It’s about time we Indians seriously thought about what constitutes “honour” and where it should be located.
Governments and banks must first tackle issues such as corruption, low informal sector wages and female illiteracy.
“Such customs are needed to keep women within a certain boundary.”
The plight of women in the country has its roots in Hindu traditions, and a Reformation may be needed to fix it.
A new UN study also notes that the intersection of gender with other forms of discrimination – caste, race/ethnicity, religion etc – is what further marginalises women and girls from poor and deprived sections of the society.
Hundreds of Muslim women used the hashtag #MosqueMeToo to talk about sexual harassment they faced while visiting Mecca.
In the gender Budget, the Modi government has not done much more than pay lip service to policies that impact women.
PM Modi announced the launch of the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana in December 2016, narrowing down the financial assistance of Rs 5,000 to the first birth only.
“Tell the soldiers. There’s a new order coming from mayor. We won’t kill you. We will just shoot your vagina” is the order that women have been asked to not take literally.
The civil suit alleges that the company’s executives and board repeatedly failed to protect employees from Weinstein, attorney general Eric Schneiderman said in a statement.
Manohar Parrikar’s remarks are in keeping with the BJP’s distractionary tactics at a time when the party seems to be struggling to handle some of the state’s more serious issues.
Harvey Weinstein, co-founder of the studio Miramax, was one of the most influential men in Hollywood before more than 70 women accused him of sexual misconduct, including rape.
Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard could have given young women some hope for a better future in the sciences instead of metaphorically closing the door in their faces.
A new study has shed light on the prevalence of female genital mutilation in India, and the negative physical, psychological and sexual trauma caused by it.
As one country responds with a ban on commercial surrogacy, the market just shifts to the next unregulated destination. An international declaration will thus send the right message against exploitation of women.
In 2014, a group of women from diverse political backgrounds pushed for political solutions instead of war. Since then they have been sidelined from peace negotiations – but that doesn’t mean that Yemeni women have lost all hope.
Several authors boycotted the Hindi-focused literary festival organised to give the Jaipur Literature Festival a run for its money because of abusive language its convenor used against women.
Even the vaguely “pink” effort in the Economic Survey is whitewashed in the finance minister’s Budget speech that is heavily based on stereotypical gender roles for women, and even that completely disappears when we get to the actual budget allocations.
Millennial Indian women have been leading a new kind of feminism since the early 2000s, long before the present day feminist resurgence in the US.
Hollywood has long had a problem with diversity. But thanks to services like Netflix, women have found a place for their stories, compelling Tinseltown to change.
The recent revelations about USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar is a reminder of the minefield India’s female athletes must walk when trying to make a career in their sport.
The protests come on the heels of a similar move by Vida Movahed, who was arrested in December 2017 after a photo of her waving her hijab above her unveiled head in Tehran went viral.
The movie, based on the story of India’s “menstrual man” Arunachalam Muruganantham, could help counter myths and taboos around menstruation.
The recent spurt in crimes against women and the less than ideal response of the state machinery, underlines the urgent need for a strong social movement.
Activists point out that women in the formal sector are given six months paid leave under the new Maternity Benefits Act, while those in the informal sector struggle to get just Rs 5,000.
The stories of Parvati Lodhari, Manju Charanya and Lalitaben Tandel, whose husbands were arrested by the Pakistan maritime authority.
Koel Das, an electrical engineer turned cognitive neuroscientist, is trying to find out more about how the brain ‘sees’ and ‘finds’.
The BBC has been struggling to quell anger among female employees since it had to reveal the pay bands of its best-paid on-air staff last July, which disclosed that some of the men were paid far more than female peers.
While a Muslim woman’s right to seek divorce is in the Quran, social stigma and pressure from clerics has meant that it is rarely used.
The huge number of ‘unwanted girls’ is a direct result of the ‘son meta preference’ where parents continue to have children until they have the desired number of sons.
Non-biodegradable sanitary napkins pose a huge challenge in India, where disposal systems are largely missing in rural areas. A fully compostable sanitary pad may show the way forward.
Despite international brands sourcing from Bengaluru factories promising to look into the living conditions of workers, not much has changed, a new report says.
A gender diverse police force will be more equitable and more approachable.
Both female beauty icons posted ‘problematic’ tweets about the Israel-Palestine conflict in 2014. But they weren’t received the same way.
In an open letter to Padmaavat director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, actor Swara Bhaskar decries glorification of Sati and Jauhar which deny women the right to live.
The American writer’s candid conversation with Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi is the only highlight of the JLF so far.
People have been baying for blood since the eight-year-old’s rape and murder was highlighted, but now reactions are more hot-headed and emotional.
Although BBC had pledged to close the gender pay gap by 2020, the organisation has been criticised by its own journalists and by lawmakers for not acting fast enough.
In 2017, a total of 1,275 women received offers from the world-famous institution, compared with 1,165 men.
The annual fundraising gala, which has now been disbanded, represents the kind of overt misogyny that women experience everywhere.