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

We want Pride outside Pride month: Too much to ask?

Figure 1 Zoya Lobo in the Mumbai Local. Copyright: Mansi Kamani By Annu Bansal* When I first watched a video on Zoya Lobo on BBC News Hindi, I saw a rebel in kohl-lined eyes! A rebel who broke the societal norms to become the first Transgender photojournalist of India! Zoya Thomas Lobo is an inspiration … Continue reading We want Pride outside Pride month: Too much to ask?

A disruptive innovator, women’s rights activist, and social entrepreneur

By Mayuresh Gaikar* Women play multiple roles in society like sole income earner of her family or taking care of her family as a wife, mother, and daughter. Even though women make equal contributions as men in the nation’s development, societal limitations restrict them from realizing their full potential. They are positioned at the receiving … Continue reading A disruptive innovator, women’s rights activist, and social entrepreneur