posted on 06 November, 2015

Reacting V/S Responding - Why do we regress when it comes to Rape?

"Rape is nobody's fault but one has to dress desirably" Why is this statement wrong? Arguably, there are two very wrong claims in this comment - one that rape is "nobody's fault", and that one has to "dress desirably" so that nothing such as rape happens. Every time an incidence...

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posted on 05 November, 2015

Fight Dowry, not 498A

One woman dies every hour due to dowry harassment in India. * The anti-dowry harassment law (498A) has helped women gain confidence to come and report domestic abuse, but there has been an increasing anger towards it. As the debate continues on the use and misuse of it, we decided to as...

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posted on 02 November, 2015

8 reactions to ridiculous headlines

Many times in a newspaper, we've come across headlines that put victims of sexual crimes in a very poor, judgemental light by the media. Its precedence is set in such a way that it seems like the victim was at fault for provoking the perpetrator of the crime, even though they are not. W...

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posted on 30 October, 2015

An ode to people who blame the victim

If you were walking on the road and suddenly a dog or a pack of dogs attacked you; to Whom would you blame? The dog or yourself? Obviously you would blame the dog, as you were just peacefully minding your own business. Now, what if people around you who heard of your plight, blamed you?...

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posted on 28 October, 2015

Monthly experiences that are too embarrassing to share

“Stop PMSing!” “You and your mood swings!” How many times have you said or heard these statements? Too often would be true. Our society tends to mask menstruation behind banal and trivial comments. Women on their period are stigmatised and are made to believe t...

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posted on 23 October, 2015

How Bangalore is tackling gender bias, one school at a time

“Girls shouldn’t wear short skirts and boys shouldn’t be weak.” What do you think is wrong with this statement? Or do you think there is nothing wrong at all? We have come to a stage where two year old girls are being raped and more than 42% girls are abused ...

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posted on 15 October, 2015

5 Reasons why women in Odisha do not work after marriage

How does a society become instrumental in encouraging its women to pursue their career aspirations? While this question is vital anywhere, it is especially significant to be asked and addressed in the case of Odisha. Odisha is one of the most unfavourable places for women's developm...

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posted on 01 October, 2015

Why Indians want Schools to have Gender Sensitisation

“Boys like to play with cars, And they are strong and tough Girls like to play with dolls, And they love make-up. Daddy says boys shouldn’t cry, Mummy says girls should be shy. I thought we all should share housework But Mummy is just the housewife, and Daddy the...

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posted on 21 September, 2015

A peek into the lives of women construction workers

Construction is the second largest and fastest growing industry in India. 51% of the workforce in this sector are women and majority of them are unskilled labourers. We looked at two women construction workers to understand the kind of lives they lead: Devamma lives on the ground fl...

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posted on 16 September, 2015

Hetal Dave: Wrestling gender stereotypes

When you hear the words ‘Sumo Wrestling’ you tend to associate it with ‘burly men wrestling’. However, did you know that Indian women are gradually picking up this Japanese sport? Women’s participation in sports may not be widely acknowledged in India, leave al...

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