June 13, 2013

Talking to kids about sexual safety: Childline India’s school programme

Jack Kerouac – “One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”

Finding the right words is a struggle. There are manifestos attached to it. There are mottoes. How to encompass concepts of safety and abuse then within 12 point serif letters? How to talk to children? This is what Childline [...]

May 07, 2013

Good Girls Don’t Dance: Film Screening Announcement

By Padmalatha Ravi   Date: 12 May 2013, Sunday Time: 3.30pm to 5.30 pm Venue: Jaaga, KH Road,Bangalore Map – https://maps.google.co.in/maps?hl=en&gs_rn=12&gs_ri=psy-ab&tok=Eur7-5xPxy76OJ-yNjEQ5w&cp=5&gs_id=6&xhr=t&q=jaaga&bav=on.2,or.r_cp.r_qf.&bvm=bv.45960087,d.bmk&biw=1280&bih=619&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wl Entry fee: Free About the film: Good girls don’t dance. Good girls don’t go out after sun down. Good girls don’t use mobile phones or have Facebook profile. Good girls stay away from chowmein-eating [...]

April 24, 2013

Ta(l)king sex beyond English

This is the second of a series of posts written from the experiences at CREA of implementing a program called “Count Me IN! It’s My Body: Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Young Girls through Sports”. CREA is a feminist human rights organization based in Delhi (www.creaworld.org).   (Take fifteen seconds for each [...]

March 06, 2013

6 March EVENT: Mumbai Public Meeting on Women and Online Abusive Speech

When Kashmiri all-women rockband Pragaash recently decided to disband, the online abuse that they had received – including rape threats – was believed to have played an important role in this. The members of Pragaash are not, however, the only ones who have faced such abusive speech. Over recent months, it has become increasingly evident [...]

March 05, 2013

The creation of a narrative frame: the Delhi gangrape and the mainstream media

On 16 December, 2012, a student travelling home with a friend in South Delhi was raped by six men on a bus. Everyone who reads the news knows this story: the bus was a private one, possibly taken on a joyride for this express purpose; the six men involved have been arrested and are [...]

February 23, 2013

A Response to the One Billion Rising Campaign

There is no movement that is above criticism. Especially not within Feminist circles. So it’s no surprise that One Billion Rising, despite the phenomenon that it has come to be, drew its own share of flak. On the offset, I suppose I should clarify that I am a huge, if not blind, fan of Eve [...]

February 05, 2013

Mumbai Rising

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yebYB1q_oFE   Women are rising to protest, to dance, to heal, to reclaim, to flaunt, to bloom, against violence, against cruelty… Join us at Mumbai Rising on 14 February 2013. Where: Bandra Amphitheatre, Bandstand, Mumbai. When: 5.30 – 8.30 PM. This video was made for Mumbai Rising as part of One Billion Rising by the [...]

January 03, 2013

The Grey Zone: Censorship and Consent

I confess. I signed the online petition requesting a Gurgaon hotel to cancel Honey Singh’s New Year’s Eve performance. Even as I signed I felt a twinge of anxiety at asking to censor a performer. It was a peculiar moment. A brutal sexual assault had ended the life of a young woman despite a brave [...]

December 27, 2012

Not your maa-behen: A nation of victims

The Delhi bus rape survivor and I are about the same age and she studies in my hometown. Like many of you, I am clenching my jaw and my fists as I follow realtime coverage of the Delhi gang rape in a weird masochistic frenzy. There are sharp and insightful analyses of sexual violence, structural [...]

December 25, 2012

A Short Note Responding to the Responses to the Ongoing Anti Rape Protests in Delhi

By G. Arunima The ongoing anti rape protests in Delhi has provoked many responses amongst most of us, and often these are inconsistent. I see no problem with that. The statement issued by the ‘Progressive Women’s Groups and Individuals’ reflects the concerns many of us have about treating this incident as exceptional, or about the [...]

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