2018, in many ways, was the year of ground-breaking events and breakthrough reactions. On Youth Ki Awaaz, we saw your voices take centre stage with diverse issues, helping create and continue much-needed conversations. From moving personal stories to compelling opinion pieces and exclusive in-depth research series, users like you have raised the standard of quality story-telling on digital media.
Here’s a look at the most powerful stories published on Youth Ki Awaaz in 2018 that have reinforced our faith in our mission and the power of your words.
It shows in the rape jokes you overhear, in the friendly advice to take it as a compliment, in the look men exchange when a woman passes.
I was also receiving messages from a whole lot of people, telling me that they can fix MD/MS seats even before the results could come.
The best-kept secret about the practice perhaps is what happens to these children after the festival.
We should stop treating children committing crimes in isolation from how we are raising them in the first place
The Malayalam magazine ‘Grihalakshmi’ took a bold stand by featuring a model breastfeeding a baby on its cover. The cover sparked a nationwide debate. We asked the Youth Ki Awaaz community what they felt about the issue of breastfeeding in public, and the ‘Grihalakshmi’ cover. Here’s a look at some of the responses.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi came out in December 2012 in support of Jyoti Singh aka Nirbhaya and called her Bharat ki Beti. Is Asifa not Bharat ki Beti for him?
Chaudhuri’s case is just one of many that are mismanaged by the very systems meant to see them through to justice.
Before we ask men to stop pulling women back, let’s support and choose each other based on capabilities and not gender.
I have been working with these young, tribal and Dalit girls on Sexual Reproductive Health Rights for the past 5 years and I am shocked at how little they know about menstrual hygiene, even now.
The experiences in these cities were beset with racism, discrimination and ignorance. Whether or not you feel gloomy, the weather always will be.
For most women living in shelters, there is often no difference between having that roof over your head and sleeping on the roadside.
I was young, alone in a big metro, no relatives or parents whose shoulder I could cry on and definitely no friend because to everyone else I had somehow and most undeservedly got hold of the best man on the planet.
More than 370 people have been killed and lakhs affected in one of the worst floods to hit the state. It’s time for us to step up and help.
Our children are going to have sex, more often without telling us. As parents, we should prepare them to make the right choices.
26-year-old Vikas, or ‘Whiskey’, as she is known, shares a story of what it means to lead a dual life.
In a week-long campaign with Tinder India, we celebrated all gender identities, expressions, love and acceptance. Read more stories of queer Indians living and loving as they are with #AllTypesAllSwipes.
Violence broke out between KIIT students, the day after a girl who was allegedly harassed protested with her batchmates, outside the accused’s hostel.
The women do enormous work, from household chores to working in the fields from 7 AM to 3 PM. They live and work in terrible conditions with awful sanitation and hygiene.
YKA user Sumantra Mukherjee has reported exclusive stories on the condition of tribal workers in Assam’s tea gardens. Read more here.
India has two major provisions to safeguard the interests of workers: the Payment of Wages Act 1936 and the Minimum Wages Act 1948.
Through an excellently researched five article series, YKA user Mrittunjoy discussed and highlighted the realities, needs and interests of the working class in India. Read them here.
MP Rajeev Satav on why he introduced a Private Member Bill on paid paternity leave
The holistic development of a newborn should be the joint responsibility of both the mother and the father. The absence of paternity leave is reflective of a stereotype that child care is the sole responsibility of the mother.
Read what YKA users have to say about the Paternity Leave Bill.
MP Husain Dalwai on why the current Triple Talaq Bill is problematic.
The Bill I introduced prescribes two procedures for dissolution of marriage – one which is initiated outside the court and one which is initiated through the court – and parties are given the option to choose either of the procedures.
Read what YKA users have to say about the Triple Talaq Bill.
MP Kalikesh Singh Deo on the importance of making lobbying transparent.
Enabling a trend of greater participation by a diverse set of actors would allow lobbying to play a positive role in policy making, because it would help meaningfully provide representation.
Read what YKA users have to say about the Disclosure of Lobbying Activities Bill.
MP Dr. Kirit Solanki on the working condition of domestic workers in India.
They are denied fair wages, sometimes made to work 15 hours a day, seven days a week without an off.
Read what YKA users have to say about the Domestic Workers (Decent Working Conditions) Bill.
A quarter of a century has passed by, yet the entire incident is etched in my mind so clearly that it hurts like it did on that fateful day.
Supreme Court of India will be announcing its verdict on Section 377 which criminalises same sex relationships.
From West to East, countless spiritual leaders are abusing their flocks. Prominent politicians boast of bowing and prostrating before these abusers.
South Asian Affairs Analyst and YKA user Pieter Friedrich wrote a powerful series on sexual violence in India and the culture of silence we have created. Read the stories here.
I don’t know whether it was my identity as a Dalit woman that decided my profession or it was my profession that decided my social identity.
With WaterAid India, we are talking about the reality of the inhumane practise of manual scavenging in India. Take a look at what YKA users have said so far and how you can be a part.
The lack of awareness about Hindu nationalism and its evils, seems like a systemic predicament.
Since 2015, lakhs of mill workers in Silchar, Assam, have lost their jobs and livelihoods, and negligence from authorities is stinging.
There is also the gap between rhetoric and reality, the contradiction between a man of action and the disastrous records of his government.