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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

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

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

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

Rights group condemns bans on cow slaughter

cow slaughter

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…

Meera Kosambi (April 24, 1939 – February 26, 2015)

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Uma Chakravarti reminisces about the historian and feminist scholar Dr Meera Kosambi who carved her own distinctive space within a legendary family

Many years ago, before Meera Kosambi began to write on women in 19th Century Western India, a region that I wrote on in my work on Pandita Ramabai, the only Kosambi on my intellectual horizon was D.D. [...] Continue Reading…

Noted activists discuss their concerns over India’s Daughter in a letter to NDTV

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The BBC Documentary India’s Daughter which has been banned by the Indian Government was the subject of a letter sent to NDTV by noted women activists /strong>

Following is the full text of the letter:

5th March, 2015
To,
Dr. Prannoy Roy,
Co-Founder and Executive Co-Chairperson,
NDTV, New Delhi.

Dear Dr. Prannoy Roy,

On receiving a letter from Ms. Indira Jaising and others, on 3rd [...] Continue Reading…

India’s Daughter is not an act of global solidarity

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Film does not probe sexual violence as a systemic issue, opines eminent lawyer Vrinda Grover in her Facebook post

I have seen the documentary film, India’s Daughter. I think we need to take a position of engagement rather than posit it simplistically as a ban or no ban issue, which to my mind is much more convenient but not [...] Continue Reading…

India’s Daughter, a point of view

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Leslee Udwin’s documentary India’s Daughter relies on emotional narrative but fails to form a coherent understanding of rape culture

By Supriya Madangarli

The past few days the BBC documentary India’s Daughters directed by Leslie Udwin has caused a furor in media, both print and television, as certain segments of the film were released to the public. There were legal questions [...] Continue Reading…

Union Budget 2015-16, through gender lens

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By Vibhuti Patel

The Union Budget (2015-16) has subsidized the corporate sector by providing the tax reductions and sops. The wealth tax (replaced by a 2 per surcharge) and the phased reduction of corporate tax have made the richer sections of the economy jubilant. The burden of indirect taxes is going to break the back of poor women.

Macroeconomic measures [...] Continue Reading…