November 24, 2013

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence – Queer Feminist Caucus India

Queer Feminist Caucus India is hosting 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence online. This year’s theme is militarism, and we are especially focusing on AFSPA and gender violence. We are: 1. Tweeting – We’ll be hosting two tweetathons from our Twitter handle @InQueer on Nov 1 and Nov 7, from 9 pm IST onwards. [...]

November 26, 2007

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THE DAY FOR THE Zithromax Suspension 200 Per Teaspoon, Elimination of Violence against Women passed yesterday and kicked off 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991. Sponsored by the Center for Women's Global Leadership, the 16 Days Campaign has been used as an organizing strategy by individuals and groups around the world to call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women by:

  • raising awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international levels
  • strengthening local work around violence against women
  • establishing a clear link between local and international work to end violence against women
  • providing a forum in which organizers can develop and share new and effective strategies
  • demonstrating the solidarity of women around the world organizing against violence against women
  • creating tools to pressure governments to implement promises made to eliminate violence against women
Not much in the Indian press about it except a few whimpers here and here though I'm wondering if the cringe-worthy hyperbole of the latter will do us more harm than good: "She lies there like a lifeless ragdoll beaten black and blue by the beast, She complains not, Zithromax Suspension 200 Per Teaspoon paypal, only her eyes well up with tears, precious tears Her muffled sobs an expression of her torture and torment She knows not for what she lives Always at the receiving end of her callous man’s ire and reproof She beats her breast in dismay…". Good god. There should be a law against writing so badly, Zithromax Suspension 200 Per Teaspoon usa, even if it is for a good cause. All I found in The Hindu was an article on Nov 26 being World Anti-Obesity Day. Frankly, I am surprised at this silence, Zithromax Suspension 200 Per Teaspoon.

Infochange India, one of our favourite alternative news sources, has a special report on violence against women rising in Kerala. Aleyamma Vijayan answers the question of why a state that boasts India’s highest literacy levels should witness a 300% increase in violence against women, 40mg Zithromax Suspension 200 Per Teaspoon.

Literacy and education do not change mindsets. In a deeply patriarchal society, education teaches women to be good wives and mothers. Zithromax Suspension 200 Per Teaspoon, This attitude has been supplemented by missionary education, which brought with it a Victorian morality.

In this context, one must remember that Kerala is at the forefront of suicides in the country; around 36% of them are a result of family or marital problems. One would assume that large-scale migration out of Kerala to other countries has resulted in a change in attitude. Zithromax Suspension 200 Per Teaspoon uk, But most people from this state go to work in the countries of the Middle East which are extremely traditional in their outlook towards women.

So here, factors like education and international exposure are debilitating rather than liberating in any way. This is something that's been bothering me for a while, ever since Gita Aravamudan, author of Disappearing Daughters, pointed out that female foeticide is also more prevalent in richer, 20mg Zithromax Suspension 200 Per Teaspoon, better-educated homes. I grew up on a staple diet of cliches regarding the world and social change and one of them had to do with education being the panacea for all ills. When will men stop beating up women, Zithromax Suspension 200 Per Teaspoon. When will people not fight on religious grounds. When will caste be abolished. 100mg Zithromax Suspension 200 Per Teaspoon, When everybody is educated. Were others also similarly reassured or was I the only one conned in this manner. Zithromax Suspension 200 Per Teaspoon, But of course, it is foolish to expect that 'educated' men and women will automatically behave in a particular manner when we have no fix on the nature of this education in the first place. The specifics of what education comprises differs from state to state, city to city, school to school. And as Vijayan points out, 150mg Zithromax Suspension 200 Per Teaspoon, a vast majority of educational institutions are highly patriarchal.

I was lucky enough to attend a school and, particularly, a college that stood very strongly for women's rights. 250mg Zithromax Suspension 200 Per Teaspoon, (We even had a paper on Feminism as part of our BA course in English Literature and I suspect this changed my life in many ways.) This probably added to the misconception that education could truly change misogynistic or unbalanced attitudes. But the fact is that a vast majority of schools are run in a haphazard manner with idiots posturing as teachers, Zithromax Suspension 200 Per Teaspoon. Children are encouraged to ask no questions and burdened with antiquated morals such as blind obedience, all of which build towards a culture of submissiveness. Girl children receive these messages at home as well, unlike boys who are let free to run and play or given larger helpings of food and treated like little gods. Little wonder then that when girls grow up to be women and receive a few sound whacks in their husband's homes, 40mg Zithromax Suspension 200 Per Teaspoon, they don't even realise they should be complaining. They don't even see it as "violence" a lot of the time. Zithromax Suspension 200 Per Teaspoon, Coming back to where I started off from, editors and senior journalists of prominent newspapers obviously do not think this is an issue worth discussing. So there is no series of columns giving insights into the various aspects and implications. No "Lead India"-like campaign in ToI. 10mg Zithromax Suspension 200 Per Teaspoon, No railing editorials from aging and mostly senile columnists. (Shashi Tharoor, when you're done with lamenting the fact that we Indian women are not wearing the sari any more, you think you could turn your attention to this?)

I get the disturbing sense that violence against women is so accepted within the framework of our society, something that we have become so used to, that it ceases to even horrify anymore.

Meanwhile, can you name 16 forms of violence against women. Are you sure you don't know anyone facing one of these. Are you sure you're not facing one of these yourself.

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