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More than 5 million participate in “feminist strike” in Spain

The Guardian reported that on Thursday, March 8, Spain’s Workers’ Commissions and the Workers’ General Union said that 5.3 million people had taken part in two-hour walkouts, held on the occasion of International Women’s Day. They were aimed at calling attention to sexism, domestic violence, and the gender pay gap. The unions called this “an unprecedented strike…

India’s Cabinet approves bill to combat human trafficking

India’s Cabinet has approved the Trafficking of Persons Bill, which will go before parliament during this ongoing session, the Thomson Reuters Foundation reported. The bill is an attempt at making “India a leader among South Asian countries to combat trafficking,” by tackling the issue “from the point of view of prevention, rescue and rehabilitation,” the government said.…

Urban Neurosis in Women A look at Women's Mental Health on International Women's Day

Do you experience inexplicable sadness for long periods of time? Do you find it hard to sleep or hard to get out of bed? Have you gained or lost weight suddenly? Have you lost interest in sex? Have you developed irrational but paralyzing fears? If you are an urban woman, there is a good chance…

Intersectional Feminism What it means, how it works, and why you should practice it

Consider the various aspects of your identity: your job, your marital status, your favourite food or book or colour. More importantly, consider the most basic aspects that identify you: your gender, your sexuality, your caste, your religion, should you choose to embrace one. In this context, it is vital to question which parts of your…

Poor and Dalit women in India struggle with illiteracy, early death: UN

A UN Women report on gender equality as part of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals SDGs) has underscored how poorer women in India struggle compared to their wealthier counterparts, according to The Hindu. According to data from Demographic and Health Surveys, an Indian women, aged between 20 and 24 and from a poor rural home is…

Religious exemption laws attack LGBT rights: Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has released a report outlining how a slew of new “religious exemption” laws passed in several states in the United States are a “thinly-veiled assault agaisnt the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.” Ryan Thoreson, an LGBT rights researcher at HRW, said that calling the laws “exemptions” is “misleading,” adding, “Given…

Progress on global goals leaving women behind: UN Women

The Thomson Reuters Foundation reported that, according to a newly published report from the United Nations’ women’s agency, progress under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that were outlined in 2015 remains “unacceptably slow” for women and girls. “Even where progress has been made, it has been highly uneven,” Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director, UN Women, said in the…

Somaliland issues fatwa barring female genital mutilation

The Thomson Reuters Foundation reported that Somaliland’s ministry of religious affairs has issued a fatwa (a religious directive) banning female genital mutilation (FGM). The fatwa said that those performing FGM would be punished, and that victims could be entitled to compensation. Ayan Mahamoud, Somaliland’s representative to Britain told the Thomson Reuters Foundation “The reason that this harmful…

Rainbow through the Years A photo gallery of the Mumbai Queer Azaadi March from yesteryears

The gay pride parade, called Queer Azaadi March, was first held in Mumbai in 2008. Since then it has been held annually and has grown from strength to strength. Participation has varied between 8,000 to 12,000 people from not just India’s vibrant LGBTQIA community, but also their friends, families, coworkers and other supporters. The QAM…

India’s Economic Survey reveals first ever estimate for number of ‘unwanted’ girls

The Indian Express reported that India’s newly released Economic Survey includes the first ever estimate of the number of “unwanted” girls in the country, i.e. girls whose parents wanted a boy, but instead had a girl. The figure, 21 million, was obtained by considering the sex ratio of the last child (SRLC), which was disproportionately tilted in…

Love is the Order of Nature An Exclusive Blog by Harish Iyer on Intersectionality and the LGBTQIA movement

75 years ago, we fought the Brits with all our grit, when we screamed “Bharat Chhodo” at Gowlia Tank in Mumbai’s Grant Road area. To borrow from the Tryst with Destiny speech by Jawarharlal Nehru on the eve of our first Independence Day Now, time has come to redeem our pledge, and to work towards the large…

A Proud Rainbow Parent at the Pride An exclusive blog by special invitation

At 3.30 pm on Saturday 3rd February, when Queer Azaadi Mumbai Pride Parade begins from August Kranti Maidan, I will be a part of it. As a mother of a lesbian daughter, I will walk in support of my child, and also for all the LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Trans-gender, Queer, Inter-sex) persons in our…

EU Court finds that asylum seeker in Hungary should not have undergone sexuality test

Reuters reported that the European Court of Justice (ECJ) found that a Hungarian immigration authorities should not have administered psychological tests on a Nigerian asylum seeker to ascertain if he was being truthful about his sexual orientation. “The performance of such a test amounts to a disproportionate interference in the private life of the asylum seeker,” the…

Mahila Samman Abhiyan Where landless women take leadership into their own hands

“Sarkar Bani to Lenge Haq Se, Nahin Bani to Lenge Ladkar” (“If we form the government, then we will rightfully claim our rights. If our government is not formed, then we will fight back to claim our rights”). This has become the slogan of twenty odd women in Rewa district of Madhya Pradesh. These women…

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