Shanavi’s ordeal: Is this how Central govt seeking to implement Supreme Court’s NALSA judgment?

Statement by Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) seeking justice for Shanavi Ponnusamy, and condemning gender discrimination and transphobia: Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) strongly condemns the denial of a job by Air India to Shanavi Ponnusamy on account of her identifying herself as a transwoman. In a shameful but … More Shanavi’s ordeal: Is this how Central govt seeking to implement Supreme Court’s NALSA judgment?

How some church authorities faltered in response to sexual abuse, defending or shielding the accused

A note by Sabrang India on how the Church needs to change the way it addresses sexual and gender-based abuse: Christian churches belonging to different denominations are facing a lot of heat in India, in light of the recent spate of cases of sexual exploitation and abuse of women, allegedly by members of the clergy. … More How some church authorities faltered in response to sexual abuse, defending or shielding the accused

Women’s cooperatives are crucial for addressing socio-economic well-being in informal economy

Self-Empolyed Women’s Association (SEWA), Ahmedabad, was the first organization in India to include many of the activities such as healthcare, childcare, and insurance into the cooperative movement. These cooperatives now function alongside other formal organizations in their respective areas of business. Excerpts from the International Labour Organization (ILO) study “Advancing cooperation among women workers in … More Women’s cooperatives are crucial for addressing socio-economic well-being in informal economy

Smart Cities: Lack of gender equality approach amidst poor indicators of marginalized groups

Excerpts from the Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN) report, “India’s Smart Cities Mission Smart For Whom? Cities For Whom?”, 2018 A significant finding based on HLRN’s detailed analysis of all 99 selected Smart City Proposals is the lack of a gender equality and non-discrimination approach in the Smart Cities Mission. This is all the … More Smart Cities: Lack of gender equality approach amidst poor indicators of marginalized groups

Gang rape incident: Repression continues in villages of Khunti and Araki districts of Jharkhand

By Rinchin, Radhika and Puja* Following up on media reports of the gang rape of 5 adivasi women in Kochang, Araki block, Khunti district while holding street plays on anti-trafficking, Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression and Sexual Repression (WSS) constituted a fact-finding team comprising women’s groups from different states and local activists from Jharkhand … More Gang rape incident: Repression continues in villages of Khunti and Araki districts of Jharkhand

Sexual harassment at workplace: Why women do not report to higher, legal authorities

By Sheshu Babu* With women entering job market, sexual abuse and harassment has increased. But, many women choose to keep ‘silent ‘ on their exploitation by male higher authorities and management or superiors. This is mainly due to fear of job safety, undermined by their own colleagues and lack of support if they come out … More Sexual harassment at workplace: Why women do not report to higher, legal authorities

Tradition and superstition play a vital role in making life difficult for single women in India

By Sheshu Babu As atrocities on women are rising, it is becoming increasing unsafe for women to live without fear. The findings of a global perception poll conducted by Thomson Reuters Foundation, a charity which surveyed 558 experts on women’s issues in order to  assess nations on overall safety of women found that India is … More Tradition and superstition play a vital role in making life difficult for single women in India