May 07, 2014

Feminist Interventions on Gender and South Asia: Conference Highlights

South Asia by the Bay: Graduate Conference 2014, UC Santa Cruz, May 2-3, 2014

Image by Sheba Chhachhi. A full program awaited attendees of this year’s graduate conference, organized annually by South Asia by the Bay, a consortium of California Universities (UC Santa Cruz, UC Berkeley, UC Davis and Stanford. The […]

January 19, 2014

Gloria Steinem and Ruchira Gupta Mesmerize the Jaipur Literary Festival audience, January 2014

Gloria Steinem, whose powerful work has been inspiring feminists across the globe for 50 years, along with Ruchira Gupta, who founded the anti-trafficking organization Aapne Aap, led a session at the Jaipur Literary Festival on January 17and were welcomed by a warm and enthusiastic crowd. I enjoyed how the pomp of the session’s title “The […]

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 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…” […]

May 15, 2013

Making Choices: The Rhetoric and The Reality

By Sanjana Gaind

This is the third 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”. The first and second posts are here. CREA is a feminist […]

February 16, 2013

A Critique of One Billion Rising

Eve Ensler’s campaign has sparked some important demonstrations and vital public protests. But her organization’s methods are quite top-down. As one instance, it can be frustrating to receive elaborate instructions policing productions of the Vagina Monologues. These instructions change every year, and in a small way seem to go against the spirit of […]

February 14, 2013

Kamla Bhasin at OBR Delhi amidst chants of azaadi

Hum le kar rahenge, Azaadi….. Arre haq hai hamara, Azaadi….. Hum cheen ke lenge, Azaadi…… Hum pyaar se lenge, Azaadi…… Aaj to le kar rehanege, Azaadi….. Just returned from the OBR event in Delhi today held at Parliament Street. The atmosphere was electric and so was the energy visible among the hundreds present there. […]

December 23, 2012

The Facebook Group

For those on Facebook, we are posting links related to the Delhi gang-rape on the Ultra Violet group page. So please do join and share your thoughts. This is the link: http://www.facebook.com/groups/5279003739/?ref=ts&fref=ts    

October 23, 2012

Let’s do it, but only if it’s fair and tight!

Ironic how our country saw the launch of a ‘vaginal tightening’ cream just a few days ahead of Indian Independence Day. How can we put two and two together? The ‘empowerment’ of women and their independence from the shackles of patriarchy, right? Wrong. Watching this ad brought back memories of a similarly endorsed product for […]

October 05, 2012

New section: Feminism & Diaspora

I’m so happy to announce that long-time regular and one of our best contributors, Dilnavaz Bamboat, will be Section Editor for a new section on Feminism & Diaspora. Here’s what she has to say about the section: The Feminism & Diaspora section looks at exploring the lives and choices of the South Asian diaspora around […]

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