Tag: India

Indian Mothers Reject Overprotective Parenting

by Swati Sanyal Tarafdar -India- “I always walked back home after school, mostly all by myself, and sometimes accompanied by a friend who might be sharing a part of the journey. And I have allowed my children to do the

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Cautious Optimism Fills India’s Women

By Aditi Bhaduri – India – On the 15th of August, India celebrated 67 years of independence from British colonial rule. A new wave of optimism seems to have been ushered in with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his opposition

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Kashmiri War Mothers Find Ways to Grieve

by Shazia Yousuf -Indian-administered Kashmir- When I met Taja Begum in the winter of 2009, I could tell she was dying soon. Taja, 75, was skin and bones. Every time she spoke, her trembling hands went up to soothe her

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Hidden Harassment: The Challenges of India’s Pink-Collar Worker

Stand up straight. Chin up. Look forward. Move fast, but with purpose. Brace yourself. These are not the words of a ballroom dance instructor, but those of Yamuna, the sole newspaper girl in Chennai, as she mutters to herself every

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Heroes Never Die: The Sundown Parade at the Wagah Border

by Urmila Chanam -India- The cover from enemy fire at the position he decided to occupy was scant, exposing him and his buddy to extreme danger. But he would go ahead with his plan for he had a commanding view

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Afghan, Pakistani and Indian Women Pressure Afghan Government in Advance of Election

by Aditi Bhaduri -India- April 2014! It hangs like a Damocles’ sword over the Indian sub-continent. While Afghans may be the  immediate beneficiaries, the ramifications of what April 2014 denotes will be felt far and wide – in Pakistan, India,

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India’s New Sexism of ‘Safety’

Nirbhaya Vigil

by Neeta Lal -India- December 16, 2013 marked the one-year anniversary of the death of Nirbhaya, the young physiotherapist who died after being brutally gang raped and assaulted with iron rods on a moving bus by six men, including a

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On Anniversary of Delhi Gang Rape, Three Works of Art Confront Violence Against Women

A poster of Kill the Rapist,. Credit Shailendra Sharma

by Priti Salian -India- I left the theater shaking, cold, and rather broken. Besides the overarching story of Nirbhaya herself, five other women came forward to paint the picture of an overwhelming amount of violence towards women in India. The

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For Girls of Gangyap, Basketball Proves Life-Changing

Gangyap photo 1

by Chin Cabrido -Nepal- The young players’ hands are engraved with the names of celebrated Women’s National Basketball players. Though each displays a different champion, they have all accomplished the same seamless record of points, assists, and defensive rebounds that

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Sex Workers in India Move from Stigma to Empowerment

by Urmila Chanam -India- “I believe we still have not reached the last sex worker and we will walk until we reach her.” – Ashodaya Samithi member, Mysore, India. In 2004, a handful of women visited Sonagachi in Kolkatta’s Shobha

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