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BHU ruckus strengthens anti-patriarchy movement

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BHU ruckus strengthens anti-patriarchy movement

Police action on women protesting sexual harassment of a female student at India’s premier Banaras Hindu University has led to a national struggle to end gender discrimination. In Patna, Bihar a group of citizens have started Aawazein, which has begun a series of interventions and activities to sensitize the students and teaching community about gender […]

Shameless to the Core

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Shameless to the Core

It is indeed ironical that on the  day the government ‘celebrates’ Balika Divas, a posse of male policemen let loose their ire on a girl student in Benaras Hindu University and beat her up. The girl was part of a larger gathering of students who were protesting the callous, disgustingly patriarchal , and insensitive attitude […]

Do women get a poor deal in the film industry?

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Do women get a poor deal in the film industry?

Two ‘women of substance’ expressed similar opinions about the glass ceiling that women face in the world of entertainment. In India, filmmaker Kiran Rao said it is sad that women have been suppressed through generations and it is “shameful” that they have to fight for equal pay even today. The director said women have always […]

‘Women farmers are real heroes’: MLA and others on women role models

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‘Women farmers are real heroes’: MLA and others on women role models

Be Bold For Change: That’s the mantra for the International Women’s Day this year, and you may not know it, but women in 40 countries have pledged to go on ‘strike’ today. they will abstain from work, paid and unpaid, just to demonstrate how much women contribute to society. While we didn’t find any women […]

Bihar Mahila Samaj calls out Politician-Patriarchy nexus

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Bihar Mahila Samaj calls out Politician-Patriarchy nexus

Is the present political scenario promoting regressive patriarchy under the guise of  pseudo ‘Nationalism’  ‘Religious sentiment’ ‘Hindutva’? To what extent are all politcal parties guilty of gender discrimination? These were some of the questions thrown up at an action packed gathering of women. On 27th February Bihar Mahila Samaj conducted its 10th State level meeting […]

Woman has the choice to have baby or not, says SC Judge

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Woman has the choice to have baby or not, says SC Judge

New Delhi: It is the woman’s “choice” to either have a baby, or abort or prevent pregnancy. It is her right. says Supreme Court judge A K Sikri. The judge was  speaking on the state of affairs relating to women’s reproductive rights and the dominant role played by the menfolk and the family in imposing their […]

It’s International Girl Child Day, what’s the count?

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It’s International Girl Child Day, what’s the count?

Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: What Counts for Girls The world’s 1.1 billion girls  are part of a large and vibrant global generation poised to take on the future. Yet the gender equality in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a distant dream. Every day we see the  predominance of disadvantage and discrimination borne by […]

The Constitution vs Five Metres of Cloth

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The Constitution vs Five Metres of Cloth

Sir, India is a democratic land which allows freedom to every individual to live according to his wish and will, as said by our Constitution. And to let modern democracy function properly, altogether six basic fundamental rights were written down. It includes ‘right to equality, right to freedom, right against exploitation, right to freedom of […]

Don’t pad softly, Make a noise about the M Word!

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Don’t pad softly, Make a noise about the M Word!

Last Saturday was International Menstrual Hygiene Day. How many of us would have thought there’s a whole international day to talk about something that guys would get real queasy about. Nothing much in the newspapers in Patna, we’re sure some women’s organisations somewhere in Bihar must have made a big deal about it. And they […]