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Baby Steps with Paras Tomar #DesiMillennial Interview

Film makers have often chosen to make short independent films to tell sensitive human interest stories. An excellent example of this is Baby Steps, a short film about a mother discovering that her son is homosexual. What made this short film popular and immensely watchable was its non-preachy tone and actor Paras Tomar’s Merry Poppins…

Sex trafficking in American massage parlours is a $2.5 billion industry: Polaris Study

The Thomson Reuters Foundation reported that, according to a study by anti-slavery organisation Polaris, traffickers make $2.5 billion forcing women to have sex in massage parlours in the United States. The study revealed that these women are usually recent immigrant mothers from China or South Korea who struggle with debt and know little or no English. They…

Technology will exacerbate gender pay gap and impact women more than men: WEF Report

The Guardian reported that researchers at the upcoming World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland said that the gap between women and men at work, “in both pay and status” will likely increase unless steps are taken to deal with inequality in high-growth fields like technology. A new WEF report on the future of jobs reveals that…

Widespread sexual harassment and assault at the United Nations

A Guardian investigation has found that “the United Nations has allowed sexual harassment and assault to flourish in its offices around the world, with accusers ignored and perpetrators free to act with impunity,” with “a culture of silence and a flawed grievance system that is stacked against victims”. The Guardian spoke to UN staffers working in more than ten…

Taiwan considering offering third gender option on IDs, passports

The Thomson Reuters Foundation reported that Taiwan is considering if it should offer a third gender option for its national identity cards and passports, noting that a government spokeswoman said via email that “the government is actively assessing this proposal but has yet to make a final decision”. She told the Thomson Reuters Foundation that the “proposed…

Building Lives after Domestic Abuse Civil, not Criminal Provisions will Empower Women

In 2017, the Supreme Court of India stopped short of formally calling women ‘liars’. The judges, Adarsh Kumar Goel and Uday Umesh Lalit were presiding over the case of Rajesh Sharma vs. State of UP. The aggrieved woman charged that she was married to the accused and that her father gave dowry as per his…

LGBT people face violence, discrimination in Ghana: HRW report

Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report, “‘No Choice but to Deny Who I am’: Violence and Discrimination against LGBT People in Ghana”. In its announcement on the report’s publication, HRW said that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Ghanaians face abuse and discrimination in both the public as well as family contexts. HRW said its report indicates…

Iceland makes Equal Pay for women law

According to a CBS News report, Iceland has made it illegal for women to be paid less than men for the same job. CBS News said that all government bodies and companies with more than 25 employees are required to get an official certification indicating that they dispense equal pay for an equal value of work,…

Bull in a China Shop? Domestic Violence and Responses of the Indian State

The allegation of misuse of Section 498A of the Domestic Violence act points to the fact that when women assert their right to a dignified life in shared household and/or matrimony, it becomes a matter of suspicion that the woman may ‘misuse’ it. The onus not being on men for perpetuating domestic violence but on…

Understanding LGBTQIA Community Resources

Whether you are a person discovering your gender and sexuality or the parent of such a person, it is important to empower yourself with correct information. Here are a few resources that can help you learn about the vibrant LGBTQIA community. Understand the Law The first step is to understand the section of the law…

Tabular Critique of the Transgender Bill 2016 Community Resources

This table compares the provisions in the Transgender Persons [Protection of Rights] Bill 2016 that will reportedly be tabled in the winter session of the Indian Parliament against the criticisms made by trans*, gender variant, and intersex groups, and the demands for revisions required to protect our rights. This was originally published on Sampoorna India Blog PROVISION…

Harish Iyer Screen Shot

योगा से होगा ! हरीश ऐय्यर समलैंगिक लोगों को दे रहे हैं रोज़ योग करने का सुझाव

कुच्छ वर्ष पूर्व योग शिक्षक रामदेव ने दावा किया था की योग समलैंगिकता का इलाज है | पर हरीश ऐय्यर कहते हैं की देश विदेश के विभिन्न मनोवैज्ञानिक विशेषज्ञों और चिकित्सा के क्षेत्र की दिग्गज हस्तियों के अनुसार समलैंगिकता कोई बीमारी नहीं है | परन्तु योग करने से शरीर सुडौल और लचीला हो जाता है…

Indonesia’s Constitutional Court blocks bid to criminalise gay sex

Indonesia’s Constitutional Court voted 5-4 to reject a petition to criminalise extramarital and gay sex, The Sydney Morning Herald reported. Last year, Family Love Alliance, a conservative group, petitioned the court to amend the criminal code to outlaw sex outside of marriage and homosexual acts. The court rejected the petition, contending that lawmakers, not the…

AP finds “sweeping and methodical” rape of Rohingya women and girls

An Associated Press investigation that involved interviews with 29 Rohingya women and girls who escaped to Bangladesh from Myanmar found that Myanmar’s security forces have engaged in systematic rape against the minority. AP notes that there was “a sickening sameness” in the sexual assault survivors’ reports, “with distinct patterns in their accounts, their assailants’ uniforms…

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