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Stand up for responsible advertising, activists ask Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

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By Team FI Following Aishwarya’s PR agency’s defensive response, activists question the actress’ power to control the final output of the ad she is featured in and ask the actress to make a categorical statement for responsible and progressive advertising Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s PR Agency, Imagesmiths had issued a statement claiming that the image was

Activists call Aishwarya Rai Bachchan jewellery ad racist

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In an open letter to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, activists argue that the Kalyan Jewellers ad in which she features, is racist and legitimises slavery. The actress has issued a statement through her publicist stating that the ad is a photoshopped image and she was not aware of the changed background Here is the full text

Inmate’s hunger strike stops CCTV installations inside Mumbai jail women’s barracks

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By Team FI The Committee for the Protection of Democratic Rights (CPDR) has released a press statement on the successful protest hunger strike undertaken by a 45-year-old political undertrial prisoner, Angela Harish Sontakke. Imprisoned since April 2011, on charges of being a Maoist, Sontakke’s hunger strike was to stop the installation of CCTV cameras inside

Mumbai’s new development plan excludes women, allege activists

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By Team FI Women activists, politicians and architects have written to Mumbai Municipal Corporation voicing their concern over the proposed city development plan for Mumbai 2014-34. Activists cutting across the party lines argue that the draft of the Plan completely ignores the gender aspect in planning for the future, stating that it “remains gender blind,

Stand up for responsible advertising, activists ask Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

aishwarya-rai-racist-ad

By Team FI

Following Aishwarya’s PR agency’s defensive response, activists question the actress’ power to control the final output of the ad she is featured in and ask the actress to make a categorical statement for responsible and progressive advertising

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s PR Agency, Imagesmiths had issued a statement claiming that the image was photo-shopped and the final layout [...] Continue Reading…

Activists call Aishwarya Rai Bachchan jewellery ad racist

Aishwarya-Rai-racist-ad

In an open letter to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, activists argue that the Kalyan Jewellers ad in which she features, is racist and legitimises slavery. The actress has issued a statement through her publicist stating that the ad is a photoshopped image and she was not aware of the changed background

Here is the full text of the letter:
Dear Mrs Aishwarya [...] Continue Reading…

Inmate’s hunger strike stops CCTV installations inside Mumbai jail women’s barracks

CCTV in Mumbai Jail

By Team FI
The Committee for the Protection of Democratic Rights (CPDR) has released a press statement on the successful protest hunger strike undertaken by a 45-year-old political undertrial prisoner, Angela Harish Sontakke.

Imprisoned since April 2011, on charges of being a Maoist, Sontakke’s hunger strike was to stop the installation of CCTV cameras inside the women barracks.

The CPDR [...] Continue Reading…

Mumbai’s new development plan excludes women, allege activists

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By Team FI
Women activists, politicians and architects have written to Mumbai Municipal Corporation voicing their concern over the proposed city development plan for Mumbai 2014-34. Activists cutting across the party lines argue that the draft of the Plan completely ignores the gender aspect in planning for the future, stating that it “remains gender blind, not taking cognizance of the [...] Continue Reading…

Greenpeace India’s response to the allegations

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Following the Modi government’s decision to freeze Greenpeace India’s accounts and suspend its license to raise foreign funds, Greenpeace India hits out at the Government calling it “a strong arm tactics to clamp down on dissenting voices in civil society“

Here is the full text of the Greenpeace response:

The government has launched an all out attack on Greenpeace. Not [...] Continue Reading…

Rights group condemns bans on cow slaughter

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Statement issued by People’s Union for Democratic Rights

On March 16th 2015, the Haryana Government unanimously passed Haryana Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gausamvardhan Bill with main opposition parties INLD and Congress supporting the Bill. The new bill passed by the Haryana Government bans cow slaughter and sale of beef and imposes a punishment of rigorous imprisonment of not less than three [...] Continue Reading…

Obituary: Tahira Mazhar Ali (1925-2015)

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Pakistan’s legendary women’s rights campaigner Tahira Mazhar Ali passed away in Lahore on Monday. She was one of the founding members of the Communist Party of Pakistan (CPP). In 1981, Tahira Ali, along with other women activists, formed the Women’s Action Forum (WAF) to resist the Islamisation agenda of the Zia-ul-Haq regime. A tribute by Kavita Panjabi

I just read [...] Continue Reading…

Stop partnership with Uber, activists appeal to UNwomen

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Activists aghast at UNwomen’s joint campaign with a company that has a record of its driver’s violence against its passengers including rape and molestation

By Team FI
Women activists and organisations in India have expressed their shock and dismay at UNWomen’s association with Uber, the private cab company whose recruitment and verification of its drivers were questioned after the rape [...] Continue Reading…

Delhi CM Kejriwal’s message makes a mockery of the spirit of International Women’s Day

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By Kavita Krishnan

On International Women’s Day, the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s has chosen not to give a message of solidarity to the women’s movement fighting for justice, equality and freedom for women. Instead he has chosen to give a paternalistic message that reinforces the stereotypes of women in family roles, supportive and nurturing of men.

Mr Kejriwal cited [...] Continue Reading…