September 24, 2013

Event Announcement: Panel Discussion

          Reclaiming Rights: Challenging Gender-based Violence in South Asia Date and time: Wednesday, September 25, 2013; 6 to 8 pm Venue: International Development Exchange (IDEX), 333 Valencia St., Suite 250, San Francisco About the event: The Delhi and Mumbai gangrapes have garnered critical public attention, outrage, and mobilising in India [...]

September 16, 2013

We Shall Overcome

  THE RAPE OF THE 23-year old medical student, Ms. Jyoti Singh Pandey, in New Delhi in December 2012 outraged many around the world. Sadly, for those of us with ties to India, this crime, as horrific and shocking as it was, did not come as a complete surprise. More recently, the same act was [...]

September 10, 2013

Always Around the Corner: Using Female Abuse to Sell

I RECENTLY RECEIVED a comment from a reader of another blog I write, stating that she didn’t believe patriarchy was such a menace in America. I read the comment, took a deep breath, and pondered on the gentlest possible way to dispel that notion without mailing her a dossier of statistics. Turns out I didn’t [...]

August 27, 2013

When the clock stopped ticking…

A red coloured Maruti van parked 100 metres away. Four hefty men with bulging eyes. Stark silence, dreaded darkness. No familiar faces in sight. The time was past midnight. … a shiver ran down my spine. —– Amidst the chaos and clutter of charred bodies being wheeled in with families breaking down, little did I [...]

August 26, 2013

Why Loitering is worth the Risk

By Shilpa Phadke, Sameera Khan and Shilpa Ranade

We post an extract from our book Why Loiter? Women and Risk on Mumbai Streets in the wake of the recent gangrape of a journalist in Mumbai. It is true that women get attacked in public spaces in cities (and elsewhere), but it is also [...]

August 23, 2013

NWMI condemns gangrape of woman journalist in Mumbai & demands safety for women media professionals

  The Network of Women in Media, India, (NWMI) is shocked and angry at the alleged gangrape of a woman journalist and the assault on her male colleague in the evening of August 22 while they were on assignment for a print publication near the Shakti Mills compound at Mahalaxmi in Central Mumbai. The [...]

August 16, 2013

Loving “her” to Death

By Janaki Nair   A grisly attack on a young woman student and the violent suicide of a “spurned” boyfriend has shocked and alarmed the campus community at JNU in Delhi. Long believed to be the small “republic” where few of the violent hierarchies that are the staple of Indian life prevail, and where the [...]

August 13, 2013

Brown in America

My sister was born 4 years before me and a few shades darker. Just enough to cross the color line in the United States. When she tried out for Tom Sawyer, they cast her as Injun Joe. It didn’t matter that she was a girl; she was the only brown kid in the cast. East [...]

August 02, 2013

The Myth of the Supermom

By Shazia Nigar

This year on Mother’s Day I came across a cartoon strip that I thought was appropriate for my mother. Two kids were peering into their mother’s closet in absolute awe. They had just discovered a ‘Superwoman’ costume in there. One of them says “ So that’s how she does it…” [...]

July 27, 2013

Commercial Surrogacy: choice and health

Being pregnant comes with its advantages. One of these is that a healthy amount of pampering is expected and endured. Pregnant women can put their feet up more than usual, or at least that’s how it should be, how we want it to be. Because for most of us, this is supposed to be (at [...]

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