It’s not about reservation; it’s about our rights

Another study by Irma Clots-Figueras showed that female legislators who were elected from seats reserved for the Scheduled Castes/Tribes and Other Backward Classes in India invested more in health, early education and tended to favor the passage of more “women-friendly” laws. With all the talk about reservation for women, and continued headlines surrounding sexual assault and harassment of girls and women alike, let’s ask one simple question first: why do we care? Beyond the fact Read more…

Am I Asking for It?

With the recent rape and murder of Dr. Priyanka Reddy and the question of what do we do grappling the collective consciousness of our society, there are a few things that we definitely need to understand to even be able to sympathize what women are fighting for, have been fighting for, and will be fighting for, for decades to come. When we have questions like what do we to protect women? What do we do Read more…

Reflections from the Field: Abu Road & Pindwara Block

In the second part of our evaluation visit for our five year project “Water Conservation and Climate Change Training Program in Jaipur & Abu Road, Rajasthan (2013-2018”, we visited Abu Road & Pindwara Block in Southern Rajasthan. Our first stop here was the Jan Chetna Sansthan office, our local partner for the project. We met with Richa ji, the director who has done really incredible work with the women of the area on forest and Read more…

Engendered Gender Advertising

Who is represented? Who produces what? Who consumes what? Advertisements, films, television or any form of media has to do with vision, predominantly. Thereby ‘the gaze’ becomes an important toolkit for the makers to portray and sell their products. Gendered media is a huge part of our appetite, and the objectified gaze is not a healthy option. Laura Mulvey, is a feminist film theorist predominantly known for her theory of Male Gaze, which has enabled Read more…

Police Personnel and Gender Sensitisation

Haven’t we at some point been asked or heard someone being asked questions like – “Why were you out at an odd hour?” “Why were you out with a guy at night?” “Why were you out alone?” It also manifests into our daily life in the form of those several fearful calls that we get from our parents as the night falls. But all the questions run back to women. It’s the premise that social, Read more…

International Conference on Population Development: Nairobi Summit

The International Conference on Population Development (ICPD) was first held in Cairo, Egypt in the year 1994. This Conference gave the basic structure for – and is considered to be the steering document to – the United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA). For this Conference, thousands of people from across the globe came together to talk about various issues like health concerns, migration, women’s education, family planning, etc. The ICPD also primarily paid a lot of Read more…