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HC verdict on Mahmood Farooqui rape sets a dangerous precedent, feminists

Mahmood Farooqui rape

Following the Delhi HC over-turning the trial court conviction of Mahmood Farooqui for rape by stating that a feeble `NO´ can be interpreted as `YES`, several feminist organisations and activist have issued statement severely criticising the judgment. According to the activists, the verdict takes the legal and social understanding of consent back to several decades.

Sex workers’ network on Gauri Lankesh´s brutal murder


The National Network of Sex Workers, India joins the voices that are committed to freedom and democratic values in fighting to preserve the values and principles Gauri Lankesh stood for The National Network of Sex Workers, India, strongly condemns the killing of journalist and editor Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru, Karnataka, on September 5, 2017. Gauri

Gauri Lankesh murder: An attack on democracy, feminism and freedom of expression

Gauri Lankesh murder

Veteran journalist Gauri Lankesh´s murder is an assault on democratic space, dissenting voices and human rights defenders More than 300 feminists have gathered in Chiang Mai, Thailand, for the third Asia Pacific Feminist Forum (APFF). On the opening morning the participants shared their anger over the growing patriarchal authoritarian rule in the region and globally

BUJ statement on killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh


The Brihanmumbai Union of Journalists expresses shock and anger at the dastardly killing of Gauri Lankesh, editor of Lankesh Patrika, in Bengaluru this evening. Gauri Lankesh has been a trenchant and courageous critic of hindutva and casteist politics. Since last November, she has been fighting her conviction in a criminal defamation case against BJP MP

New Maternity Benefit Bill is discriminatory, activists

woman and child

Presenting the letter drafted by activists with backgrounds in child psychology and child rights law on the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill. The letter will be submitted to the Ministers of Labour, Women and Child Development, Health and Family Welfare, Social Justice and Empowerment, and the PMO. Those who wish to endorse the letter in your capacity as an [...] Continue Reading…

Rest in power, Sandhya Rao!


Meena Seshu and Laxmi Murthy pay tribute to feminist activist Sandhya Rao, who passed away on Saturday in Bangalore

VAMP, Muskan and Sangram pay their respects to a feminist and friend who walked our path gently and firm. She translated, wrote our stories, helped us in research, held our hand and smoked her way through trainings, workshops and more recently as [...] Continue Reading…

Expressing Solidarity with Irom Sharmila, feminists demand immediate repeal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act


Statement issued by Forum Against Oppression of Women (FAOW) expressing solidarity with Irom Sharmila´s struggle to repeal the notorious Armed Forces Special Powers Acts -AFSPA- in the Northeast

We wholeheartedly support the decision of Irom Sharmila to withdraw, her fast of nearly 16 years for the revocation of AFSPA, we salute Irom Sharmila for her undying spirit, heroic struggle and [...] Continue Reading…

Loss of feminist space : Davinder Kaur (1953-2016)

Davinder- Kaur

By Kalpana Mehta

Davinder Kaur, a Saheli since 1982, passed away on 30 May 2016.

Davi came in touch with us when she left her marital home and two children to lead her life on her own terms.

In her practice she embodied many cherished feminist concepts – concept of sisterhood, non-competition, unconditional love, generosity and great sensitivity towards the underprivileged.

She [...] Continue Reading…

New textile package is anti-labour, union activists

garment -workers-India

The Government of India has announced a “Gift Package” for Garment Industry that is going to have a very negative impact in the industry dominated by women workers.

Below is a statement from the Garment and Allied Workers Union in Haryana, India.

The Indian government on Wednesday, 20th of June announced a Rs. 6000 crore package for the garment and [...] Continue Reading…

Free Homa Hoodfar: Indian feminists in solidarity with jailed Canadian scholar


Indian feminists issue statement of solidarity with the imprisoned Canadian-Iranian professor. Hoodfar was arrested by Iranian intelligence officers last week

We, the undersigned, are in solidarity with Dr. Homa Hoodfar, a Canadian anthropologist of Iranian origin who has been imprisoned by the Iranian authorities on June 6, 2016. Dr. Hoodfar is a respected academic scholar and researcher on women [...] Continue Reading…

Trupti Shah (1962 – 2016) : A tribute

Trupti Shah

By Sahiyar Team

The women’s movement, the environmental cause, the struggle for justice has lost a voice that never flinched from standing up for victims of exploitation, injustice and violence. Trupti Shah (54) left us on May 26, 2016 in Vadodara after a valiant battle against lung cancer.

Trupti, an economist by training, centered her lifelong activism primarily on women’s issues, [...] Continue Reading…

Jisha rape and murder: Women’s network demands action against police officials who refused to file FIR


statement issued by Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS), a nationwide network of women from diverse political and social movements

We, condemn the gruesome incident of heinous rape and murder of a 30-year old law student from Kuruppamapdy, villageVattolippidi Canal Bund near Perumbavoor in Kerala’s Ernakulam district. On the evening of April 28th 2016, her mother, a daily-wage [...] Continue Reading…

Statement on the rape and murder of Dalit woman in Kerala


Jisha’s rape and murder reaffirms how the bodies of Dalit women become sites for the most brutal forms of exercise of caste oppression accentuated by patriarchal power, where the control of and violence on women’s bodies become powerful mechanisms for upholding a Brahminical patriarchal order

By Pinjratod

On 28th April’16, Rajeshwari a daily wage labourer and a single parent, returned home [...] Continue Reading…