s Potential in Afghanistan

I think that the greatest sin the powers that be, whatever and whoever those powers are or have been, have committed is the destruction of human potential.  I believe that each of us is born with our own self defining potentials.  In positive and supporting environments, these potentials can be realized.  In negative and destructive environments, these potentials are unrealizable[Read More…]

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Is the movie ‘Section 375’ a nail in pulverizing the women’s movement?

Is the movie ‘Section 375’ a nail in pulverizing the women’s movement?

Section 375 is an intense and layered courtroom drama revolving around the dialectics of justice and law.  The movie comes at the time when the sensitization around the gender issues are seen to be taking their due space and the movie leaves the one thinking about the tenability of that same space. This movie is a profusion of debates around[Read More…]

Shova Rajmoni Hosna---New Age photo

Another senseless dowry death

  How many Shovas have to endure violence, severe torture and sometimes death when extortionary dowry demands cannot be met? How many monstrous husbands and in-laws will abuse and kill innocent young women because their parents cannot pay the dowry amount to the husbands or to their families? Despite anti-dowry laws in Bangladesh, such crimes are unabated. This has been[Read More…]

by 14/09/2019 0 comments Patriarchy
A Dialectical Materialist Response to The Discovery That There is no “Gay Gene”

A Dialectical Materialist Response to The Discovery That There is no “Gay Gene”

Marx’s dialectical materialist philosophy rests on the axiom that humans have needs and desires the satisfaction of which exist outside themselves.  Thus, humans must ‘go over’ into an “other” to find self satisfaction.. That “other” is on the one hand, nature, and on the other hand, others of their species.  Because, according to Marx, man is by nature a social[Read More…]

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Thinking like Feminists: Nationalism in Contemporary Assam

Thinking like Feminists: Nationalism in Contemporary Assam

Co-Written by Pooja Kalita and Prithiraj Borah “As a woman, I have no country. As a woman, I want no country. As a woman, my country is the whole world.” These famous words by Virginia Woolf perfectly fit the present political situation prevailing throughout the world. Assam too is no exception, as it seems to be perpetually engulfed in a[Read More…]

by 10/09/2019 0 comments Patriarchy, India
What the fantasy about Kashmiri “girls” reveals about men of Hindutva

What the fantasy about Kashmiri “girls” reveals about men of Hindutva

Much has been written about the excitement of Hindu Nationalist men at the prospect of being able to marry Kashmiri “girls”, but a question still remains.  Why in the world would Kashmiri “girls”,or at least those interested in boys, want that – especially in light of the hotness quotient of Kashmiri men?  This could well be damned as a politically[Read More…]

by 08/09/2019 2 comments India, Patriarchy
Kashmir: Struggle towards Gender Justice Means End to foreign Rule

Kashmir: Struggle towards Gender Justice Means End to foreign Rule

A friend had asked– What about gender discrimination in the valley? Can you guarantee that after Kashmiris are given Azaadi, violence against women would stop in the region?” The questions presume that Indians troops are occupying Kashmir because of Kashmiri-driven discrimination against women. Those new in the feminist theory would fall in the trap set by the Indian state and[Read More…]

by 11/08/2019 2 comments Patriarchy
Sex Workers in India – Life in a “Gutter”

Sex Workers in India – Life in a “Gutter”

[Source: gaylaxymag.com] Last month, while researching on Sex Worker’s rights movements in India for an academic project, I came across some extremely disturbing incidents mentioned by VAMP (Veshya Anyay Mukti Parishad) and other online articles describing the plight of Sex Worker’s in our country. One of the most glaring incidents mentioned by them was of a sex worker with speech[Read More…]

by 04/08/2019 2 comments Patriarchy
A cry for help from the womb

A cry for help from the womb

At a very young age, I learned about gender inequality that pervades our society. I was just six when my sister was born and my elation knew no bounds. However, I was bewildered that my sister was not welcomed with excitement and enthusiasm by some. Back then, I wasn’t able to comprehend the mocking gibes made by the conservative sundry[Read More…]

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Birth of an era for the LGBTIQ community in India

Birth of an era for the LGBTIQ community in India

Background LGBTIQ community has been one of the marginalized communities in the world history that has been suffering from disgrace and exclusionfor a long time. There are around 70 countries where members from the LGBTIQ community are criminalized because of which they are not able to participate in the development of their country. These acts have resulted in several protests[Read More…]

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Feminism – The real Human rights fight in India

Feminism – The real Human rights fight in India

Earlier to the mid-nineteenth century, the government influenced the powers delegated and was quite opaque and transgressing towards the rights of women. Only when the men began to speak up against the evil, oppressing practices to be followed by the women of India, like “Sati”, started the First-wave of The Feminist Movement in India. It was later joined by the[Read More…]

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Hey parents, listen to your kids!

Hey parents, listen to your kids!

Caste, class, and religion are not determinants of a happy marriage, do not let these aspects come in the way of your children’s happiness. Ask any parent if they love their children unconditionally and you are bound to get a confused stare, and probably followed by a retort like, “What kind of a question is that?” Most parents love their[Read More…]

by 25/07/2019 0 comments Patriarchy
Kindly Ponder !!

Kindly Ponder !!

Most of the women in conservative environment spend all their time in service of men; especially to their husbands ― Making them breads, meal, chae, coffee in return they get abuse, subjugation, beating, rape (my husband), & insults. They will rarely give them daily or monthly remuneration as prescribed by God and when do so, that too with insulting remarks[Read More…]

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I Had an Abortion and Now I’m Not Ashamed

I Had an Abortion and Now I’m Not Ashamed

The Personal Is Still Political – And It’s Planetary, Too I have never said this publicly before, but in December 1974 I had an abortion. I was 22 years old, living in a cold, dark house in Portland, Oregon, spending my days huddled in front of a wood stove trying to finish my undergraduate senior thesis. I did not want[Read More…]

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Struggle for Women’s Liberation Across the World: A Long Way to Go

Struggle for Women’s Liberation Across the World: A Long Way to Go

Writing `herstory’ has never been an easy process in a male-dominated world where sexism, bigotry racism, casteism and fascism all have been used in an unimaginative way by the free market economy in congruence with the fascists forces to undermine democratic processes. The trio of totalitarian state, free market and increasing fundamentalism is giving new reasons to dissent every day.[Read More…]

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‘Value’ of unpaid work by women

‘Value’ of unpaid work by women

In analyzing economic data, various sectors like industry, agriculture, services, etc are taken into account. But domestic work done by women is rarely ‘measured’ by analysts. A woman getting up early to make ready food for working husbands is very valuable but it does not figure in the estimates relating to economic figures. Some estimates In an article ( Women’s[Read More…]

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Bangladesh’s rape epidemic: Are these a case of deviant sexual behaviour or ‘System’s failure’?

Bangladesh’s rape epidemic: Are these a case of deviant sexual behaviour or ‘System’s failure’?

In Bangladesh incidents of loot, plunder, enforced disappearances, breakdown of rule of law, extra-judicial killings, deaths and injuries in road accidents through reckless driving have become parts of daily news. Lately, news of audacious rapes, abductions of girls and women and sexual harassments in almost all parts of the country are also becoming common occurrences these days. Spates of horrifying[Read More…]

by 16/05/2019 1 comment Patriarchy
Sopore Rape Shame

Sopore Rape Shame

Co-Written by Meer Abass & Aurangzeb Arif ” to ask the victim what lies beneath the misery “ ” They say , I was never a part of this world ‘ Ever been to lanes of mockery, then you find what it takes the decorum of disgrace. The infamous rape of a girl child by the demonic 50 year old[Read More…]

by 26/04/2019 1 comment Kashmir, Patriarchy
Patriarchal practices deny transgender to contest as a transgender

Patriarchal practices deny transgender to contest as a transgender

Though small in number, transgender community is an integral part of the country. But when elections take place, they are not even considered by most political parties to contest. The first transgender candidate from India’s westernmost state for the Lok Sabha Jaysawal Naresh Babulal said that she would contest the elections eventhough she was forced to register as a male.[Read More…]

by 25/04/2019 0 comments Patriarchy
Women, Education and Discursive Space for Empowerment

Women, Education and Discursive Space for Empowerment

The famous Ghanian proverb attributed to the Ghanian scholar James Emmanuel Kwegyir- Aggrey “If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a women you educate a family” sheds light on how women were traditionally denied education. This maxim advocates for creating new opportunities for women by expanding their social space, but within the ideology of[Read More…]

by 21/04/2019 0 comments Patriarchy
Neoliberal Feminism

Neoliberal Feminism

For a number of years now I’ve been confounded by watching many of the straight upper-middle class women in the United States appearing to slide backwards in time into much more traditional roles. Why do so many women still do the heavy lifting of childcare, grocery shopping, housekeeping and cooking? Why do so many of them put the needs of[Read More…]

by 01/04/2019 0 comments Patriarchy
International Women’s Day Ignored Global Avoidable Mortality Holocaust Of Women And Children

International Women’s Day Ignored Global Avoidable Mortality Holocaust Of Women And Children

On International Women’s Day (8 March) the Western-dominated celebrations have laudably used the occasion to praise women’s achievements and to press for women’s rights, a more gender-balanced world, equal pay, equal parliamentary representation, gender equality, “Me too” activism, and an end to sexism, discrimination and violence against women. However, palpably ignored in this praiseworthy activism are the horrible and massive[Read More…]

by 09/03/2019 1 comment Patriarchy
At the 2018 International Summit for Women in the Struggle called by the Zapatistas. The mural reads: “Capitalism converts everything, absolute everything into commodities. For it [capitalism] we women are propaganda, decorations…Down with this capitalist system!” Photo credit: Global Justice Now/Flickr/CC 2.0

Embracing Grassroots Feminism

Women’s rights are at a tipping point. Rural and urban women workers on the frontlines of climate chaos experience the most acute violations of their rights to land, food, and territory at this time of escalating hunger and malnutrition, and steady erosion of democracies.Around the world, these women are taking the patriarchy to task, while healing the environment – all[Read More…]

by 08/03/2019 0 comments Patriarchy
 Women speak: To be a woman and to be in India

 Women speak: To be a woman and to be in India

Is the situation dismal? In a survey of experts done in 2018, India ranks as the world’s most dangerous country for women. It had ranked 4th in the same survey done 7 years ago. The Global Gender Gap Index 2017 by the World Economic Forum placed India at 108 position out of 144 countries benchmarked on the basis of gender[Read More…]

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Gender Gap: A Bridge Still Far

Gender Gap: A Bridge Still Far

   All lives have equal value. No matter where they live on the planet. No matter what state, city, and country you’re born in, whether you are male, female. – Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation The Gate s Foundation captures in it mission goal the true spiritual concept of human creation. But today we know that not all lives have[Read More…]

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Problematizing Hetero Normative Space: Possibilities of Unisex Toilets

Problematizing Hetero Normative Space: Possibilities of Unisex Toilets

“There will be a time, when tourists will come to India to visit the colourful toilets”, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at the Swachch Shakthi -2019 awards ceremony. The Swachch Bharat Campaign,’clean toilets’ target, Swachch Sundar Shauchalaya contest, have all raised an active debate around what toilets we should be able to use. On an average, a person uses the[Read More…]

by 15/02/2019 3 comments Patriarchy
The Unbearable Lightness of Hardik Pandya And The Steady Flow of Market

The Unbearable Lightness of Hardik Pandya And The Steady Flow of Market

A plethora of articles have found space surrounding the recent comments made by Hardik Pandya on the popular television show, Koffee with Karan which has landed him into trouble in the cricket world. Although his cricket future does not seem to be in jeopardy at the moment, his comments come at a very crucial cross road of the increased awareness[Read More…]

by 11/02/2019 1 comment Patriarchy
A Year After Brutal Gang Rape and Murder in Kathua:  Apathetic State Agenda, Regressive Policies and Escalating Violence Continued

A Year After Brutal Gang Rape and Murder in Kathua:  Apathetic State Agenda, Regressive Policies and Escalating Violence Continued

Abstract In 2012 when Nirbhaya had been raped brutally in a moving bus in Delhi, the massive protest that went for several days could awake the then government which then constituted the Justice Verma Committee and made amendments in the criminal laws relating to rape. However, in January 2018, the socio-political situation is completely altered. Ironically, a Hindutva government is[Read More…]

by 04/02/2019 1 comment Patriarchy
Why Is a Woman’s ‘Virgin’ Status Synonymous With Her

Why Is a Woman’s ‘Virgin’ Status Synonymous With Her

Let me warn you this article is not for kids because kids in India are not supposed to read all these ‘ashlil vichaar’. Are you looking for a post supporting your misogynist thoughts ? Wait! Well, you are at the wrong place because this article will disappoint you. Recently, a Kolkata professor took to social media to teach young boys[Read More…]

by 15/01/2019 1 comment Patriarchy
Are they untouchables?  

Are they untouchables?  

“Untouchability is a crime against god and humanity,” said the Mahatma, the father of our nation. And untouchability is a crime in India. But Sabarimala temple in Kerala has been practising gender untouchability long since by imposing selective ban on menstruating women and the quite positive and progressive verdict of Supreme Court on Sept. 28, 2018 put an end to this selective[Read More…]

by 14/01/2019 2 comments Patriarchy
Politics Over Menstruation

Politics Over Menstruation

“Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people. The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness”. ~ Karl Marx. If we stand on the platform that Marx established then we can[Read More…]

by 06/01/2019 3 comments Patriarchy
World of Virtual Sexual Harassment

World of Virtual Sexual Harassment

Being from the male gender gathering information and taking a surveillance from the social networks on the obscene attacks over the female gender is easy but at the same time it is quite sadist for the mind and body. Social networks like Facebook, Twitter etc., though have been made to initiate connection but at the same time it has facilitated[Read More…]

by 18/12/2018 2 comments Patriarchy
#MeToo And Progressives In India

#MeToo And Progressives In India

Back in December 2012, all of us were filled with anger, frustration and willing to change society just immediately. It was a reaction after reading, talking and thinking about what happened in New Delhi and later to be called as the “Nirbhaya Case”. I was residing in Oslo as a student and wrote an article with another Indian friend who[Read More…]

by 16/12/2018 2 comments Patriarchy
Feminist Theological View on Abortion and Catholic Church

Feminist Theological View on Abortion and Catholic Church

                               The word abortion has been abominable to Catholic Church for centuries and the theological views on abortion from catholic perspective always painted abortion as a heinous moral sin. In tracing the Christian antipathy on abortion in the church history, it become rather an ironic factor[Read More…]

by 13/12/2018 1 comment Patriarchy
Role of women in food security

Role of women in food security

One of the major goals to be achieved in Sustainable development goals (SDG) policy by countries globally is ‘ food security.’ The UNDP made a ‘ universal call to action to end poverty , protect the planet , and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity’  in the year 2016 and India was one of the countries which agreed[Read More…]

by 11/12/2018 4 comments Patriarchy
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Sex Work: Let Us Not Make It Work

“We say who, we say when, we say how much…” These are the words of Kit a minor character explaining to Vivienne( played by Julia Roberts) in the movie Pretty Woman about the nuances of their trade. Both of them are prostitutes. The dialogue sounds terrific, very empowering and…absolutely unrealistic. But movies are havens of escapist comfort and as we[Read More…]

by 06/12/2018 1 comment Patriarchy
Smash Patriarchy, Brahmanical or otherwise

Smash Patriarchy, Brahmanical or otherwise

tr Lakhs of women across the world, including in the developed western countries, rallied and joined demonstrations, to mark the UN’s International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 24. It is well known that patriarchy reigns around the world, East or West, and irrespective of religion, and irrespective of caste in India and South Asia, with variation[Read More…]

by 03/12/2018 2 comments Patriarchy
#MeToo-The Widening Discourse

#MeToo-The Widening Discourse

The # MeToo movement may have started out in the West but in the true spirit of ‘ sisterhood’ it has managed to draw in women set apart at least geographically…In India the first salvo was fired by Tanushree Dutta, an actor in the Indian film industry, who naturally was counter questioned by every passionate, concerned patriarchal voice who thought[Read More…]

by 29/11/2018 1 comment Patriarchy
Paid leave for domestic violence survivors can help break the cycle of violence against women

Paid leave for domestic violence survivors can help break the cycle of violence against women

To mark the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women (IDEVAW) and 16 Days of Activism (25 November to 10 December), public sector unions launched a campaign to demand paid leave for all survivors of domestic violence. This is a part of efforts to strengthen labour laws and policies that can help stop violence and harassment. “While the #MeToo movement[Read More…]

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Smash Brahmanical Patriarchy

Smash Brahmanical Patriarchy

Smash Brahmanical Patriarchy has created a lot of hurt among the ‘liberal’ brahmins while the hardcore are threatening twitter to apologise. A privileged brahmin journalist wrote that it has become a norm to ‘blame’ brahmins who are a ‘minority’ community. She compared attacking brahmanism to Nazi treatment to jews during Hitler’s regime. If I am not wrong, Hitler was never[Read More…]

by 21/11/2018 6 comments Patriarchy
Gender Crusader or Market Moron, will the real Jack Dorsey stand up?

Gender Crusader or Market Moron, will the real Jack Dorsey stand up?

“We’re committing Twitter to help increase the collective health, openness, and civility of public conversation, and to hold ourselves publicly accountable towards progress” – says the pinned tweet of Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter Inc. It appears grand, socially sensitive and super cool. A giant social media platform ‘committed’ to ‘public conversation’ for the sake of ‘progress’? That’s just wow.[Read More…]

by 21/11/2018 1 comment Patriarchy
#Nicaragua #SouthKorea #HanyangUniversity #DongwoonHan

#Nicaragua #SouthKorea #HanyangUniversity #DongwoonHan

This is a story that needs a little background because as the story the background is equally important. I went to Oslo in 2010 to study a Master program at the Oslo University College (now Oslo Metropolitan University). Like any other European city, a lot of international students go to study in Oslo (and in Norway). Because of my inclination[Read More…]

by 20/11/2018 1 comment Patriarchy
MeToo India: A Small Step For A Long Way Ahead

MeToo India: A Small Step For A Long Way Ahead

While sifting through my Instagram feeds, I accidently stumbled upon a weird video of the actress Rakhi Sawant in which she wears a chain and a lock around her waist. In the video, she mocks every other woman coming out with the stories of the sexual abuse suffered at the hands of men and disparagingly suggests women to wear a[Read More…]

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New Delhi: Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information & Broadcasting, M  Venkaiah Naidu interacting with the media on GST, in New Delhi on Friday. PTI Photo(PTI7_7_2017_000043B)

Will  #MeToo call Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu?

The  courageous  all-India  Me-too  campaign  has  nailed  powerful   male  personalities  ranging   from  film  directors  and  actors   to  media  journalists  and   political  leaders.  I  expect  the  veteran  Congress  politician  Renuka  Chowdhury  to  join  the  campaign,  since  according  to  her  own  account  she  had  suffered  sexist  remarks  from  no  less  a  person  than   India’s  present  Vice-President   Venkaiah  Naidu. To  recount,  in  March [Read More…]

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Love Patriarchy, Hail Hindu Rashtra !

Love Patriarchy, Hail Hindu Rashtra !

From Hindu Code Bill to Sabarimala via Roop Kanwar ’s Sati — keeping women subjugated under the cloak of tradition It was mid-eighties when a eighteen year old Roop Kanwar’s burning on the pyre of her husband – under controversial circumstances – had made national headlines. There was national outrage over the incident because more than 150 years after the[Read More…]

by 27/10/2018 0 comments Patriarchy
“Because you are a woman?”: On the furore over Sabarimala

“Because you are a woman?”: On the furore over Sabarimala

In the centuries old struggle for justice and dignity, the question of women has always been at the centre, because in spite of forming half of humanity, they have always been wronged by the other half of it. Condemned as weak and inferior, their role was at most, that of being vassals to their self-proclaimed superiors. In our part of[Read More…]

by 26/10/2018 0 comments Patriarchy
Sabarimala: Law Alone Cannot Transform the Social Order

Sabarimala: Law Alone Cannot Transform the Social Order

The controversy on women’s entry to the Sabarimala temple has once again drawn attention to the intricacies of social change. One speaks of social change in general, not merely of gender equality. One cannot but support the aspiration for equality that Sabarimala represents. But one is also left with the impression that it is one more case of people from[Read More…]

by 26/10/2018 1 comment Patriarchy
‘Sabarimala ‘ and ‘#MeToo – exposition of deep malice in society

‘Sabarimala ‘ and ‘#MeToo – exposition of deep malice in society

This is a rare phase in history where women are fearlessly voicing their rights despite the obstacles raised by male chauvinists. While many people are applauding the movements some are either deriding or expressing some apprehensions. The movements have not only brought out tales of exploitation of women but also exposed caste contradiction and communal discrimination to the fore. As[Read More…]

by 26/10/2018 0 comments Patriarchy
Kerala’s #MeToo Moment

Kerala’s #MeToo Moment

The ongoing #MeToo revelations have rattled the Kerala society and taken down some names with it. Prominent among them are veteran journalist and resident of The Hindu in Kerala, C.Gouridasan Nair, the co-founder and secretary of India’s Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Riyas Komu and poet A. Ayyappan. Gouridasan Nair was relieved of his duties and forced to go on leave after Delhi[Read More…]

by 25/10/2018 1 comment Patriarchy
Culture of Sexism and Misogyny in India’s leading Law Institute

Culture of Sexism and Misogyny in India’s leading Law Institute

Over the past two week, #MeToo has bared some powerful men in Indian media and entertainment industry over alleged sexual misconduct, assault and harassment, however it is important to look at, a crowd sourced List of Sexual Harassment Accused (LoSha) made public exactly a year ago in October 2017, when the #MeToo campaign actually kicked off in India. The List[Read More…]

Will Metoo movement in India challenge brahmanical patriarchy

Will Metoo movement in India challenge brahmanical patriarchy

The Minister has spoken about her #metoo. Yes, in 2004 it was the two female ministers who did a #metoo when they thought that Mrs Sonia Gandhi might become the prime minister of the country. Ms Sushma Swaraj and Ms Uma Bharati threatened that if that happen that they would live like ‘widows’ by shaving their head and doing so[Read More…]

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#MeToo In India Is Just A Tip Of An Iceberg And It Has Shaken The Patriarchy To Its Core

#MeToo In India Is Just A Tip Of An Iceberg And It Has Shaken The Patriarchy To Its Core

India is witnessing the crucial change where a few women courageously came out with their experience of sexual harrassment they have faced at their work placeand shared with the hastag #MeToo on the social media. Though, their number is small, yet the movement is reaching and spreading out. Still, what is being shared is just the tip of iceberg. There[Read More…]

by 23/10/2018 1 comment Patriarchy
India’s #MeToo Moment

India’s #MeToo Moment

Last year when more than 70 women came out with allegations of sexual harassment against celebrated movie producer Harvey Weinstein, the #MeToo Movement originally started by Tarana Burke succeeded in grabbing headlines. But Weinstein was not the only one who faced such accusations. Many other actors were accused of sexual harassment. Some like Kevin Spacey of House of Cards fame[Read More…]

by 23/10/2018 1 comment Patriarchy
Why I say Indian #MeToo Movement is just a hip adjustment in “Status Quo” ?

Why I say Indian #MeToo Movement is just a hip adjustment in “Status Quo” ?

Before we talk and discuss these perceivably status quo challenging movements, we are loud and clear that we have no contention in expressing full sympathies for every woman on the globe who undergo traumatic experiences due to their contact with the respective interaction points with Male chauvinists. This #MeToo movement is actually a movement imported from west started a year[Read More…]

by 22/10/2018 0 comments Patriarchy
#Me Too

#Me Too

Not a single one of us can’t say Me Too. Not once, twice or thrice, Each of us were several times.   I was a little girl of seven, buying a loaf of bread Some uncle came from the back, Pressed his crotch in my butt crack. I squirmed and looked at others for help, With their business as usual[Read More…]

by 20/10/2018 0 comments Patriarchy
#MeToo movement: Fears of backlash are unfounded

#MeToo movement: Fears of backlash are unfounded

For the last few days, #MeToo movement has picked up momentum and many women are coming out with horrific tales of severe harassment in their past lives. They are not afraid anymore to expose famous persons including those at ministerial levels. As a senior journalist Neeraja Chowdhury opined  ( An exit, a beginning, updated October 18, 2018, indianexpress.com), ” The[Read More…]

by 19/10/2018 3 comments Patriarchy
#TheyToo

#TheyToo

The persistence of ‘Me Too’ as used by Tarana Burke in 2006, was to endow women through empathy, mainly young and helpless women. In October 2017, Alyssa Milano refreshed using the catchphrase as a #tagMeToo, to help reveal the extent of problems with sexual harassment and assault by displayinghow many people have faced these events by themselves.Several #tags about sharing stories of[Read More…]

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Women In Rural India: The Long Road To Power

Women In Rural India: The Long Road To Power

  International Day of Rural Women–15 October The empowerment of rural women and girls is essential to building a prosperous    equitable and peaceful future for all on a healthy planet — UN Secretary-General, António Guterres Gender inequality is not only a pressing moral and social issue but also a critical economic challenge. India has a larger relative economic value at stake[Read More…]

by 16/10/2018 0 comments Patriarchy
#MeToo Campaign  must take recourse to legal means

#MeToo Campaign  must take recourse to legal means

It is good enough rather necessary, requisite and a need of hour that women have came forward to report the cases of sexual harassment. It is indeed a step towards women empowerment. This campaign should have proceeded and contined with an aim and object to create awareness among women and make them feel empowered by registering such cases in police[Read More…]

by 12/10/2018 0 comments Patriarchy
The Girls Do YELL! – A Season of Sexual Allegations in India

The Girls Do YELL! – A Season of Sexual Allegations in India

  Indian media has few pet topics that come with its own season. The universal themes for such season are Indian Muslims, Kashmir and Pakistan. Rape is another topic that has its own season though it comes in daily doses. Breaking the monotony of seasonal news feed a ‘new season’ has now in Indian media. This is allegation of sexual[Read More…]

by 12/10/2018 0 comments Patriarchy
Sexual Assault and Abuse

Sexual Assault and Abuse

Sexual assault and abuse have happened to me seven times. The incidents all took place when I was younger. They occurred when I was eighteen years old and in my twenties. One: I was on a rush hour subway in Manhattan. I felt a gooey sticky wad of something hit the backs of my legs. It was sperm from a[Read More…]

by 30/09/2018 1 comment Patriarchy
 Women Need Revolution— Not Revenge!

 Women Need Revolution— Not Revenge!

In a recent New York Times column, Jennifer Weiner plumbed the depths of her fury at the lifetime of patriarchal insult and injury faced by her and all women. But rather than aim her fury at ending sexual assault, violence against women, and the system that gives rise to it, she plunges headlong into a gruesome, small-minded vision of revenge.[Read More…]

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Punished for Speaking up?: Battle against Casting Couch in Telugu Film Industry

Punished for Speaking up?: Battle against Casting Couch in Telugu Film Industry

Co-Written by Boddu Srujana & Boddu Bhaskar It’s been a long journey which we often hear about actors coming out on the existence of casting couch in film industries. Just earlier, in the past year did we come across on allegations of sexual harassment against the Hollywood film magnate Harvey Weinstein. Several actresses and artists came upfront in detailing the[Read More…]

by 25/09/2018 0 comments Patriarchy
Overruling of Section 377 of IPC: Implications for Feminist Queer Politics

Overruling of Section 377 of IPC: Implications for Feminist Queer Politics

September 6th, 2018 will perhaps be memorable in the history of socio-political struggles in India, not only as an achievement of LGBTIQKHA+ organising and movement, but as a legitimization of principles of democracy, the fundamental rights of equality, justice and freedom. Freedom of choice, right to form ‘companionships’, ‘be it physical, mental, sexual emotional’ (all quotes from Navtej Singh Johar[Read More…]

by 21/09/2018 1 comment Patriarchy
Kochi:  Nuns protest against the delay in action against Roman Catholic Church Bishop alleged accused of sexually exploiting a nun in Kochi, Saturday, Sept 08, 2018. (PTI Photo)(PTI9_8_2018_000180B) *** Local Caption ***

Historic Strike By Catholic Nuns In Kerala, Against A Rape Accused Bishop

Beset with allegation of sexual abuse of minors by its clergy from around the world, Catholic Church is facing an unprecedented protest in Kerala, India. A group of nuns are on a week long protest in Kochi demanding justice for a fellow nun who was raped by the Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal. It’s the first time in the history of[Read More…]

 Adult Homosexuality No More A Crime In India

 Adult Homosexuality No More A Crime In India

On September 6, 2018, the Supreme Court of India in a historic judgment Navtej Singh Johar v. Union of India heralded a new dawn for the personal liberty in India as it decriminalised section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860. It is thought to be a major victory for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community in India. It did[Read More…]

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Historic Supreme Court Verdict: Homosexuality No Longer A Crime In India

Historic Supreme Court Verdict: Homosexuality No Longer A Crime In India

Supreme Court of India has ruled to decriminalise gay sex, in an historic and unanimous verdict handed down by a five-judge panel that will have a profound impact both here in India and across the world. The court ruled that consensual sex between adults of any gender was no longer deemed a crime. Until now, gay sex had been punishable[Read More…]

Pornography is America’s misguided ghoul

Pornography is America’s misguided ghoul

The conjugal act—the act of sexual intercourse—bring humanity into existence and sets in motion the next generations of society. Healthy societies maintain their stability by channeling the sexual energies of young adults into marriage, an institution that legitimizes sexual intercourse, protects the children that are the fruit of intercourse, and channels the giving and receiving of sexual pleasure in a[Read More…]

by 05/09/2018 1 comment Patriarchy
Understanding Domestic Violence against Women

Understanding Domestic Violence against Women

  Haya Nahin Hai Zamane Ki Ankh Mein Baqi Khuda Kare Ke Jawani Teri Rahe Be-Dagh (Iqbal)             Violence against woman is a universal phenomenon. The main idea behind this article is to see the multiple forms of violence against women prevalent in our society. Resorting to cruel treatment like sexual assault against her done by her brother-in-law, father-in-law, cousin,[Read More…]

by 03/09/2018 1 comment Patriarchy
Womanhood – Celebration or a Curse !

Womanhood – Celebration or a Curse !

#ALLWOMENBLEED a hashtag coined by prabha raj @deepsealioness on twitter sets the mood for these words that flow through … The capacity and strength of a woman to be herself standing tall in her femininity has been made wrong since time immemorial ! Against all odds whether it be mythology or fact it has been a woman who takes blame[Read More…]

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Shelter Homes or Hell Holes ?

Shelter Homes or Hell Holes ?

Jabbar Patel’s  ” Subah ” in Hindi  & ” Umbartha ” in Marathi was a film, which won many awards. In that movie, Smita Patil plays the role of the in charge of a shelter home for women. She discovers that a local MLA has been abusing the inmates of the home for his lust.Umbartha was released way back in 1982. Jabbar Patel knew, about the[Read More…]

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Section 497 of IPC is Archaic

Section 497 of IPC is Archaic

Co-Written by Snehil Kunwar Singh & Bhaskar Kumar A Constitution bench of the Supreme Court (SC) comprising of 5-judges headed by the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra is examining the constitutional validity of S.497 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). This 158-year-old criminal provision is said to be archaic which promotes gender inequality and patriarchy. It reads, “Whosoever[Read More…]

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Why Sharia Courts Are Unconstitutional

Why Sharia Courts Are Unconstitutional

Co-Written by Snehil Kunwar Singh & Bhaskar Kumar Few days ago, the All India Muslim Personal Board (AIMPLB) expressed its desire to establish Darul-Qaza (Sharia courts) in all districts of the country in order to provide speedy adjudication in matters of Muslim men and women as per the Islamic laws. The Government of India rejected the request by AIMPLB. In[Read More…]

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Female Genital Mutilation And Women’s Rights

Female Genital Mutilation And Women’s Rights

Co-Written by Bhaskar Kumar & Snehil Kunwar Singh A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court (SC) comprising CJI Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud are to conclude hearing on a PIL seeking complete ban on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Practice of FGM also known as ‘Khatna’ is highly prevalent among Dawoodi Bohra community among Muslim Shia. Also[Read More…]

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It is Not Just patriarchy ….Misogyny …. Atrocity ….. It is more than that !

It is Not Just patriarchy ….Misogyny …. Atrocity ….. It is more than that !

‘I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection’ Sigmund Freud Condemning rapes and harassment of women has become a routine with increase of these cases over the years. Among the ten countries reporting incidents of rape, nations like America, Canada, Sweden and UK appear in the list ( wonderlist.com ,Ejaz Khan).[Read More…]

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Section 377 or Why Shikhandi Needs to Go

Section 377 or Why Shikhandi Needs to Go

Today was the day many of us have been waiting for since 2013. That was the year the Supreme Court re-criminalised homosexuality. That case was set to be re-opened today with much anticipation. Petitioner for the respondents advocate Mr. Rohatgi and advocate Dattar represented the side of those appealing for reading down of IPC Section 377. In 2013 the SC[Read More…]

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Revisiting Adultery Judgments in India

Revisiting Adultery Judgments in India

Starting on the 10th of July, the hearings on four important constitutional cases shall begin in the Supreme Court of India. Joseph Shine v. Union of India, one of the four cases, pertains to the constitutional validity of the Adultery Law in India. In this context, it becomes pertinent to revisit the Adultery Law in India and the judicial and[Read More…]

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Feminism and Revolution: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Feminism and Revolution: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Since the stirring of “second wave” feminism a half century ago, the movement has become progressively more inclusive and systemic. Early on, Marxist-feminists argued that true women’s liberation required transcending both patriarchy and capitalism, and thus a politics at once feminist and anti-classist was essential. Soon, they, too, were challenged to broaden their theory and practice to acknowledge oppressions arising[Read More…]

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Harassment of Women in workplaces – many cases go unreported

Harassment of Women in workplaces – many cases go unreported

With women entering job market, sexual abuse and harassment has increased. But, many women choose to keep ‘ silent ‘ on their exploitation by male higher authorities and management or superiors. This is mainly due to fear of job safety, undermined by their own colleagues and lack of support if they come out openly. Punam Sehgal and Aastha Dang (2017)[Read More…]

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(Photo: Facebook Screengrab | Suchitra Dey)

Trans genders – The stigmatized gender

Suchitra Dey, formerly known as Hiranmey Dey, underwent a sex-reassignment surgery last year. She has an MA degree in Geography as well as in English and has also done her B.Ed. She teaches in a private school in Kolkata. In a recent interview, she talked to The Indian Express about her job interview experiences with some schools around Kolkata. Recounting[Read More…]

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Problems of ‘single ‘ women  

Problems of ‘single ‘ women  

As atrocities on women are rising, it is becoming increasing unsafe for women to live without fear. The foindings of a global perception poll conducted by Thomson Reuters Foundation, a charity which surveyed 558 experts on women’s issues in order to  assess nations on overall safety of women found that India is the least safe country. ( Tish Sanghera, June[Read More…]

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The Cult of 56-Inches and Toxic Masculinity

The Cult of 56-Inches and Toxic Masculinity

The cult of 56 inches does not symbolize courage or strength, it portrays toxic masculinity. And toxic masculinity is not normal.It must be resisted. When Simon de Beauvoir[1] wrote about becoming women’ she was referring to the notion of social construction of a person as a woman. Similarly, masculinity is also related to the notion of becoming aman’ in a[Read More…]

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It Is Not Okay Uncle!!

It Is Not Okay Uncle!!

Why do we deny it? Why do we accept it? Why is it so prevalent? Molestation by a known person is widely prevalent and is somehow, unfortunately acceptable and is considered unavoidable in family structures. As a victim of this heinous act, you can cry out to your mother or husband or friend about it…. And they will all either[Read More…]

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‘Honour Killing’ Of A Dalit Youth Shocks Kerala

‘Honour Killing’ Of A Dalit Youth Shocks Kerala

Swami Vivekananda Kerala a ‘lunatic asylum’ 125 years ago because of its stringent caste system. It seems it holds true in more than one sense after the ‘honour killing’ of a young dalit bridegroom, Kevin P. Joseph, in Kottayam. Kevin and Neenu, a second year B.Com student had got married at a civil marriage ceremony on May 24. Neenu’s family[Read More…]

Why we need gender sensitive trade policies?

Why we need gender sensitive trade policies?

Holding on to the assumptions and apprehensions tightly may deny us, many a times, the opportunity to assess the concerns and constructive possibilities that lie ahead. This specially holds relevance in many domains of economic policy making in a development paradigm which require us to construct multidimensional, holistic approaches that not only go beyond the obvious but takes into account[Read More…]

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The Politics of Pink

The Politics of Pink

“But my favourite colour is pink Mamma”, he said with pleading eyes for the umpteenth time. “I know, but blue is such a lovely colour. And grey, black, green are also so nice”, she tried persuading him. “No, I like pink and purple. I want to buy those pink shoes”, he persisted. “Pink is a very girlie colour, you know.[Read More…]

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‘ Legalizing ‘ Abuse

‘ Legalizing ‘ Abuse

Now – a- days, the news of rapes and other forms of atrocities have become daily routine. While the number of crimes is rising, number of arrests, let alone convictions, is not increasing. Women and girls are losing confidence in the system. They are being abused in public by male with impunity. If one goes by the ruling of Chattisgarh[Read More…]

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Dear Asifa…..

Dear Asifa…..

Dear Asifa, I have lost count of the endless letters I have written in my mind’s note pad to you since last month. There were so many moments when thoughts about you, the special life you led in the short time you lived and the memories shared by your parents and friends made me want to talk to you. But[Read More…]

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A street play against witch-hunting in a village in West Midnapore- Photo Credit/ Telegraph India

Witch-hunting with Impunity

“Witch-hunting  is a modern phenomenon with ancient  roots. We are perhaps familiar of people being branded as witches in medieval times when certain people were labelled as ‘witches’ and executed across Europe, Africa and Asia. The victims included Joan of Arc, who was burnt alive at the stake, at the  age of 19 for heresy, on 30 May 1431.” But[Read More…]

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Yasha Is Not Weak!

Yasha Is Not Weak!

Like every day, the narrow lane was filled with the loud laughter and giggles of the children running around that evening. Just like every other big society or play area, there were two groups among the children, those who played the rugged games… mostly boys and a rare girl or two and the girls gang with a rare boy. Yasha,[Read More…]

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‘ Legalizing ‘ Abuse

‘ Legalizing ‘ Abuse

  Now – a- days, the news of rapes and other forms of atrocities have become daily routine. While the number of crimes is rising, number of arrests, let alone convictions, is not increasing. Women and girls are losing confidence in the system.  They are being abused in public by male  with impunity. If one goes by the ruling of [Read More…]

by 04/05/2018 3 comments Patriarchy
No Strings Attached Love For Our Sons

No Strings Attached Love For Our Sons

Many parents unknowingly deprive their sons of pure and selfless love after a certain age. A son, unfortunately, is often treated like an asset, an investment or ‘an adhikar’. And a few things done for him are somewhere, unwittingly motivated by the selfish desire for a return on the emotional or monetary investment. Phrases like ‘shravan kumar’ and ‘agyakari beta’[Read More…]

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Bharat Ki Beti Nahi Banenge

Bharat Ki Beti Nahi Banenge

The question of sexual violence, its systemic nature, its links to political power, its role in nation and community building – have all been thrown back to us with the rape and murder of 8-year old Asifa Bano in January this year. What followed the filing of the chargesheet and arrest of the accused has again made clear the Hindu[Read More…]

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Republic Of Rape

Republic Of Rape

  Republishing a letter written to a friend abroad enquiring about the horrific gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old student in the Indian capital New Delhi five years ago. Nothing has really changed in India since then it seems, going by the continuing spree of rape – including by self-styled religious ‘Godmen’. Dear Joanna, Thanks for your letter. Yes,[Read More…]

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Fair & Lovely?

Fair & Lovely?

“Chachi, you are so lucky ya. I must say you really married a handsome hunk.” chirped Sonia. “Your boys are so cute and fair and handsome, just like Chacha.” Meenal had heard this so many times before. In the fifteen years of her marriage, she had heard similar statements from friends, family and mere acquaintances a thousand times. Actually no.[Read More…]

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End Political Impunity to Rapists

End Political Impunity to Rapists

We strongly condemn the recent incidents of rape and sexual violence in the country: the rape of an 8-year old girl in Kathua, Jammu, of a 15-year old in Unnao, UP, of a tea-shop owner as well as 15 year old girl in Meghalaya, of an 11-year old girl in Surat, Gujarat, a 15-year old in Faridabad whose corpse was[Read More…]

Asifa’s Just Killers!

Asifa’s Just Killers!

The cry seeking justice for Asifa is becoming stronger and deeper. From Delhi to the United Nations, from social and civil rights organizations to civil society citizens, more and more people  are out on the streets shouting slogans and demanding justice for Asifa. The social media is parading her pictures, right from happier times to the horrifying end; protesters unfurl their[Read More…]

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Communalising Rape

Communalising Rape

Rape as an instrument of terror will be detrimental to the social fabric Woman/ girl child, the indispensable part of our society continues to survive under the apprehension of fear. Females are soft-targets of violence ranging from domestic to sexual. But the sexual violence particularly rape is most common. Continually,headlines regarding sexual crimes against females, irrespective of their age appear[Read More…]

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By DonkeyHotey (Stormy Daniels - Caricature) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The public perception of Stormy Daniels, “porn stars” and “hookers.”

“The reasons a woman only has to make one porn film to be a ‘porn star’ are similar to the reasons a man has only to sign on the dotted government line to be a ‘war hero’. The ‘war hero’ and ‘porn star’ are calculated lies told by exploiters to keep expendable flesh walking through their doors.” (Samantha Berg) I’ve[Read More…]

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“Where Are The Vociferous Women Now?”

“Where Are The Vociferous Women Now?”

It is the same women who raised hell over Nirbhaya’s rape and murder during UPA rule; the same ones who speak out of turn in matters that remotely do not concern them, the same ones who keep talking about gender justice. Sushma Swaraj, Smriti Irani, Nirmala Seetharaman, Shaina NC, Meenaxi Lekhi, Kirron Kher…the whole lot of them. Afisa and the[Read More…]

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Justice for Kathua Victim

Justice for Kathua Victim

(This heinous crime has shaken the conscience of the entire world. The most important part now is that justice must not only be done but must appear to have been done!) The savagery and brutalization done with an innocent eight year old girl in a place of worship is an unparalleled crime which goes beyond condemnation. One shudders to think[Read More…]

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Rapes around the country – A citizen Safety Perspective

Rapes around the country – A citizen Safety Perspective

Today, as I write this, the country is outraged at rapes seemingly happening around the country and causing outrage- in Kathua, Unnao, Surat and now Etah. Nothing has much changed since December 2012 when the rape and murder of a 21-year-old college student on a bus in New Delhi shook the conscience of the entire nation. The incident led to[Read More…]

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The Unintentional Extremist: Israel Folau, the Bible and Homophobia

The Unintentional Extremist: Israel Folau, the Bible and Homophobia

What limits opinions?  Especially by sportspeople, who are often confused for geniuses of the mind and ambassadors of tact outside their very limited field of endeavour.  (Yes, he can dribble a ball with sigh-inducing majesty, so he must know a thing or so about social and intellectual problems.) The obverse tends to be true.  The sporting personality, presuming it exists,[Read More…]

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Extreme Atrocities – Violence On Girls

Extreme Atrocities – Violence On Girls

  Atrocities on women including rapes and murders have been discussed and debated at length. Also, violence on girls and girl- child have been highlighted many times. But, these days, girls below teen age are not only raped and tortured for days but also killed in a most grotesque way. Any word, whether ‘ terrible ‘ or ‘ horrific ‘[Read More…]

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En/Countering the Politics of Rape in India

En/Countering the Politics of Rape in India

  Rape culture exists due to the society’s obsession with female bodies as a site to demonstrate power. Rape is unleashed onto a female body to proclaim that a woman has no ownership over her own body and that, she should never desire sex. By doing so, men convert a woman’s body into flesh that is tortured, mutilated, raped and[Read More…]

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Unnao Rape Case Highlights Important Issues

Unnao Rape Case Highlights Important Issues

The way the Unnao Case was handled where accusations are on a BJP MLA that a teenage girl was gang raped is show of the poor police and civil administration in the state. It also shows how the poor and weak are treated in the country by protective institutions like police and civil administration. Now the probe has been handed[Read More…]

We Are All Dead, My Child

We Are All Dead, My Child

In this land of the dead You are the only one who is alive my child Don’t look askance at these faces with those horror stricken eyes For how will they answer you, they are nothing but corpses themselves They died the day they traded your pain with their own false insecurities They died the day they killed the God[Read More…]

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Failing Public Justice System in India and the Powerful Rapists and Murderers of Unnao!

Failing Public Justice System in India and the Powerful Rapists and Murderers of Unnao!

What happened in Unnao? Latest reports from the Unnao town in the Uttar Pradesh state of India narrate a shocking story of gang rape of a minor girl and the subsequent horrific murder of her father who tried to get justice to his daughter through India’s public justice system. Though the case is under investigation and only the investigating agencies[Read More…]

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Hadiya, Priya Varrier And The Legal Objectification Of The Young Indian Woman

Hadiya, Priya Varrier And The Legal Objectification Of The Young Indian Woman

On Mar 8, 2018, after an unnecessarily protracted wait, the Supreme Court of India passed an order holding that the High Court of Kerala should not have annulled the marriage of Hadiya to Shafin Jahan in a Habeas Corpus petition under Article 226 of the Constitution of India. The judgment of the High Court was set aside, and Hadiya was ‘allowed’[Read More…]

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Photo by Sebastian Anthony

As Women, Are We Really Economically Empowered? A view from the point of view of Tourism

Do we enjoy the same quality of life as our male counterparts? How can we, when the figures of women in infleuntial positions tell us otherwise? Assuming that they are in those positions, it is a open secret that women are paid 25% less than men and in many cases much lessor.   Some of the data regarding women  are self[Read More…]

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Disabled women and sexual violence

Disabled women and sexual violence

Sexual violence against women has been talked about on many occasions but the abuse meted out to disabled has not been addressed adequately. Specially, the women with intellectual disability suffer the most. They have to face male domination without even realising the dangers posed by sexual abuse by male. According to a report in theprint.in, the risk of sexual abuse[Read More…]

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Zapatista women take the stage to deliver their speeches collectively from each Caracol, or administrative center. (WNV/Shirin Hess)

Zapatista Women Inspire The Fight Against Patriarchy

Dawn had only just broken over the mountains. While most of the women and children on the camping grounds were still asleep, others were already wide awake, huddling together in the first rays of sunlight and drinking coffee. To a casual observer, this place might have seemed similar to any mainstream festival campsite. A distinguishing factor, however, was that there[Read More…]

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No Wages For Love: Women’s Rights Within Families And Changing Economic Paradigm

No Wages For Love: Women’s Rights Within Families And Changing Economic Paradigm

  The neoliberal economy has changed the manner in which labour, love and relationshipshave been recognized,appreciated and structured in a society. The economic crisis which has cropped up in recent years, where the employment is shrinking, the economy is deteriorating, the common people are left with little options to earn their livelihoods and the state is rolling back from its[Read More…]

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Sexual Harassment And Assault In University Spaces And Colleges

Sexual Harassment And Assault In University Spaces And Colleges

Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) stands firmly with all those who have come forward to report their experiences of sexual harassment and assault in university spaces and colleges across the country by male faculty members. The feminist movement has acknowledged that there is no one way to seek justice and each complainant must have the autonomy to[Read More…]

Zapatista women and thousands of women from around the world listen to the opening address kicking off the first International Political, Artistic, Sporting, and Cultural Gathering of Women who Struggle in the Zapatista Caracol in the Tzots Choj region, Chiapas, Mexico, March 8, 2018. Photo by Heather Gies

The Zapatistas’ First International Gathering of Women Who Struggle

Women insurgents wearing the Zapatista’s iconic black balaclavas greeted thousands of women from over four dozen countries at the entrance to the Zapatista Caracol in the highlands of Chiapas under a vibrant banner reading “Welcome women of the world.” The insurgents ushered visitors through gates emblazoned with red stars and the letters EZLN into what would be a women-only space[Read More…]

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Women And Class Struggles – Time For Introspection

Women And Class Struggles – Time For Introspection

” By propagating women’s nature as non – violent they are discouraging women from becoming fighters in the struggle for their own liberation and that of society ..” Anuradha Ghandy , “Philosophical Trends in the Feminist Movement ( Part I) International women’s day is one of the many occasions to debate various pros and cons of present feminist movements and[Read More…]

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Periyar – Pioneer of Radical Feminism

Periyar – Pioneer of Radical Feminism

Feminism took root with the aim of establishing social, political and economic equality between men and women. Based on how one tackles the problem of gender equality, feminism took various forms such as, Liberal Feminism, Radical Feminism, Marxist or Socialist Feminism and Cultural Feminism. Propagating various revolutionary thoughts to annihilate male chauvinism by identifying the root cause for various forms[Read More…]

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Marriage And Patriarchy

Marriage And Patriarchy

It was while discussing ways to thwart my parent’s plans of getting me married that one of my friend said, “Doesn’t saying yes to marriage equate saying yes to patriarchy? I mean how different are the two?” The more we delved into the question, the more we found the two similar. But it would be wrong not to contextualise the[Read More…]

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“Costless” Fatherhood And CFSWs’ Children

“Costless” Fatherhood And CFSWs’ Children

‘Fatherhood’ is a status attained by having a child and it is irrevocable. The term, fatherhood in contemporary research is used interchangeably with the kins fathering- childbearing roles, activities, duties and responsibilities that fathers are expected to perform and fulfill regardless of whether they carry out by biological or non-biological fathers. Therefore, fatherhood is primarily nothing but responsibility and obligation,[Read More…]

by 06/03/2018 1 comment Patriarchy
Stop This Shaming Of Menstruation

Stop This Shaming Of Menstruation

(CNS): The photograph accompanying this article, was clicked on Chinese New Year (16th February 2018) in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It is a signpost/ notice written in Thai, English and Chinese (in that order) in a temple, having a statue of Ganesha, situated in the heart of the city in front of Maya Mall. I reproduce the English version: “1. Women[Read More…]

by 01/03/2018 1 comment Patriarchy
Freedom of Movement for Girls : A Significant Victory in a Small Place and the Larger Issues Involved

Freedom of Movement for Girls : A Significant Victory in a Small Place and the Larger Issues Involved

  Rohtak may not be a prominent city on the map of India but is, all the same, an important city and major hub of education in Haryana. In the very recent past it was witness to an unprecedented development on the campus of one of the foremost universities of the state, once again forcing one to think about the[Read More…]

by 01/03/2018 1 comment Patriarchy
 Zainab and Asifa: Living In Darker Times

 Zainab and Asifa: Living In Darker Times

We are living in darker times and these are turning more darker with each passing day. Killing of children in conflict zones like Kashmir, Palestine, Syria, Afghanistan is continuing with no stop to these. From 2008 onwards in Kashmir we have seen in popular uprisings, how children have been killed and blinded by state backed forces. Year after year, we[Read More…]

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 Some Thoughts on Sorting Out the Controversy Around Aziz Ansari, Sexual Relations, and Getting Beyond Both Patriarchy and Revenge

 Some Thoughts on Sorting Out the Controversy Around Aziz Ansari, Sexual Relations, and Getting Beyond Both Patriarchy and Revenge

  Recent months have seen a righteous outpouring against the pervasive abuse, harassment, sexual assault, discrimination, humiliation, and degradation women are forced to endure in every realm of life. This is extremely positive and takes on heightened importance in light of—and, no doubt, is fueled by—the ugly shock of Trump, a bragging sexual predator, assuming the presidency and using the[Read More…]

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Budget Shines A Flashlight On India’s Poor Women

Budget Shines A Flashlight On India’s Poor Women

Gender inequality is not only a pressing moral and social issue but also a critical economic challenge. India has a larger relative economic value at stake from advancing gender equality than any of the ten regions analysed in a McKinsey Global Institute report, The Power of Parity: How Advancing Women’s Equality Can add $12 Trillion To Global Growth. The report[Read More…]

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Credit: Mickey Z.

How to (really) Help Homeless Women

For my entire adult life, I’ve tried to help homeless people. For years, I wrote for Street News — a once-popular advocacy newspaper mostly produced and sold by homeless people in New York City. I’ve spoken at rallies in support of homeless people from coast to coast. Mostly, I never left my house without a pocket full of change to give out[Read More…]

by 02/02/2018 1 comment Patriarchy
Women Head India’s Village Republics

Women Head India’s Village Republics

  Not long after Nirmala Geghate took over as sarpanch in Wanoja, a remote hamlet in northern Maharashtra, groups of young men stopped hanging out in front of the   shop at the village square, where they used to ogle and catcall female laborers who walked by in dusty saris. There were several ripple effects of the new found women power[Read More…]

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When Women Succeed, We All Succeed

When Women Succeed, We All Succeed

  In an ashram perched high on a hill above the city of Guwahati is a small exhibit commemorating the life of India’s most famous son. Alongside a bed  where Mahatma Gandhi himself  slept is a display reminding visitors of something the man himself said in 1921: “Of all the evils for which man has made himself responsible, none is so[Read More…]

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Crimes Against Women: Passing The Buck Isn’t A Solution

Crimes Against Women: Passing The Buck Isn’t A Solution

From every nook and corner of the world, a term; “Progress and Development” resounds regularly. Over this term, there is existing competition among nations. Nations strive hard; utilize a big chunk of their budget on this name. However, the concept of progress and development we hold lets us down at once especially the moment we experience moral bankruptcy, discrimination, injustice,[Read More…]

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Frightened Roses!

Frightened Roses!

                                      Ay Chaand Yahan Na Nikla Kar! Yeh  Des Hai Andhe Lougoo Ka! (O! moon. Do not Rise here! Our’s  is a country of Blinds!)          These verses of Habib Jaalib are a fair display of our contemporary world. The[Read More…]

by 21/01/2018 2 comments Kashmir, Patriarchy
Kasur’s Zainab And The Tragedy Beyond

Kasur’s Zainab And The Tragedy Beyond

The recent dastardly incidents of the rape and murder of Zainab in Kasur, Pakistan, Ayesha in Mardan, Pakistan, Asifa in Kathua, two young girls in Jind and Panipat in Harayana, and also the unabated rape incidents in other parts of India, have and must shock us all. Here in Kashmir, as we are yet to come to terms with the[Read More…]

by 21/01/2018 1 comment Patriarchy, South Asia
The Triple Talaq Conundrum

The Triple Talaq Conundrum

  Of all the lawful acts the most detestable to God is divorce. – Prophet Muhammad [This an authentic saying recorded by Abdullah ibn Umar, a highly respected companion of the prophet in an authoritative treatise “Divorce (Kitab Al-Talaq)” of Sunan Abu-Dawud (Ref. 63-2173)] India is currently mired in a war between theology and law as it tries to articulate[Read More…]

by 09/01/2018 2 comments Patriarchy
Fandom And Misogyny

Fandom And Misogyny

Freedom of opinion also means we are all entitled to opinions and that we don’t necessarily have to share the same opinion about anything. The difference in opinion paves way for a debate which may or may not settle the root cause, this type of aggression and war of words are nothing unfamiliar but with the advent of social media[Read More…]

by 06/01/2018 2 comments Patriarchy
On The Controversy Over Matt Damon’s Comments About the #MeToo Movement

On The Controversy Over Matt Damon’s Comments About the #MeToo Movement

Are we going for retribution or transformation?   In the last two weeks, there has been a great deal of controversy and commentary on recent comments from the actor Matt Damon about the #MeToo movement. This has ranged from substantive critiques to complaints that the problem is that he, as a man, is speaking at all. There has even been[Read More…]

by 04/01/2018 2 comments Patriarchy
Widows Too Have A Right To Live In Happiness, Sushmaji

Widows Too Have A Right To Live In Happiness, Sushmaji

  Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother and wife were made to look like widow, said our external affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj in parliament. She added that the Pakistani authorities actually asked them to remove their Mangalsutra, bindi and Saree and wear simple salwar kameej, before meeting Jadhav in the Jail. It is humiliating, she said, forcing the married woman to look like[Read More…]

by 30/12/2017 0 comments Patriarchy
Who’s Really Tone Deaf?

Who’s Really Tone Deaf?

The recent controversy over Jimmy Choo’s advertisement that critics are calling tone-deaf has me wondering who indeed is above reproach here.  No doubt, such ads are incredibly demeaning to women and in the age when powerful men are being exposed as Emperors with, well, no clothes, this ad is in incredibly poor taste, but in our rush to brandish our[Read More…]

by 23/12/2017 1 comment Patriarchy
Massive Protest Demanding Rejection Of Transgender Bill

Massive Protest Demanding Rejection Of Transgender Bill

They came in large numbers from all over the country to protest against attempt to criminalise the issues of Transgender Communities under the The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016 which actually rather than helping them, criminalises them and prone to their exploitation at all level. Transgendered have suffered isolation, discrimination and prejudices and therefore we can describe them[Read More…]

by 18/12/2017 1 comment Patriarchy
Muslim Women Are Defying Stereotypes

Muslim Women Are Defying Stereotypes

 “Learn this now and learn it well, my daughter: Like a compass needle that points north, a man’s accusing finger always finds a woman. Always.” In Khaled Hosseini’s novel about life in Afghanistan, A Thousand Splendid Suns, the character Nana, a poor unwed mother, gives this grim advice to her five-year-old daughter, Mariam. In 25 words, she tries to sum up[Read More…]

by 16/12/2017 2 comments Patriarchy
Women: The Missing Piece Of The Poverty Puzzle

Women: The Missing Piece Of The Poverty Puzzle

Poor women’s suffering has long been a sure-fire way to pull on the heartstrings of rich donors, but in recent years there has been a newfound appreciation for the role that these women play in breaking the cycle of poverty and stabilising fragile societies. It has been said that women who are closest to the world’s most pressing issues are[Read More…]

by 15/12/2017 1 comment Patriarchy
The “Me Too Movement”, Sexual Politics And Unnatural Justice

The “Me Too Movement”, Sexual Politics And Unnatural Justice

The overthrow of iniquitous power relations is a point many would celebrate. But such overthrows are themselves marked by the contradiction of their origins. Any revolution must, by its very nature, suffer inconsistency, defeats and weaknesses. In the United States, a different sort of sexual revolution is taking place.  It is not linked to liberation in the way sex was[Read More…]

by 14/12/2017 1 comment Patriarchy
Violence Against Women: Why The UN Secretary-General Got It Wrong

Violence Against Women: Why The UN Secretary-General Got It Wrong

In his remarks on the recent International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – see‘Violence Against Women is Fundamentally About Power’– United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres inadvertantly demonstrated why well-meaning efforts being undertaken globally to reduce violence against women fail to make any progress in addressing this pervasive crisis. Hence, while the UN might be ‘committed to addressing[Read More…]

by 06/12/2017 1 comment Patriarchy
Marital Rape Judgment, Gender Justice And RSS Position

Marital Rape Judgment, Gender Justice And RSS Position

The Supreme Court recently gave the judgment that sex with minor wife can be considered a rape but if 18 years and beyond, marital rape cannot be considered a criminal offence. As per exception 2 of section 375 of IPC sexual intercourse by a man with his own wife, the wife not being under 18 years of age, is not[Read More…]

by 03/12/2017 0 comments Patriarchy
Bridging The Gender Gap

Bridging The Gender Gap

    Women and girls play a lesser recognised role as drivers of growth and progress and powerful agents of change. Gender remains a critically important and largely ignored lens to view development issues across the world. Gender inequality is not only a pressing moral and social issue but also a critical economic challenge. India has a larger relative economic value at[Read More…]

by 23/11/2017 1 comment Patriarchy
A New Movement Of Rights And The Right In Australia

A New Movement Of Rights And The Right In Australia

Scholars have wondered what “triggers” might be in the social furniture of a culture that might propel a people to embrace a bill of rights.  Australia remains proudly, and idiosyncratically, opposed. Previous efforts to enshrine a charter of rights have failed, accused of being totalitarian usurpations, dangerous incorporations of foreign laws, and a straightjacket on political will. Rights, in actual[Read More…]

by 21/11/2017 1 comment Patriarchy
The Poor Woman Wants A Handup, Not A Handout

The Poor Woman Wants A Handup, Not A Handout

  The poor themselves can create a poverty-free world all we have to do is to free them from the chains that we have put around them -Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus When I first initiated livelihood finance projects for women, more than two decades back, I encountered stiff resistance from the local elders who couldn’t believe that their women could[Read More…]

by 21/11/2017 0 comments Patriarchy
Fight Against Systemic, Structural Sexual Harassment And Gendered Violence

Fight Against Systemic, Structural Sexual Harassment And Gendered Violence

Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) stands firmly with the survivors who have faced sexual harassment at the hands of the perpetrators on and off the list and, most importantly, extends solidarity in this moment of unravelling narratives, disjointed arguments and personal struggles of individuals voicing their experiences. The last few weeks have seen lists of sexual harassers[Read More…]

The Expensive Affirmation: Australia Says Yes To Same Sex Marriage

The Expensive Affirmation: Australia Says Yes To Same Sex Marriage

The overall figure was comfortable, though hardly dashing.  62 percent of Australians (7.82 million) decided that same sex marriage was a perfectly feasible, even desirable notion, while 38 percent (4.87 million) did not.[1] Out of 150 federal seats, 133 registered affirmative totals in returning their response to the question “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”. [Read More…]

by 15/11/2017 1 comment Patriarchy
Photo by Malik Earnest / Unsplash.

The Real Difference Between Men Who Rape And Those Who Don’t

I am not as abusive as Harvey Weinstein, nor as narcissistic as Bill O’Reilly. I’m more respectful to women than Donald Trump, and not as sleazy as Anthony Weiner. Judged by the standards set by these public reprobates, most of the rest of us men appear almost saintly, and therein lies a danger. The public disclosure of these men’s behavior—from[Read More…]

by 11/11/2017 1 comment Patriarchy
Harvey Weinstein is Only the Tip of the Iceberg: What Could Be Done?

Harvey Weinstein is Only the Tip of the Iceberg: What Could Be Done?

Rats fleeing a sinking ship – the ship of white male privilege The floodgates have opened. All the disgusting, depraved details are surfacing. Now the “public” is learning what the majority of us already knew – that men of power have been sexually abusing and harassing women for generations. It was simply the norm. Most women have experienced it in[Read More…]

by 08/11/2017 1 comment Patriarchy
Sexism descrimination concept as a struggling woman with the burden of pulling a heavy female 3D illustration symbol falling behind a group of running businessmen or men as an unfair gender bias icon.

Naming And Shaming: Men, Sexual Harassment And “Due Process”

There has been much sound and fury on social media recently, about the posting of a list of alleged sexual harassers in the Indian academe, on Facebook. Much of this has centred around the question of “due process”, and the importance of observing this. Before discussing this, I want to draw attention to another related point of profound importance, that[Read More…]

by 28/10/2017 1 comment Patriarchy
A Letter To Men With Love?

A Letter To Men With Love?

Dear Men I am a woman. You meet at least one of my kind every day. You will find my kind everywhere. At home, at school, in college, at your workplace, using the public transport, working out at the gym, jogging in the park, at the cafe enjoying a nice cup of coffee or having fun at a club. So[Read More…]

by 25/10/2017 6 comments Patriarchy
#Metoo Breaking The Culture Of Silence

#Metoo Breaking The Culture Of Silence

The social media is flooding with #metoo (me too) hashtags. Sexual assault survivors are using this hashtag to call out on the cancer-like spread of sexual crime in our society. This is a consequence of the disclosure of Hollywood’s larger than life (nay, God?) figure Harvey Weinstein’s sexual predatoriness . More and more actresses have publicly stated their harassment at[Read More…]

by 17/10/2017 5 comments Patriarchy
Crimes Against Women: The Real, Substantive Solutions

Crimes Against Women: The Real, Substantive Solutions

  The Banaras Hindu University episode of lathi-charge on students protesting against inaction of authorities at the molestation of a girl-student forces us, once again, to think where we are headed. The December 2012 ‘Nirbhaya’ episode, the epic struggle of the girl for survival after the brutally inhuman assault on her and the subsequent protests leading up to the Justice[Read More…]

by 27/09/2017 2 comments India, Patriarchy
The Female Face Of Poverty

The Female Face Of Poverty

  We live in a world in which women living in poverty face gross inequalities and injustice from birth to death. The global statistics on poverty are numbing. The real brunt has always fallen on women and sometimes it is very cruel. Women are commonly married young, quickly become mothers, and are then burdened by stringent domestic and financial responsibilities.[Read More…]

by 25/09/2017 2 comments Patriarchy
Triple Talaq Judgement: Gender, ‘Othering’ And A Medieval Paradigm

Triple Talaq Judgement: Gender, ‘Othering’ And A Medieval Paradigm

Psychoanalysis has always been a bit harsh, if not downright suspicious of altruism. However, the spectacle of the overwhelming concern for Muslim women from Prime Minister Modi to U.P. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and the whole gamut of Hindu organisations does seem to strain credulity a trifle. Perhaps, the caution of psychology to step back and examine our narcissistic feelings[Read More…]

by 19/09/2017 2 comments Patriarchy
Fighting For Justice In the Patriarchal Courts

Fighting For Justice In the Patriarchal Courts

Advocate Dr Shalu Nigam Last few days witnessed the pronouncement of several significant celebrated judgements by the courts in the cases relating to right to privacy[1], triple talaq[2], and sentencing of 20-years life term to a self-proclaimed Godman who raped women[3]. All these three cases, somehow uphold people’s trust in courts as the custodian of rule of law. Even otherwise,[Read More…]

by 30/08/2017 0 comments Patriarchy
Of Rapists And Their ‘Righteous’ Supporters

Of Rapists And Their ‘Righteous’ Supporters

The rapist is not the stranger in the night. Between pitaji ki maafi and pati ka haq most rapes in India are covered. A good portion of rapes in India happen with a known person rather than a stranger. The 2015 National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) data shows that in 95 percent of all rape cases, the offender knew the victim.[1] Many[Read More…]

by 28/08/2017 1 comment Patriarchy
Gender And Higher Education

Gender And Higher Education

One of the major pre requisites of women empowerment has been increasing educational opportunities for women. Such a need was acknowledged by various social reformers in India followed by Indian forefathers and fore mothers as well. After independence, various efforts were taken by the Indian government to educate women in order to achieve the goal of gender equality. Education was[Read More…]

by 25/08/2017 1 comment Patriarchy
Women Should Not Live In Fear, But Act With Courage

Women Should Not Live In Fear, But Act With Courage

“One day, when my first child was barely 6 months old, my husband kicked away the water and food I had served him. On asking him the reason, he started pulling my hair and thrashing me. I was stunned at his sudden violent behaviour. But this was just the start of a never-ending saga of domestic violence that continues till[Read More…]

by 08/08/2017 0 comments Patriarchy
Poor Women Craft Their Destiny

Poor Women Craft Their Destiny

   The poor themselves can create a poverty-free world all we have to do is to free them from the chains that we have put around them -Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus When I first initiated livelihood finance projects through women collectives called as self help groups, more than two decades back, I encountered stiff resistance from the local elders who[Read More…]

by 07/08/2017 1 comment Patriarchy
India Now!

India Now!

K.P Sasi is a film maker, writer, activist and cartoonist. He can be reached at kpsasi36@gmail.com

by 01/08/2017 2 comments Arts/Literature, Patriarchy
Revenge Rape In Multan Shows The Patriarchy At Top In Pakistan

Revenge Rape In Multan Shows The Patriarchy At Top In Pakistan

In Multan a 17 years girl was ordered to be raped by panchayat because his brother had raped another girl. Thus revenge rape was ordered by the kangaroo court. The incident took place and innocent girl was raped according to the order issued by panchayat. According to CNN “the Village elders in Pakistan ordered the rape of a 17-year-old girl[Read More…]

Caste Inequity Fuels Gender Injustice

Caste Inequity Fuels Gender Injustice

It is important to recognize how gender injustices underpin the caste, class and social inequities. “I did start going to school. But as I am a Dalit (untouchable), I was made to sit away from the rest of the children. If I touched some upper caste child, even by mistake, I would be thrashed by the teachers – who were[Read More…]

Women: The Bitter Half

Women: The Bitter Half

  Woman Work  I’ve got the children to tend The clothes to mend The floor to mop The food to shop Then the chicken to fry The baby to dry I got company to feed The garden to weed I’ve got shirts to press The tots to dress The can to be cut I gotta clean up this hut Then[Read More…]

by 22/07/2017 2 comments Patriarchy
Men Deny Women Equality, Not The Quran 

Men Deny Women Equality, Not The Quran 

  The portrayal of Muslim women   in the media is grim and sombre. The public perception of them is one of stubborn stereotypes: supposedly powerless and oppressed, behind walls and veils, demure, voiceless and silent figures, discriminated and bereft of even basic rights. This picture keeps reinforcing itself, largely because this is how the Western media caricatures women in Islam.[Read More…]

by 11/07/2017 1 comment Patriarchy
Domestic Violence and Abuse as a Abstract

Revisiting Dabla’s Work On Domestic Violence Against Women in Kashmir Valley

Book Review: Bashir Ahmad Dabla. Domestic Violence Against Women in Kashmir Valley. Srinagar: Jay Kay Book Shop, 2009. XIII+ 115 PP. Rs. 495 (INR). ISBN 81-87221-23-2   Professor Bashir Ahmad Dabla, was a prominent Sociologist the soil of Kashmir has ever produced. He was the founder of the Department of Sociology and Social Work at University of Kashmir. Dabla , has[Read More…]

by 10/07/2017 1 comment Patriarchy
Women And Wages: A Capitalist Reality In The Industries of Entertainment And Sports

Women And Wages: A Capitalist Reality In The Industries of Entertainment And Sports

 Known worldwide as the champion of human rights and gender equality, the United States of America, it seems, has failed miserably to live up to its own standards when it comes to the issue of gender pay gap. A report by PayScale Inc., published on July 5, 2017 said that for equal work women in the U.S are paid less[Read More…]

by 06/07/2017 1 comment Patriarchy
“When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer As A Young Wife”: Moving Beyond Data To Tackle Domestic Violence

“When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer As A Young Wife”: Moving Beyond Data To Tackle Domestic Violence

The experience of violence that women face behind closed doors is a global disease. There are no boundaries, cultural or social, for this violence, as it is deeply ingrained in a society that is patriarchal. Domestic Violence is a phenomenon that is usually accepted within families and is brushed under the carpet as a matter that is personal, so others[Read More…]

by 05/07/2017 1 comment Arts/Literature, Patriarchy
People celebrate in front of Germany's lower house of parliament Bundestag after the delegates voted on legalising same-sex marriage, in Berlin, Germany June 30, 2017. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

A Historical Review Of Same-Sex Legislation In Germany

On the 30th of June 2017, the lower house of the German Parliament passed a bill legalizing same sex marriages throughout Germany. A long pending move in Germany and something that has been in the docks for quite some time. However, a complete understanding of the relevance and significance of Germany legalizing same-sex marriage will be incomplete unless a historical[Read More…]

by 01/07/2017 1 comment Patriarchy
NEW DELHI, INDIA - DECEMBER 15: LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) activists protest against Supreme Court's judgement on Section 377 that upheld section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalizes homosexuality at Jantar Mantar on December 15, 2013 in New Delhi, India. India's Supreme Court last week reversed a landmark 2009 lower court order that had decriminalized gay sex. (Photo by Mohd Zakir/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Revisiting Obergefell v. Hodges: Has Love Won?

Two years ago, on the 26th of June, 2015 the Federal Supreme Court of the United States of America held in Obergefell v. Hodges that state level bans on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional. Until then, the legality of same-sex marriages was different in different states. Obergefell, by proclaiming the unconstitutionality of banning same-sex marriages, created a new common pattern throughout[Read More…]

by 27/06/2017 1 comment Patriarchy
Triple Talaq: Gender Equality, Justice And Economic Rights  As Perceived In Courts And Society

Triple Talaq: Gender Equality, Justice And Economic Rights  As Perceived In Courts And Society

The whole issue of triple talaq is resounding with conversations on gender equality and rights of women and minorities. There is sudden “awakening” about women’s rights and gender equality. It cannot be mere coincidence that this matter was chosen to be heard by Supreme Court in vacation while delaying equally important issues of right to privacy and threatened surveillance by[Read More…]

Envisioning A World Where Women Inherit Property, Not Poverty

Envisioning A World Where Women Inherit Property, Not Poverty

  The Indian women farmer, almost never publicly acknowledged, reviled by superstition and patriarchy, and increasingly troubled by entrenched social and cultural mores and taboos bears the real burden of farm labour. Nearly 98 million Indian women have agricultural jobs, but around 63% of them, or 61.6 million women, are agricultural labourers, dependent on the farms of others, according to[Read More…]

by 03/06/2017 1 comment Patriarchy
Disappearance of Daughters!

Disappearance of Daughters!

Nobel Laureate, Economist Amartya Sen, in way back 1990’s introduced the term “missing women”, showing a deficit in the number of women relative to the expected number of women in a region. He argues that “an advantage they enjoy not only after they are forty years old but also at the beginning of life, especially during the months immediately following birth, and even in the womb”. Thus Sen, attributes the phenomenon to the discrimination in basic nutrition and health care.

by 20/05/2017 1 comment Patriarchy
How The Law That Bhanwari Devi Inspired Fails Marginalised Women Like Her

How The Law That Bhanwari Devi Inspired Fails Marginalised Women Like Her

India has recently seen a spate of allegations of sexual harassment at the workplace. While analysing the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013, we caught ourselves wondering – would the Act have changed anything for Bhanwari Devi?

by 09/05/2017 1 comment Patriarchy
Where Farmers Are Taking Lives, Women Refuse To Die

Where Farmers Are Taking Lives, Women Refuse To Die

  The large swathes of cotton farms in Central India have been the epicenter of a global crisis that has gripped the rural population in crippling debts and has driven thousands of them to suicide. But the great news is women in this region have creatively and doggedly used the power of hope to reemerge form the ruins. This new[Read More…]

by 02/05/2017 2 comments India, Patriarchy
Poor Women Deliver Rich Dividends

Poor Women Deliver Rich Dividends

 We live in a world in which women living in poverty face gross inequalities and injustice from birth to death. From poor education to poor nutrition to vulnerable and low pay employment, the sequence of discrimination that a woman may suffer during her entire life is unacceptable but all too common. When we want to help the poor, we usually[Read More…]

by 26/04/2017 1 comment Patriarchy
Credit: Ben Thomson

What if I told you 2,000 women per year are murdered by men they know? (Interview with Dawn Wilcox)

On May 28, 2016, a gorilla named Harambe was killed at the Cincinnati Zoo. A small child had fallen into the primate’s enclosure and… well, you know the rest. “As I watched the sort of public outrage and mourning rarely afforded murdered women, it was the final straw,” explains Dawn Wilcox, a registered nurse for 22 years. Wilcox is no “expert,”[Read More…]

by 09/04/2017 3 comments Patriarchy
Bridging The Gender Gap

Bridging The Gender Gap

Pride and dignity would belong to women if only men would leave them alone. Egyptian Proverb Gender inequality is not only a pressing moral and social issue but also a critical economic challenge. India has a larger relative economic value at stake from advancing gender equality than any of the ten regions analyzed in a McKinsey Global Institute report, The Power of Parity:[Read More…]

by 09/04/2017 1 comment Patriarchy
Give These Tenacious Women Some Flashlights

Give These Tenacious Women Some Flashlights

  Woman must not accept; she must challenge. She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her; she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression. – Margaret Sanger Providing women with more and better opportunities to fulfill their social, economic, and political roles is now deemed so essential for reducing poverty and[Read More…]

by 08/04/2017 1 comment Patriarchy
Rice threshing near Sangrur, SE Punjab, India. (Photo:  Neil Palmer (CIAT)/flickr/cc)

In India’s Villages Women Are A Solution, Not A Problem

  Women are the mainstays of small-scale agriculture, the farm labour force and day-to-day family subsistence. The biggest myth is that the rural woman is part of her land’s wealth.  Yes, but only to the extent of generating it.  They don’t own land but produce secondary crops, gather food and firewood, process, store and prepare family food and fetch water[Read More…]

by 07/04/2017 1 comment Patriarchy
Women Activists Demand Disbandment Of Anti-Romeo Squads

Women Activists Demand Disbandment Of Anti-Romeo Squads

“Anti-Romeo Squads” are policemen and women and vigilante groups, operating outside the purview of law, with the support of the Uttar Pradesh State, which threaten women’s freedoms. The serious issue of violence against women and routine sexual harassment of women in Uttar Pradesh cannot be addressed by setting up anti-Romeo squads. These “squads” impose their own aggressive and arbitrary code[Read More…]

by 05/04/2017 1 comment India, Patriarchy
Edited photo by Mickey Z. (Original photo by Mark Sandten/Bongarts/Getty Images)

That Time When Male Violence Altered The History Of Women’s Tennis

Not too long ago, while leaving the gym, I overheard a conversation about the best female tennis players of all-time. As I walked home, I pondered my own list and came up with five women with whom we’re on a first name basis: Serena, Steffi, Martina, Chrissie, and Venus. When considering who might be next, I suddenly remembered Monica Seles.[Read More…]

by 04/04/2017 1 comment Patriarchy
Anti-Romeo Squads Will Arrest Rule Of Law, Not Sexual Violence

Anti-Romeo Squads Will Arrest Rule Of Law, Not Sexual Violence

First, the facts. Yes, crimes against women are a major problem in Uttar Pradesh. As per the data of the National Crime Records Bureau, the state has the dubious distinction of being the most unsafe Indian state for women in 2015 despite losing ‘top rank’ in number of rapes reported, to Madhya Pradesh, followed by Maharashtra. Further, the state lost[Read More…]

by 28/03/2017 0 comments Patriarchy
Women Rise Up Against Gender Violence In The Caribbean

Women Rise Up Against Gender Violence In The Caribbean

On March 11, survivors of violence against women and their allies and supporters held marches in six Caribbean countries. Started by two Barbadian women, Ronelle King and Allyson Benn, the movement had the hashtag #LifeInLeggings. In Jamaica, one of the groups marching was the Tambourine Army, a movement of activists dedicated to eradicating sexual violence against women and girls. Some[Read More…]

by 23/03/2017 1 comment Patriarchy
Women Herald The Development Sun

Women Herald The Development Sun

  Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women ― Maya Angelou  Over the years several strategies have been used to empower women .One of them relies on community groups whose members   can be trained and equipped to use their collective strength and wisdom to tackle their problems. [Read More…]

by 20/03/2017 1 comment Patriarchy
Melania Trump And The Downer We’re On

Melania Trump And The Downer We’re On

  “A political system devoted to decline instinctively does much to speed up that process.” — Jean-Paul Sartre One does not have to be a supporter of Donald Trump to recoil in horror at the unprecedented attack that’s being waged on an ongoing basis against the new First Lady. The late night comedy shows are going to town at her[Read More…]

by 15/03/2017 1 comment Patriarchy
Why Do Some Men Rape?

Why Do Some Men Rape?

A recent report from Equality Now titled ‘The World’s Shame: The Global Rape Epidemic’ http://www.equalitynow.org/campaigns/rape-laws-report offered a series of recommendations for strengthened laws to deter and punish sexual violence against women and girls. However, there is substantial evidence that legal approaches to dealing with violence in any context are ineffective. For example, the empirical evidence on threats of punishment (that[Read More…]

by 15/03/2017 1 comment Patriarchy
Allowing Child Marriage: Another Regression Therapy For Bangladesh!

Allowing Child Marriage: Another Regression Therapy For Bangladesh!

  A recent move by the Government to allow child marriage is tantamount to excluding many Bangladeshis from the benefits of growth and development. Women are likely to become the main victims of the recently enacted Child Marriage Restraint Act-2017. It allows a Bangladeshi boy or girl to get married before reaching the minimum age limit – 18 for women[Read More…]

by 14/03/2017 1 comment Patriarchy
Women – To Be Celebrated On A Day?

Women – To Be Celebrated On A Day?

I don’t want you to celebrate my existence on a particular day I want you to understand that before being a woman I am a human, just as you I don’t want you to offer me to stand ahead of you in a queue I want you to let me stand on my own, just as you I don’t want[Read More…]

by 08/03/2017 1 comment Patriarchy
On Women’s Day,  Some Suggestions To Improve Women’s Safety In Trains

On Women’s Day,  Some Suggestions To Improve Women’s Safety In Trains

We, a group of responsible and committed citizens, are writing to you with suggestions to improve and ensure the safety of women in Indian railways. The Railways is an important communication link in our country. Every day, millions of Indians commute through the railways. However, there are several challenges in this sector. Recently, there have been many efforts to improve the Indian railways but a lot needs to be done for the safety of passengers, especially the women passengers.

by 08/03/2017 1 comment Patriarchy
Jyotirao Phule, Savitribai Phule, Periyar And Ambedkar — International Women’s Day

Jyotirao Phule, Savitribai Phule, Periyar And Ambedkar — International Women’s Day

To celebrate Women’s Day without recognizing the contribution of Mahatma Jyotirao Phule, Savitribai Phule, and Ambedkar is hypocrisy and shameful act. Here are few of the highlights of work done by Mahatma Jyotirao Phule and Savitribai Phule for women empowerment. On 1st Jan. 1848, India’s first school for girls was started at Bhide’s wada in Pune by Mahatma Jyotirao Phule[Read More…]

by 08/03/2017 3 comments Patriarchy
Women’s Equity and Justice in Tourism

Women’s Equity and Justice in Tourism

                          The present day post modern, neo liberal world is still embedded with social inequity and discrimination. The situations  of women in the larger world and within the systems of State, community and family control, coerces her to exist without self-expression, thereby forcing her to live within the[Read More…]

by 07/03/2017 2 comments Patriarchy
Resolving the Crisis in the Catholic Church in Kerala

Resolving the Crisis in the Catholic Church in Kerala

  Recent reports of criminal activities committed by some clergies of the Kerala Church have shaken many of its faithful followers. These reports have become favourite themes of the social media,not only among the Malayalam speaking community in Kerala but also among people from other states too[1]. It is a grave situation and has precipitated a crisis within the Catholic[Read More…]

by 07/03/2017 2 comments Patriarchy
March 8, 2017, Yet Another Day Without a Dalit or Adivasi Woman

March 8, 2017, Yet Another Day Without a Dalit or Adivasi Woman

We must create a society in which women – including Black women, Native women, poor women, immigrant women,[Dalit and Adivasi women], disabled women, Muslim women, lesbian queer and trans women – are free and able to care for and nurture their families, however they are formed, in safe and healthy environments free from structural impediments. –Statement from Women’s March’s Unity Principles, with[Read More…]

by 07/03/2017 1 comment Patriarchy
India’s Gender Reforms Need Greater Bite

India’s Gender Reforms Need Greater Bite

  Of all the world’s major ills – such as war, hunger, and natural disasters – none can quite compare to the millions of baby girls and female fetuses killed by parents  .The  National Family Health Survey 4 data for 2015-16  indicates that the practice of aborting female fetuses and murdering girls after birth is being contained  efforts The   sex[Read More…]

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Support The Struggle Of The Powrakarmikas On International Working Women’s Day

Support The Struggle Of The Powrakarmikas On International Working Women’s Day

  The workers and their Union are holding a strike and demonstration on 8th March 2017 at BBMP main office, Corporation Circle from 10.00 a.m. onwards. Please join and show your support and solidarity. On 8th March, International Working Women’s Day, the BBMP Contract Powrakarmika Union of Bengaluru are going on strike and will hold a large rally to intensify their ongoing struggle for[Read More…]

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India: end rampant discrimination in the justice system based on sexual orientation and gender identity – ICJ

India: end rampant discrimination in the justice system based on sexual orientation and gender identity – ICJ

Bangkok, Thailand –The Indian authorities must end discrimination against people based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the formal justice system, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ)said in a report released today. The 60-paged report “Unnatural Offences”: Obstacles to Justice in India Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identitydocuments the challenges queer persons in India facewhile trying to access[Read More…]

by 25/02/2017 1 comment Human Rights, Patriarchy
A Little More Matriarchism And Egalitarianism

A Little More Matriarchism And Egalitarianism

Give women more opportunity to realize the world of tomorrow, because male dominance has not brought the promised Kingdom so far, and has not brought the Paradise on Earth, which is truly around us, but simply not seen. There is currently no world peace, which every sensible person strives for and desires. Remarkable is the crucial role of the man.[Read More…]

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Gender and Diversifying Trade Union Leadership

Gender and Diversifying Trade Union Leadership

This book is a tour de force that seeks to answer the complexities that surround the questions linked to gendered understanding of leadership. It adds appreciably scholarly knowledge to the issues related to leadership, union democracy and gender. It shares certain aporetic quality via generating intellectually rigorous critique on patriarchal culture of the trade union leadership. Canonical connections that exist[Read More…]

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Constitutional Patriarchy

Constitutional Patriarchy

Three separate events that unfolded over the past few days, all with varied backdrops depict the pathetic state of patriarchy that we live in under the shadow of a constitutional democracy. The women involved in these episodes belong to vastly different social strata of the immensely complex Hindu society but all are victims of their womanhood in their own respect.[Read More…]

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Mockery Of Autonomy In Nagaland: PUDR Condemns The Anti-Women’s Reservation Protests

Mockery Of Autonomy In Nagaland: PUDR Condemns The Anti-Women’s Reservation Protests

PUDR condemns the anti-women stand of the Naga HoHo/ Naga Tribes Action Committee (NTAC) in the context of reservation of seats for women in elections to local urban bodies. The accompanying mob-violence and the threats to women who wanted to contest from reserved seats, reveals the irony that a movement fighting for freedom for Naga people is willing to suppress[Read More…]

By Charles Steinhacker [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Dworkin-MacKinnon Anti-Pornography Civil Rights Ordinance

The Dworkin-MacKinnon Ordinance — originally written in 1983 by Andrea Dworkin and Catharine MacKinnon — was an amendment to a civil rights law. It stands as a mostly ignored template for creating law-based change within the system. Rather than taking the traditional “obscenity” angle, the Dworkin-MacKinnon Ordinance proposed that: Pornography is a violation of women’s civil rights Woman harmed by[Read More…]

by 13/02/2017 1 comment Patriarchy
NEW DELHI, INDIA - DECEMBER 15: LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) activists protest against Supreme Court's judgement on Section 377 that upheld section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalizes homosexuality at Jantar Mantar on December 15, 2013 in New Delhi, India. India's Supreme Court last week reversed a landmark 2009 lower court order that had decriminalized gay sex. (Photo by Mohd Zakir/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Growing Up In The Wilderness In Delhi

The confusion stands in the minds, the body and the soul. It gets enhanced by the challenges and ignorance set forth by laws, society, family, peer groups, faith, patriarchal conventions and so-called guardians of custom and social laws. At an age when it seemed that with the assistance of knowledge and technology, the wall of confusion, isolation and loneliness would[Read More…]

Mahila Shakti Kendras: Yet Another Well Worded  Scheme, With No Teeth

Mahila Shakti Kendras: Yet Another Well Worded  Scheme, With No Teeth

A few kilometers outside Ahmedabad in Gujarat, I visited a Mahila Shakti Kendra about a year ago. I was amazed at what I saw and heard. In a community building, right in the center of a buzzing market, was a decent sized room. There were info graphics on the wall, a group of women of all ages having a charcha.[Read More…]

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Living In A Man’s World

Living In A Man’s World

A short history Our Earth was formed about 4.56 billion years (4.560.000.000 years) ago by accretion of material from the Solar Nebula.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accretion_(astrophysics) Compared to many other species, the history of mankind covers a very short period. Early modern humans (Homo sapiens) were born in Africa about 200,000 years B.C., and have since spread around the world. This development began[Read More…]

by 09/02/2017 1 comment Patriarchy
How Complicit Are We All In Stalking? : Lessons From The Present

How Complicit Are We All In Stalking? : Lessons From The Present

We all might concur that stalking in India is an annoyingly rampant issue. However, we must also concur that we will not be engaging with the issue entirely without engaging with the culture that furnishes a celebration, even appreciation, of stalking and voyeuristic behaviour. Two issues that have come to the light in the recent past further gives support to[Read More…]

by 08/02/2017 1 comment Patriarchy
25 Years Of New Middle Women

25 Years Of New Middle Women

  We live in a world in which women living in poverty face gross inequalities and injustice from birth to death. From poor education to poor nutrition to vulnerable and low pay employment, the sequence of discrimination is very hard, but all too common. They face significant constraints in maximizing their  But there are also silvery strands in this dark[Read More…]

by 04/02/2017 1 comment Patriarchy
Beyond The Muslim Veil

Beyond The Muslim Veil

   This woman, who is your beloved, is in fact a ray of His light, She is not a mere creature. She is like a creator -Rumi In recent years, due to the global socio-political climate, the phrase “Muslim woman” might conjure an image of a demure un-empowered woman sheltered by her veil Yet this image is not what our[Read More…]

by 30/01/2017 1 comment Patriarchy
How Poor Women Are Taking Charge Of Their Future

How Poor Women Are Taking Charge Of Their Future

If you’re in trouble, or hurt or need – go to the poor people. They’re the only ones that’ll help – the only ones. ― John Steinbeck The Indian women farmer, almost never publicly acknowledged, reviled by superstition and patriarchy, and increasingly troubled by entrenched social and cultural mores and taboos bears the real burden of farm labour. Nearly 98 million[Read More…]

by 29/01/2017 1 comment Patriarchy
Photo By Varkey Parakkal/From Wikimedia Commons/Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Agasthyakoodamtrek.jpg

No Entry For Women To Agasthyamala! The Reasons Given Are An Insult

It is unfortunate that the Kerala Forest Department is continuing the practice of denying entry for women to the Agasthyamala. The Forest Secretary gave an explanation referring to somebody’s fancy religious sentiment and you have explained it as due to the lack of toilet facilities and the threat of wild animals which only amounted to adding insult to injury as it is oblivious to the fact that women visit and stay even in dense forests as researchers, photographers, foresters or as tourists, and that numerous women have scaled Everest.

by 17/01/2017 1 comment Patriarchy
The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men | Mickey Z. interviews Robert Jensen

The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men | Mickey Z. interviews Robert Jensen

“It seemed that there was a need for a book that laid out the problem of patriarchy in plain language.” (Robert Jensen) While we’ve never met in person, Robert Jensen and I have known each other (in that internet kind of way) for decades. We have friends in common, often wrote on similar topics for the same websites, and even[Read More…]

by 11/01/2017 2 comments Book Review, Patriarchy
How Women Are Remaking Their Destiny

How Women Are Remaking Their Destiny

When I first initiated livelihood finance projects through women collectives called as Self Help Groups, more than two decades back, I encountered stiff resistance from the local elders who couldn’t believe that their women could attend a meeting without a male chaperone. There were some who felt that since I was a male, I had no customary sanction to interact[Read More…]

by 27/12/2016 1 comment Patriarchy
Trying Misogyny Welcome, But How About Curbing All Crimes Against Women?

Trying Misogyny Welcome, But How About Curbing All Crimes Against Women?

It is fourth anniversary of 16 December 2012, the brutal gang rape and murder of a student in Delhi that shook the conscience of the nation and led to unprecedented protests against sexual violence across India. Crime against women has been common in India, as has been the support for such crime in the form of misogynist statements by those[Read More…]

by 18/12/2016 1 comment Patriarchy
Empowered Muslim Women: Islam Is Her Strength

Empowered Muslim Women: Islam Is Her Strength

The portrayal of Muslim women that we glimpse in the media is grim and somber. The public perception of them is one of stubborn stereotypes: supposedly powerless and oppressed, behind walls and veils, demure, voiceless and silent figures, discriminated and bereft of even basic rights. This picture keeps reinforcing itself, largely because this is how the Western media caricatures women[Read More…]

by 16/12/2016 1 comment Patriarchy
11 August, 1992: ABVA organized the first ever protest demonstration in India condemning police atrocities on gay people, at Police Headquarters, New Delhi

Gay Manifesto & International Human Rights Day

Co-Written by Shobha Aggarwal & Dr. P.S. Sahni 11 August, 1992: ABVA organized the first ever protest demonstration in India condemning police atrocities on gay people, at Police Headquarters, New Delhi Twenty-five years ago in November-December 1991, the AIDS BhedbhavVirodhiAndolan (AIDS Anti-discrimination Movement, ABVA) brought out the first Report titled ‘Less Than Gay’ on the status of homosexuality in India,[Read More…]

by 10/12/2016 1 comment Human Rights, Patriarchy
It’s Time For Obituary Of Triple Talaq

It’s Time For Obituary Of Triple Talaq

  The best of you are those who are the kindest to their wives. Prophet Muhammad  The Allahabad High Court has finally got the clock of judicial activism ticking by saying that triple talaq  is unconstitutional. It was no surprise   and the liberal strands in Muslims thought had already stood out clear.  Indeed, one of the reasons triple talaq has[Read More…]

by 09/12/2016 1 comment Patriarchy
Photo collage by Mickey Z.

Would You Donate Even $1 To Help Homeless Women?

As you all know, I tried the “activism” thing. I really tried. But now, I’m ready to focus my energies on two things desperately needed in the Trump Era: cultivating serious resistance and providing support for the most vulnerable. I also want to do something specifically for the largest oppressed group on earth: females. With those last two goals in[Read More…]

by 09/12/2016 1 comment Patriarchy
Rice threshing near Sangrur, SE Punjab, India. (Photo:  Neil Palmer (CIAT)/flickr/cc)

Facing Grim Reality On International Day For The Elimination of Violence Against Women

Each year on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is commemorated. A commemoration in essence is an opportunity to reflect on the challenges, prove that progress can be made and celebrate victories. It is also a reminder of the obligations and the responsibility we all must own at both the private and the public[Read More…]

by 26/11/2016 1 comment Patriarchy
Time To Acknowledge Indian Women Farmers

Time To Acknowledge Indian Women Farmers

The Indian women farmer, almost never publicly acknowledged, reviled by superstition and patriarchy, and increasingly troubled by entrenched social and cultural mores and taboos bears the real burden of farm labour. Nearly 98 million Indian women have agricultural jobs, but around 63% of them, or 61.6 million women, are agricultural labourers, dependent on the farms of others, according to 2011[Read More…]

by 26/11/2016 1 comment Patriarchy
We Are Flames, Not Flowers

We Are Flames, Not Flowers

Worldwide millions of women   have traditional responsibilities as food growers, water and fuel gatherers, and care-givers. In South   Asia, women make up   make up 43% of the agriculture workforce in developing countries and account for around 66% of the world’s subsistence livestock keepers. Women secure clean water for drinking and cooking; they are familiar with non-timber forest products (medicinal plants[Read More…]

by 21/11/2016 1 comment Patriarchy
Triple Talaq: From Prescriptive Functionalism To Transformative Constitutionalism

Triple Talaq: From Prescriptive Functionalism To Transformative Constitutionalism

India is confronted with a situation that has acquired, unfortunately, political primacy in a gender equality discourse. The religion of Islam bestowed upon equal rights for men and women devoid of any distinction including right to divorce. The utopian union of the husband and wife is a perennial pre-requisite for conjugal covertures in all civilized societies. Invariably, all religions advocate[Read More…]

by 17/11/2016 2 comments Patriarchy
Hostel Curfew At Punjabi University

Hostel Curfew At Punjabi University

Press Release By Democratic Students Organization Punjabi University, Patiala is considered one of the premier institutions of higher education in Punjab but when it comes to developing or fostering a just, equal, and gender-friendly environment, its patriarchal character comes to the fore. This report tends to deal with the struggle led by Democratic Students Organization against hostel curfews and other associated[Read More…]

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Thumbs Up To Women Power In Village India

Thumbs Up To Women Power In Village India

The transformation of women’s roles is the last great impediment to universal progress. Indian women haven’t always had much by way of social agency or power whereby they could formulate strategic choices, and   control resources and decisions that affect important life outcomes. This   , however, hasn’t stopped them from elbowing past certain patriarchal structures to powerful effect. The introduction of[Read More…]

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A Taste Of Women Power

A Taste Of Women Power

It has  been more than  20 years since the 73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendment Acts – termed as post-Independent India’s most revolutionary exercise in democratic decentralization and devolution of power – were passed by the Parliament, mandating one-third seats in all local governments be reserved for women. The biggest significance of women’s reservation was that it unlocked the power, talent[Read More…]

by 07/11/2016 1 comment Patriarchy
Gender Disparities In Pakistan: Unmasking The Democratic Delusion

Gender Disparities In Pakistan: Unmasking The Democratic Delusion

Recognition of womens’ dignity, health, education, work, and political inclusion are some of the prerequisite actions for gender equality, however, despite of such acceptance, women either at work or domestic life face mental, physical and emotional harassment by working colleagues, life partners and blood relations. Even the worst is that all this shameful is conceived and dealt as normal routine[Read More…]

by 06/11/2016 1 comment Patriarchy, South Asia
PC&PNDT Act: No Implementation In 23 States/UTs Despite 1.3 Million Girls Missing Every Year

PC&PNDT Act: No Implementation In 23 States/UTs Despite 1.3 Million Girls Missing Every Year

New Delhi: Asian Centre for Human Rights released its 290 page report, “The State of the PC&PNDT Act: India’s losing battle against female foeticide”, the first ever comprehensive study on the status of implementation of the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PC&PNDT) Act, 1994. The report is available at: http://www.stopfemaleinfanticide.org/files/TheStateofthePCPNDTAct2016.pdf The key findings of the report, “The State of the PC&PNDT Act: India’s[Read More…]

In Villages Women Hold The Reigns

In Villages Women Hold The Reigns

If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman -Margaret Thatcher If we want to bring a truly transformative gender revolution, we must remember that all women, regardless of their marital status, need access to education, good jobs, and support for domestic duties. Although transforming long-held laws, beliefs and practices may be difficult,[Read More…]

by 02/11/2016 1 comment Patriarchy
Poor Women: A Voiceless Underclass

Poor Women: A Voiceless Underclass

A mother is a school. Empower her and you empower a great nation.   -Hafez Ibrahim, Egyptian poet  The real tragedy of the poor, particularly the women among them, is that their voice is unheard in forums, even at those which are exclusively devoted to their problems. As the Madagasy proverb goes, “poverty won’t allow him to lift his head, dignity[Read More…]

by 01/11/2016 1 comment Patriarchy
What Does Kerala’s 60th Birthday Mean To Women?

What Does Kerala’s 60th Birthday Mean To Women?

Kerala becomes 60 years old on 1st November. Over the past 60 years, this Indian state has witnessed phenomenal changes in politics, economy and ecology. Such changes may be true for other Indian states too. Individuals, groups, and communities everywhere in Indiaare indeed changing. But the trajectory of change for the women in Keralais different – both as ‘change makers’[Read More…]

by 31/10/2016 1 comment Patriarchy
Poor Women Furrowing Male Bastions

Poor Women Furrowing Male Bastions

Money is the seed of money, and the first guinea is sometimes more difficult to acquire than the second million. —Jean-Jacques Rousseau The 21st century poses many challenges that require new ways of thinking, none more important than the economic role of women in a rapidly changing world. Over the last several decades, it has become accepted wisdom that improving the[Read More…]

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Uniform Civil Code And Gender Justice

Uniform Civil Code And Gender Justice

The Prime Minister recently made a statement that he can’t allow lives of Muslim women to be ruined by Triple Talaq. He tried to pass on the message that he stands with women from minority communities on issues of gender justice. Saffron brigade as a whole has been consistently arguing for Uniform Civil Code. In this process, the Uniform Civil[Read More…]

by 28/10/2016 2 comments Patriarchy
Pivoting The Plus | A Radical Call For Recognizing Intersectionality In The LGBTQIA Community

Pivoting The Plus | A Radical Call For Recognizing Intersectionality In The LGBTQIA Community

It is time to pivot the plus. The very symbol that has served as an anachronistic additive for the LGBTQIA community has woefully subtracted. The very “+” that has elucidated the “freedom” that comes along with identifying as LGBTQIA has heretofore restricted. That is, the very image of the “+” has not invited intersectionality into the conversation but invalidated identities. It has not[Read More…]

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The Living Dead – The Untold Stories

The Living Dead – The Untold Stories

The clogged channels of my mind were set into action by an innocent status of a friend recently. -“I would’nt shoot the man who made the cage , but the bird that sings happily inside “! The complexities that lay enmeshed within these simple words taking me by surprise ! A coin has two sides …the beauty being they never[Read More…]

by 06/10/2016 2 comments Patriarchy
UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon (L) and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (R) during a joint press conference at Abbas' headquarters in the West Bank town of Ramallah, 15 August 2013. Ban Ki-moon visits the region to offer support to the difficult peace negotiations between Palestinians and Israel. His agenda includes talks in Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Photo by Issam Rimawi/FLASH90 *** Local Caption *** áàï ÷é îåï
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Ban Ki-Moon’s Legacy In Palestine: Failure In Words And Deeds

Ban Ki-Moon’s second term as the Secretary General of the United Nations is ending this December. He was the most ideal man for the job as far as the United States and its allies are concerned. Of course, there will always be other Ban Ki-Moons. In fact, the man himself was a modified version of his predecessor, Kofi Annan. The[Read More…]

by 28/09/2016 1 comment Patriarchy
Pink or Blue. Don’t Be Clones Of Each Other. Create Your Own Hue!

Pink or Blue. Don’t Be Clones Of Each Other. Create Your Own Hue!

I stumbled across so many posts on social media about the new bollywood movie, PINK. Watching a few clips of the movie, compelled me to write something that has been in my sub conscious mind for a long time now. Movies can create a social impact. I recall one such instance; a friend of mine refused to pay a kickback[Read More…]

by 27/09/2016 4 comments Patriarchy
Questioning The Patriarchal Attitudes: A Review Of The Film Pink 

Questioning The Patriarchal Attitudes: A Review Of The Film Pink 

  Instances of rape are quite common in India. According to National Crimes Record Bureau (NCRB), about 93 rapes take place in India every day. Two different perspectives emerge in relation to cause of rapes. There is a prevalent patriarchal view with a base in feudal mindset, which blames the victim.  It argues that rapes do happen due to lack[Read More…]

by 26/09/2016 1 comment Arts/Literature, Patriarchy
#HappyToBleed Campaign Is Back

#HappyToBleed Campaign Is Back

Nikita Azad is back with #HappyToBleed campaign once again. Last year, on November 21, 2015, #HappyToBleed campaign was launched as a counter attack against the sexist statement given by Devaswom chief Prayar Gopalakrishnan who had stated that women will be allowed to enter the famous Sabarimala temple in Kerala only after a machine to “check the purity of women”. Countercurrents.org[Read More…]

by 30/08/2016 3 comments Patriarchy
Rising Divorces In India

Rising Divorces In India

When a marriage is no longer sacrosanct, can assisting in getting a divorce be called profane?

by 24/08/2016 1 comment Patriarchy
Masculinity Goes To The Movies…

Masculinity Goes To The Movies…

Recently, I was tagged on Facebook to participate in something called the “80s Music Challenge.” I excitedly agreed but such social media shenanigans did not come without an ugly lesson. You see, when I contemplated which songs to post, I encountered many that contained horribly insensitive and misogynistic lyrics — by performers like Public Enemy, Van Halen, Beastie Boys, Ice[Read More…]

by 20/08/2016 1 comment Patriarchy
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Feminism And The Politics Of The Commons

Reproduction precedes social production. Touch the women, touch the rock. 1 – Peter Linebaugh At least since the Zapatistas took over the zócalo in San Cristobal de las Casas on December 31, 1993, to protest legislation dissolving the ejidal lands of Mexico, the concept of “the commons” has been gaining popularity.2 There are important reasons why this apparently archaic idea has[Read More…]

Battered Women Syndrome: Applying This Legal Doctrine In The Indian Context

Battered Women Syndrome: Applying This Legal Doctrine In The Indian Context

Over the last decade, a shift in approach towards domestic violence has taken place and several legal reforms have been directed to assist the survivors. The Protection of Women Against Domestic Violence Act is one of such law that has been enacted in the year 2005 to provide civil remedies to the survivors besides criminalizing domestic violence. While these legal[Read More…]

by 06/08/2016 1 comment Patriarchy
Save Yourselves, Women Of India, As The Republic Will Not

Save Yourselves, Women Of India, As The Republic Will Not

Delhi, the national capital of India, has witnessed another gory incident involving the rape-murder of a minor. This time, a 16-year-old was allegedly raped, strangled, and then set on fire in her own house in East Delhi. The police reportedly tried to pass off the crime as suicide, filing a case of rape and murder only after the autopsy proved[Read More…]

by 02/08/2016 2 comments Patriarchy
Gang Rape Survivor Gang Raped By The Same Accused Again

Gang Rape Survivor Gang Raped By The Same Accused Again

In a rule of law jurisdiction, the story of a victim of gang rape being raped by the same accused against whom court proceedings continue, might be outlandish. But, in India today, these are the common stories that confront anyone willing to see reality: A Dalit gang rape survivor has allegedly been gang raped again by the same five accused[Read More…]

by 20/07/2016 2 comments Patriarchy
The Two Child Norm Conundrum

The Two Child Norm Conundrum

There was a small news item in the Times of India dated 3rd July, 2016.It related to Bhopal  .It read , ” 3 peons breach MPs-2 child norm ,sacked.” It stated that they were removed from service at Damoh District Court as the year long enquiry determined that they had more than two children.It went to to say that more peons would[Read More…]

by 13/07/2016 6 comments India, Patriarchy
Towards Recognition And Identity:  The Plight Of Transsexuals in Kerala

Towards Recognition And Identity:  The Plight Of Transsexuals in Kerala

The allegations came recently in newspapers that two transsexuals are brutally attacked by the police in Kochi. This is the current situation of transgender life in Kerala albeit the existence of the transgender policy the state triumphs.  They are being faced discrimination continuously in various forms. Apropos to this incident the allegation is charged against those who should actually assure[Read More…]

by 11/07/2016 2 comments Patriarchy
Fight! By Aislinn Ritchie, Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

In The Days Of My Youth, I Was Told What It Means To Be A Man

Over the years, I’ve written a fair amount of autobiographical pieces but it’s only recently that I’ve begun to re-explore some of these episodes from a more critical, radical perspective. With that in mind, to follow is yet another revised memoir-of-sorts.  Even though I grew up in a “tough” neighborhood and trained myself in hand-to-hand combat, I’ve never been eager[Read More…]

by 10/07/2016 1 comment Patriarchy
Feminist Socialism And The Commons

Feminist Socialism And The Commons

Hilary Wainwright, of the Transnational Institute and co-editor of Red Pepper magazine, made a lasting impression on the Commons Transition/P2P Foundation team with her panel presentation at the recent Commons Collaborative Economies event in Barcelona. During her presentation, Wainwright shared her insights on the hidden commons of care. “Women have been creating a Commons for a long time: the domestic[Read More…]

Dowry Deaths: India’s Shame 

Dowry Deaths: India’s Shame 

What the Women and Child Development Minister Ms. Maneka Gandhi, admitted on the floor of the Lok Sabha was startling, between 2012 and 2014, around 25,000 women either committed suicide or were killed due to dowry harassment; this vindicates the claim of women’s movement in India. Taunts, mental and physical abuse and ultimate death by murder or ‘forced-to-commit-suicide’ is an open fact of the Indian society

by 06/07/2016 1 comment Patriarchy
Texas, Abortion And The US Supreme Court

Texas, Abortion And The US Supreme Court

The abortion right in the United States, given full force in Roe v Wade, has never been a plain sailing affair.[1] The language of rights is ever a prickly matter, marred by the undergrowth of burdensome reasoning and poor application.  In a country where the foetus, less than quality of life, is holy, obstacles will always exist. The subject before[Read More…]

A Quest For Identity: From Personal To Political

A Quest For Identity: From Personal To Political

By J Nigam and Shalu Nigam Mature men and some women in mysterious black coats, a weary face listening, though with little attention, to these two segments arguing, fighting, abusing and shouting, and an allegorical lady justice with blindfolds balancing some scales- that’s a courtroom in my eyes as a four year old child! Though I had barely opened my[Read More…]

by 24/06/2016 0 comments Patriarchy
Stop Victim Shaming: No Tolerance To Misogyny At SRFTI

Stop Victim Shaming: No Tolerance To Misogyny At SRFTI

  Being female in this world means having been robbed of the potential for human choice by men who love to hate us. One does not make choices in freedom. Instead, one conforms in body type and behavior and values to become an object of male sexual desire, which requires an abandonment of a wide-ranging capacity for choice… Andrea Dworkin[Read More…]

by 21/06/2016 0 comments Patriarchy
Girls Should Have Equal Access To Education For Making An Egalitarian Society

Girls Should Have Equal Access To Education For Making An Egalitarian Society

On achieving independence in 1947, it was expected and believed that India will become a nation wherein there will be no place for any kind of seclusion, exclusion and suppression in the name of caste, religion, sex or language. With the same objective, the founding fathers of our nation gave us a Constitution which guarantees the values of equality, equity[Read More…]

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Sex , Sexuality And Sex Education In Punjab in 21st Century

Sex , Sexuality And Sex Education In Punjab in 21st Century

Punjab is a predominantly patriarchal agrarian society . Men head the family and women playing a subordinate role . Sikhism and Hinduism are the major religions , with Muslims and Christians as Minorties . What are Punjabis thoughts on Sex , Sexuality , Transgender and Homosexuality ? Punjabi people are deeply religious and religion dictates sexual attitudes . Kam /[Read More…]

by 18/06/2016 0 comments Patriarchy
The Concept Of Women In Communal Ideologies: A Study Into The ideologies Of RSS And Jamat-e-Islami

The Concept Of Women In Communal Ideologies: A Study Into The ideologies Of RSS And Jamat-e-Islami

A communal organization derives its ideology, base and support from religion and tradition, that is, from the past or the existing social order, and functions as a bridge between religion and politics. Tradition is the continuation of the ‘glorious past’ as perceived, and projected, by the ideologies of such organizations, which may or may not bear any resemblance to historical[Read More…]

by 18/06/2016 4 comments Patriarchy
Normalisation Of Rape Culture In India: Eroticised Regressive Nationalism

Normalisation Of Rape Culture In India: Eroticised Regressive Nationalism

There is a fine line between prevention and normalisation of any entity. When an event manifests itself through the acceptance of society , passively as an everyday occurrence or something that is unavoidable, it already is nurturing a dysfunctional repressed violent idea. One of the celebrated deviant normalcy in the Indian society is that of a Rape. What imparts it[Read More…]

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Genetically MODIfied Babies In Gujarat?

Genetically MODIfied Babies In Gujarat?

By Shobha Aggarwal & Dr. P.S. Sahni “If there are two daughters born in the home, and the third child born is also a daughter, then she is told, now I want a son, so get another wife. Even if the fault is with the man, the entire burden of the fault is on the woman’s head, and so our[Read More…]

by 18/06/2016 0 comments Patriarchy
A Critique of Human Society Since The Neolithic Revolution

A Critique of Human Society Since The Neolithic Revolution

There is a long history of social critics and progressive thinkers offering critiques of human society. Among those who are better known, Karl Marx offered a critique of capitalism, anarchists have critiqued the state, Mohandas K. Gandhi offered a critique of industrial society, Sigmund Freud and Herbert Marcuse offered critiques of civilization, and feminists have critiqued patriarchy. In addition, critiques[Read More…]

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