Championing the cause of menstrual hygiene in rural Madhya Pradesh

By Asees Kaur* 'Menstruation is the only blood that is not born from violence, yet it's the one that disgusts you the most.' - Maia Schwartz Menstruation has been a taboo topic from time eternal especially in India. The archaic view that this natural cycle is a 'curse,' 'impure,' and 'dirty' is still widely prevalent in … Continue reading Championing the cause of menstrual hygiene in rural Madhya Pradesh

Here I come breaking the shackles: ‘Inclusion in developed countries’

A Pride Month rally By Vaibhav Singh* Today, more Indian youths are accepting homosexuality and queer identities than ever before, but acceptance of their sexuality and the freedom to openly express their gender choices remain a constant struggle for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) people within the confines of their families, homes, and schools. … Continue reading Here I come breaking the shackles: ‘Inclusion in developed countries’

Humsafar which helps break stigma around women to end marriage because of violence

Shahira Naim By Abhishek Raj* Formed in 2003 in Lucknow as a support centre for women, Humsafar has been actively involved with issues related to women rights and their upliftment. The group got registered as a trust in 2008 and has been a pioneer advocating for women's rights and gender equality. It has constantly raised … Continue reading Humsafar which helps break stigma around women to end marriage because of violence

A strong advocate of the rights of people with transgressive gender and sexuality

By Samarth Yadav* “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. A Chinese proverb that cannot be truer for Sanjay (changed name) when he took a life-changing step of coming to Mumbai from Kolhapur. As my interaction proceeded, the first thing I was told was to use the pronoun of his choice, … Continue reading A strong advocate of the rights of people with transgressive gender and sexuality

The fight for women’s rights does not end, especially during a time of crisis

Arnudhati Dhuru By Prachi Pedhambkar* Speaking of the ongoing crisis of COVID-19, according to a recent report by the Center for Sustainable Employment, only 7% of men lost their jobs compared to a whopping 47% of women who lost their jobs in India during the first lockdown in 2020. The situation is even worse in … Continue reading The fight for women’s rights does not end, especially during a time of crisis

Urvashi Butalia: Feminism is a system of political thoughts, thinking values and ideals

By Samruddhi Ganvir* “Women are left out of history because history has always been about and written by the powerful, which was predominantly men.” -- Urvashi Butalia There aren’t many people -- men and women -- who would readily agree to have meaningful conversations about how history is mostly about powerful men and how women … Continue reading Urvashi Butalia: Feminism is a system of political thoughts, thinking values and ideals