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By Uzma Shamim: Editorial Note: As the World Breastfeeding Week comes to an end, we examine why breastfeeding in public spaces is frowned upon. The Breastfeeding Week’s theme, this year, had been- Breastfeeding and Work- Let’s make it work, so that incidents of blatant sexism can be avoided by creating awareness in workplaces. Years ago […]
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By P. Sainath: The woman rolling the lumps of fuel in Bihar is making an astonishing contribution to the national economy. One though, that will not figure in our GDP. If the millions of households using cow dung as a fuel switched over to fossil fuels, it would be a catastrophe. India spends more foreign […]
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By Sanskriti Pandey: Every seemingly ordinary act of hers reeks of subordination. She breathes in air that’s either heavy with male domination, or expectations of meek and controlled behaviour. She is a woman of the Indian society, and she refuses to be a victim any longer. A huge 48.3% of this country constitutes the female […]
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By Nur Ibrahim: The first time I skipped my Quran reading class, I was 11. I stayed inside the room while my brother carried on his poorly-accented Arabic recitations with our Qari sahib. I wasn’t worried about getting in trouble for not attending; my mother had told him I was “sick”. I was nervous about […]
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By Abheet Singh Sethi: With controversy continuing over the ban on India’s Daughter, a documentary on the Delhi rape case of December 2012, what has not been discussed as much is the record of our judicial system in prosecuting such cases. Only one in four rape trials leads to conviction in India, according to the […]
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By Chaitanya Mallapur: Women have now served in India’s armed forces for 88 years, but despite their recent prominence, they hold only temporary ten-year jobs, are not allowed on fighting ships, fighter planes and other combat units, and make up only 5% of military officers. So, is the Indian military doing well by its women […]
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By Komal Singh for Youth Ki Awaaz: Dance is an expression of our inner freedom. Our inner voice. A voice that cannot be stifled. Why I Dance from Why I Dance Film on Vimeo. This video isn’t just about pole dancing. It’s about women choosing to express themselves in a way that they love and […]
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By Akhila Nagar: What happens to the issues of women’s security when a Parliament with only 11% representation of women sits down to formulate the Union Budget? Nothing. While policy reforms catering to an international audience such as a threefold increase in the number countries with visa-on-arrival facilities seem to make it to the list, […]
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Submitted Anonymously: Menstruation was a very confusing experience for me when I was growing up. The reason I term it ‘confusing’ is because just after my menarche, my mother had an open discussion with me about it. She sat me down and responded to my queries patiently. Her affectionate and caring attitude had sort of […]
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By Savvy Soumya Misra: “Agar biwi bolegi toh karwa loonga”, (If my wife tells me I will get it done) says Dashrathi Mullick on a little prodding. Dashrathi is talking about vasectomy. He was taken aback when I asked him if he would undergo an operation instead of his wife having to go through one. […]
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Submitted Anonymously: Last year in August, my paternal grandfather (dada) passed away. I was shocked at the pure occurrence of this eventuality translating into a reality; an end, that all members of my family had been waiting for. In November 2013, I finally mustered the courage to pick up the phone and call the Delhi […]
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People change, their careers, views, political positions, religious affiliations might change. Kiran Bedi can also change. Her entry into the ambit of Bharatiya Janata Party has created an uproar on social media with all her old tweets being shared, discussed and deleted. But we thought change is not something that has to be despised, but […]
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By Nishtha Vyas: A curious paradox is that we Indians, who are born nosy, have high levels of apathy and hesitation towards molestation or eve-teasing of any sort. Sure, we are an opinionated lot, with a fair share of knowledge of what is “morally good or bad”. But when majority of the population decides to […]
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By Archeeta Pujari: Congratulations! You’ve just turned 18! You’re an adult now! An exciting journey of exploration and responsibility lies ahead of you…You can now legally participate in the democratic process of your country, you can drive on the road if you want to, you can get married and start a family, you can be […]
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By Pratichi Mahapatra: “I was 11 when my grandmother told me that I could not enter the kitchen during my periods. I wondered why, given it was already quite disgusting to be conscious about blood oozing out of your body all the time, and apparently, without a visible wound. Later on, I once asked my […]
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By Kainat Sarfaraz: “As I sat hunched over a stove in the kitchen, he came in from behind, splayed my back with kerosene oil, threw in a lighted match and ran away.” (Source) This isn’t a one-off story and happens much more frequently in more different forms than you imagine. Over 70% of the women […]
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By Akshaya Kumar Biswal: Recently, I was in Dhenkanal discussing about domestic violence with one of the vigilance groups supported by our partner organisation. We discussed about dowry and domestic violence and its legal implications. During the discussion, Indira Mohanty, a leader of the vigilance group said “If we want to address domestic violence, we […]
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By Zehra Kazmi: Mardaangi. Manliness. Masculinity. One in three men don’t allow their partner to wear certain clothes and one in five agree with the statement, “When my wife/partner wears things to make herself look beautiful, I think she may be trying to attract other men.” 66 percent agree that they have more say than […]
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By Suraiya Tabassum: For as long as I can remember, applying for educational institutions, jobs, bank accounts, driving licenses or for official documents, requires filling up forms with a column specifying the father’s name for the purpose of identification. It’s a pity that while the Indian society eulogises motherhood, a mother does not have equal […]
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By Krishangi Singh: In 2012, the high profile Nirbhaya rape case made our nation question women safety in public transportation. Back then, the state responded by cancelling over 2500 permits of contract carriages and chartered buses due to fake address registration. [State Transport Authority of Delhi] Two years later, the average Delhi woman was feeling […]
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By Shambhavi Saxena: December 16th, 2012 was a tipping point. The anger and outrage empowered many to take a stand in their personal lives, to call out against sexual violence, and hold the concerned authorities accountable. Two years hence, the personal accounts of seven women from different cities who’ve experienced sexual harassment, revealed a number […]
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By Anju Anna John: What do Ramayana, Mahabharata, the medieval age and the post-Independent India have in common? Glaring examples of patriarchy and violence against women! In an ideal world, we would not have to work on the status of women, independent of that of men. However, in the patriarchal society that we live in […]

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