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Why fuss-fuss about mack-up creams?

May 2, 2012

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By Suchi Govindarajan, HimalFairness is good, no? I am very much connected to Internetworks these days. My friends are sending me every day new new links, and I am expanding my world too much. But yesterday one shocking video I saw. One married girl is thinking about those shame-shame areas of her body, that too […]

India’s Dalit women and the real cost of fast fashion

May 2, 2012

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Posted on 01 May 2012 Julie Tomlin WVoN co-editor The High Street frenzy that follows when the Duchess of Cambridge is snapped wearing a new dress can lead to 24-hour shifts for women working in some of India’s garment factories. That’s one of the findings of a new report Maid in India that reveals the […]

Girl Murdered as Building Site Sacrifice

May 1, 2012

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by Steve WilliamsMay 1, 2012 Image used under the Creative Commons Attribution License with thanks to tanakawho. Three Indian men are being held under suspicion of brutally murdering a five-year-old girl so one of them could use her as a sacrifice to bring prosperity to his embattled construction project, reports say. Reports The Hindu: The […]

Does attire define a woman?

April 30, 2012

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Rebika Laishram April 29, 2012 The Hindu All the northeast States have a very rich culture… a testimony to this is the Hornbill festival held annually in Nagaland. — File Photo: Ritu Raj Konwar In a land of salwar kameez and sarees, a young Mongoloid damsel walking around the streets in her shorts with a […]

Akshaya Tritiya: Hotbed of child marriages

April 27, 2012

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On the auspicious day of ‘Akshaya Tritiya’, thousands of child brides become victims of early marriage in India. Chaitra Arjunpuri Last Modified: 24 Apr 2012 Child marriage dates back to India’s ancient period [EPA] “I am one of those unfortunate Hindu women whose hard lot is to suffer the unnameable miseries entailed by the custom […]

Man commits suicide after wife’s sterilization

April 27, 2012

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Reblogged from kracktivist Suchandana Gupta | Apr 27, 2012 BHOPAL: The sterilization fiasco in Madhya Pradesh refuses to die down. Lamenting the decision of making his wife undergo sterilization two months ago, a 35-year-old man, father of six daughters committed suicide in Betul district on Wednesday. His wife, who went under the scalpel in February, […]

Female circumcision anger aired in India #FGM

April 27, 2012

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Reblogged from kractivist By Rupam Jain Nair | AFP – Tue, Apr 24, 2012 AFP Eleven years ago, Farida Bano was circumcised by an aunt on a bunk bed in her family home at the end of her 10th birthday party. The mutilation occurred not in Africa, where the practice is most prevalent, but in […]

Muslim Women in India Seek Gender Equality in Marriage

April 24, 2012

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By NILANJANA S. ROYPublished: April 24, 2012 NEW DELHI — Three years ago, Salma Khatun’s husband divorced her in a fit of rage after a quarrel, pronouncing what is known as the triple talaq in the presence of witnesses. The triple talaq is a formula of repudiation. The first two times it is pronounced, it […]

Forced marriage: the pupils who vanish in the holidays

April 24, 2012

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Why aren’t schools doing more to educate children about forced marriage? Louise Tickleguardian.co.uk, Monday 9 April 2012 Jasvinder Sanghera, of the charity Karma Nirvana, talks to pupils at Landau Forte college, Derby. Photograph: Fabio De Paola When pupils are at imminent risk of forced marriage, schools sometimes have to take desperate measures. For Liz Coffey, […]

Who will bell the Cat ? #Tribalrights

April 15, 2012

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Reblogged from kractivist MARI MARCEL THEKAEKARA, April 14, 2012, The Hindu What does one do when a tiger‘s life is apparently more precious than an Adivasi‘s? On March 30, Kokila, an Adivasi woman, was collecting firewood with a few friends near Kozhikolly village in the Devala area of Gudalur taluk, 50 km below Udhagamandalam, when […]

Gloria Steinem “Feminist approaches to combating sex trafficking and prostitution”- Responses

April 13, 2012

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Reblogged from kracktivistUp against the epidemic of trafficking-Neha Alawadhi, April3, 2012 “Prostitution is not inevitable, it is only about unequal distribution of power,” said author/activist Gloria Steinem talking about “Feminist approaches to combating sex trafficking and prostitution” here on Monday. Speaking at a Press conference and later at an interaction with students of Jawaharlal Nehru […]

The jails are full of Soni Soris

April 4, 2012

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Reblogged from aktivist Divya Trivedi, Hindu Women prisoners reveal the shocking conditions of their confinement –custodial violence, which has no sanction under law, is a part and parcel of the system Following a minor altercation with the warden in Ward No. 8 of Tihar Jail, Zohara Baratali received severe blows on her lower abdomen that […]

When Home Is No Refuge for Women

March 28, 2012

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By NILANJANA S. ROYPublished: March 27, 2012 NEW DELHI — This month, two women’s stories, told courageously, helped to underline the reality of domestic violence in India. Nita Bhalla, a journalist, wrote for the BBC about being physically assaulted by her partner. Meena Kandasamy, a poet and writer on social issues, wrote movingly in Outlook, […]

Indian mothers hold mass wedding in ‘village of sex workers’ to save daughters from prostitution

March 16, 2012

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Women in west India hamlet have been sold in sex trade for generations By Philip Caulfield / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Sunday, March 11, 2012 A young Indian bride walks with her family on the way to a wedding organized by a local agency in the village of Vadiya, India, on Sunday. A human rights […]

I salute Meena Kandasamy, each and every domestic Violence survivor needs to read this

March 13, 2012

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Reblogged from kractivist Meena is my Facebook friend, and I salute her, as it takes extraordinary courage to come out in the open about a violent and an abusive marriage, I hope this step by Meena ,will give the courage to many such women trapped in such abusive relationships to break their shackles ‘With sad-woman […]

When beauty is rendered as a tool to assert and/or negotiate spaces.

March 11, 2012

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Reblogged from kractivist by Minakshee Rode In a place like Pune University, whenever I look around, particularly, at the post graduate students studying English Literature, Caste and gender studies, one question always bothers me: what do we expect our mind-sets to be? Students are learning just rhetoric and politically correct language specifically in terms of caste. […]

It’s a women’s world: Dedicated activists who are raising awareness of social issues

March 8, 2012

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By Monalisa Das and Harsha Chawla UPDATED: 02:30 GMT, 8 March 2012 The power of blogging to draw attention to social issues became apparent some years ago, when the blog, Blank Noise, started by Jasmeen Patheja succeeded in raising awareness about street sexual harassment. A student of the Srishti School of Art Design and Technology […]

Human Rights Watch writes to PMO re Soni Sori’s case

March 7, 2012

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Reblogged from kracktivist March 7, 2012. Dr. Manmohan Singh Honorable Prime Minister of India South Block, Raisina Hill New Delhi 110011 India +91-11-23019545 / +91-11-23016857 Dear Prime Minister Manmohan Singh: I am writing on behalf of Human Rights Watch to draw your attention to the case of Soni Sori, a tribal woman accused by the […]

The feminist poets of Mumbra

March 5, 2012

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Reblogged from The feminist poets of Mumbra Mohammed Wajihuddin, TNN | Mar 4, 2012, In a modest flat off a dusty lane in the Muslim-majority town of Mumbra, a group of young girls is sitting in a semi-circle. Before they entered the apartment, they were all covered with the black veil, the unofficial dress code […]

In India, a ‘Blame the Victim’ Mentality

February 29, 2012

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By NILANJANA S. ROYPublished: February 28, 2012 NEW DELHI — When the West Bengal sports minister, Madan Mitra, offered his opinion of the character of a woman who was raped after leaving a Kolkata nightclub, he joined a long line of Indian officials who appear happy to blame the victim. “She has two children, and […]

Society needs to realise the horrific consequences of sex-selective abortions

February 25, 2012

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UK doctors who allegedly offer sex-selective abortions should look to India to see the emotional and social disaster they create Kishwar Desai guardian.co.uk, Friday 24 February 2012 The claim that doctors in the UK have been caught agreeing to conduct sex-selective abortions is extremely shocking – but certainly not surprising. At a time when doctors […]

Global Gender Imbalance Poses Critical Problems for Women

February 22, 2012

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By Charundi Panagoda A group of Chinese boys plays in the mud. By 2013, one in 10 Chinese men of marriageable age will lack a female counterpart. Credit:Jimmiehomeschoolmom/CC BY 2.0 WASHINGTON, Feb 21, 2012 (IPS) – In 2005, there were 163 million more men in Asia, more than the entire female population of the United […]

ASIA: Isolation, poverty loom for an aging population

February 14, 2012

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Photo: David Longstreath/IRINMore of her in coming years BANGKOK, 14 February 2012 (IRIN) – With 60 percent of the world’s population, Asia has one of the largest concentrations globally of aging persons, creating a host of potential challenges, experts warn. “Asian countries, besides Japan perhaps, need to plan now. These countries have grown older before […]

Women Expose Secret Genital Cutting Rite

January 30, 2012

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PAKISTAN-INDIABy Zofeen Ebrahim A Bohra woman in traditional costume. Credit:Fahim Siddiqi/IPS KARACHI, Jan 30, 2012 (IPS) – “It was a dark and dingy room, where an elderly woman asked me to take off my panties, made me sit on a low wooden stool with my legs parted and then did something…I screamed out in pain,” […]

Women Expose Secret Genital Cutting Rite

January 30, 2012

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PAKISTAN-INDIABy Zofeen Ebrahim A Bohra woman in traditional costume. Credit:Fahim Siddiqi/IPS KARACHI, Jan 30, 2012 (IPS) – “It was a dark and dingy room, where an elderly woman asked me to take off my panties, made me sit on a low wooden stool with my legs parted and then did something…I screamed out in pain,” […]

In Facebook Game, Indian Women Reject Dowry

January 28, 2012

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Kurt Achin | New DelhiJanuary 24, 2012 A new social-media game is drawing renewed attention to an age-old problem in India – the illegal practice of dowry, or the transfer of wealth from a bride’s family to a groom’s family to coax him into marriage, a practice often abused by families that make excess demands. […]

In Facebook Game, Indian Women Reject Dowry

January 28, 2012

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Kurt Achin | New DelhiJanuary 24, 2012 A new social-media game is drawing renewed attention to an age-old problem in India – the illegal practice of dowry, or the transfer of wealth from a bride’s family to a groom’s family to coax him into marriage, a practice often abused by families that make excess demands. […]

India: Male Activists Enhance Pre and Postnatal Care

January 28, 2012

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By Manipadma Jena Male Health Activists at a strategy session. Credit:Manipadma Jena/IPS BHUBANESHWAR, India, Jan 27, 2012 (IPS) – The primitive Juang tribe in remote Nola village on Chandragiri hill experienced its first three institutional childbirths only a month ago. Credit for the safe deliveries goes to Malay Ranjan Juanga, a ‘male health activist’ (MHA) […]

India: Male Activists Enhance Pre and Postnatal Care

January 28, 2012

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By Manipadma Jena Male Health Activists at a strategy session. Credit:Manipadma Jena/IPS BHUBANESHWAR, India, Jan 27, 2012 (IPS) – The primitive Juang tribe in remote Nola village on Chandragiri hill experienced its first three institutional childbirths only a month ago. Credit for the safe deliveries goes to Malay Ranjan Juanga, a ‘male health activist’ (MHA) […]

Indian engineer develops online map to show horrors of gender abuse

January 27, 2012

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By Nita BhallaFri Jan 27, 2012 NEW DELHI (TrustLaw) – A villager in Kerala has developed the country’s first online mapping platform that documents the multitude of abuses, rapes and murders committed daily against women there, to awaken people to the extent and horrors of such crimes. Despite strong laws, girls and women in largely […]

Indian engineer develops online map to show horrors of gender abuse

January 27, 2012

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By Nita BhallaFri Jan 27, 2012 NEW DELHI (TrustLaw) – A villager in Kerala has developed the country’s first online mapping platform that documents the multitude of abuses, rapes and murders committed daily against women there, to awaken people to the extent and horrors of such crimes. Despite strong laws, girls and women in largely […]

Eve teasing in India: Assault or harassment by another name

January 24, 2012

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By Nidhi DuttBBC News, Mumbai It’s an unfortunate truth that women are sexually harassed, and sometimes assaulted, the world over. But in the Indian state of Maharashtra, there is an increasing determination to stamp out “Eve teasing”, as it is called here, for good. It was afternoon and we had just finished filming. My colleague […]

Land rights for women can help ease India’s child malnutrition crisis

January 20, 2012

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Despite progress on many fronts, India’s child malnutrition rate rivals that of sub-Saharan Africa. Growing evidence shows a way forward – giving women legal control of the land they farm An Indian child eats mid-day meals organised by the government of Andhra Pradesh at a shanty area in Hyderabad, India. Photograph: Mahesh Kumar A/AP The […]

Gender affirmative action doesn’t have negative consequences

January 13, 2012

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by Zen VuongJan 12, 2012 Zen Vuong/MEDILLResearcher and economist Lori Beaman shows the impact of increasing numbers of female politicians in India. India’s affirmative action law changed life for a generation of women, mandating that one-third of village councilor positions must be reserved for women. By comparison, the United States has a smaller percentage of […]

Seeking justice for India’s women

January 9, 2012

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Halfway around the world, the legal fight against domestic violence shares many similarities to our ownJan. 8, 2012 A woman places a candle along with other members of various women’s organizations at a candlelight vigil organized on the eve of the International Fortnight Protesting Violence Against Women in Mumbai, India. Associated Press / ASSOCIATED PRESS […]

Indians Rewrite Role of Women in Sacred Scripts

December 30, 2011

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By Kavitha RaoWeNews correspondentFriday, December 30, 2011 Religious epics in India are chock-a-block with patiently self-sacrificing women. In the past year, however, a trend has been accelerating for writers and artists to revise those characters in blockbuster novels, essays, films and theatrical scripts. (WOMENSENEWS)–For generations, Indian women have been reared on religious epics, filled with […]

Indians Rewrite Role of Women in Sacred Scripts

December 30, 2011

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By Kavitha RaoWeNews correspondentFriday, December 30, 2011 Religious epics in India are chock-a-block with patiently self-sacrificing women. In the past year, however, a trend has been accelerating for writers and artists to revise those characters in blockbuster novels, essays, films and theatrical scripts. (WOMENSENEWS)–For generations, Indian women have been reared on religious epics, filled with […]

Muslim Daughter in India Breaks Home-Bound Custom

September 2, 2011

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By Anjali SinghWeNews correspondent Friday, September 2, 2011 Muslim girls and women in northern India have the lowest levels of education and are the least likely to leave home to work. When one 19-year-old pushed her way into the paid work force she had to brave the fury of her younger brother. LUCKNOW, UTTAR PRADESH, […]

Muslim Daughter in India Breaks Home-Bound Custom

September 2, 2011

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By Anjali SinghWeNews correspondent Friday, September 2, 2011 Muslim girls and women in northern India have the lowest levels of education and are the least likely to leave home to work. When one 19-year-old pushed her way into the paid work force she had to brave the fury of her younger brother. LUCKNOW, UTTAR PRADESH, […]

Toilet Queue Starts Women’s Day in Delhi Slums

August 30, 2011

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By Aditi BishnoiWeNews correspondentTuesday, August 30, 2011 Thousands of women in the sprawling shantytowns outside of New Delhi face a long queue for a grimy toilet and dirty water. Even though the government recognizes women’s special need for sanitation and water, no special provisions are made. NEW DELHI (WOMENSENEWS)–Thousands of women living in resettlement colonies […]

Toilet Queue Starts Women’s Day in Delhi Slums

August 30, 2011

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By Aditi BishnoiWeNews correspondentTuesday, August 30, 2011 Thousands of women in the sprawling shantytowns outside of New Delhi face a long queue for a grimy toilet and dirty water. Even though the government recognizes women’s special need for sanitation and water, no special provisions are made. NEW DELHI (WOMENSENEWS)–Thousands of women living in resettlement colonies […]

Culture Drives Gender Gap in Spatial Abilities, Study Finds

August 30, 2011

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Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior WriterDate: 29 August 2011 Time: 03:00 PM ET Studies show that men outscore women in tests of spatial abilities, including the sorts of mental rotation tasks needed to do puzzles. But a study published Aug. 29 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that patriarchal cultures could […]

Culture Drives Gender Gap in Spatial Abilities, Study Finds

August 30, 2011

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Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior WriterDate: 29 August 2011 Time: 03:00 PM ET Studies show that men outscore women in tests of spatial abilities, including the sorts of mental rotation tasks needed to do puzzles. But a study published Aug. 29 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that patriarchal cultures could […]

The Math Gender Gap: Nurture Trumps Nature

August 30, 2011

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By Maia Szalavitz Tuesday, August 30, 2011 Getty Images Rural India might not seem a likely place to study the roots of gender differences in math performance. But a new study of two tribes living in the northeast of the country offers intriguing evidence that biology alone does not determine women’s math aptitude (or lack […]

The Math Gender Gap: Nurture Trumps Nature

August 30, 2011

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By Maia Szalavitz Tuesday, August 30, 2011 Getty Images Rural India might not seem a likely place to study the roots of gender differences in math performance. But a new study of two tribes living in the northeast of the country offers intriguing evidence that biology alone does not determine women’s math aptitude (or lack […]

The gender struggle in India

August 28, 2011

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As India evolves from a traditional to a modern society, what challenges are Indian women facing?The Cafe Last Modified: 27 Aug 2011 08:35 India has produced a female president, a prime minister, business tycoons and countless Bollywood starlets. But becoming a successful Indian woman depends on the caste you are born into and what part […]

The gender struggle in India

August 28, 2011

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As India evolves from a traditional to a modern society, what challenges are Indian women facing?The Cafe Last Modified: 27 Aug 2011 08:35 India has produced a female president, a prime minister, business tycoons and countless Bollywood starlets. But becoming a successful Indian woman depends on the caste you are born into and what part […]

Indian Women Bloggers Find Their Voice, in Their Own Language

August 10, 2011

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By NILANJANA S. ROYPublished: August 9, 2011 NEW DELHI — Rashmi Swaroop, who just completed her M.B.A. exams in the small tourist town of Ajmer, Rajasthan, is celebrating on her blog. Over at the popular Bengali-language site Desh-Bidesh, Nasim, a resident of Kolkata in her 60s, shares memories of the city in the years after […]

Indian Women Bloggers Find Their Voice, in Their Own Language

August 10, 2011

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By NILANJANA S. ROYPublished: August 9, 2011 NEW DELHI — Rashmi Swaroop, who just completed her M.B.A. exams in the small tourist town of Ajmer, Rajasthan, is celebrating on her blog. Over at the popular Bengali-language site Desh-Bidesh, Nasim, a resident of Kolkata in her 60s, shares memories of the city in the years after […]

India schoolgirl defies tradition to reject child marriage

August 8, 2011

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04 Aug 2011 08:00Source: trustlaw // Nita Bhalla Sapna Meena, 15, stands in front of her house in the remote Indian village of Badakakhera in Bhilwara District in the western state of Rajasthan. TRUSTLAW/Nita Bhalla This story is part of a TrustLaw special report on child marriage By Nita Bhalla BHILWARA, India, Aug 4 (TrustLaw) […]