Origins of Patriarchy

  Society is divided according to gender, among other factors. Gender as John Zerzan writes in his book, Patriarchy, Civilisation and the Origins of Gender, is not the same as the differences and distinctions between the sexes, but is rather a “cultural categorisation and ranking grounded in a sexual division of labour that may be the single cultural form of …

Meet the Woman Extraordinaire – Sheela Murthy

Sheela Murthy is a world renowned immigration lawyer, entrepreneur and philanthropist. She is the founder and president of Murthy Law Firm, which has been ranked as one of the world’s leading U.S. immigration law firms. A committed leader and philanthropist, Murthy is recognized for her work in the United States and in her native India. Through the MurthyNAYAK Foundation, she and her husband, Vasant …

Hindi Cinema and Outrageous Depictions of Rape

Not many would remember but way back in 1996, Madhuri Dixit had done an immensely forgettable film called “Prem Granth.” The regressive tale of a rape survivor whose ordeal only begins with the incident, the movie would count as one of the most disgusting depictions of the already gruesome act and possible aftermath. From “Prem Granth” in the 90s to …

Meet the Woman Extraordinaire – Joya Dass

   Joya Dass is a first generation South Asian, born to immigrant parents who came from Calcutta and Myanmar. Growing up in Pennsylvania, she learned about bharatnatyam dance and making poori. She also learned that women didn’t have a voice or decision-making power. Ironically, today she makes her living with her voice as a television anchor. She has spent 15 years interviewing Fortune …

Sexual Harassment on Social Media

“Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”  We’ve all heard this adage, right? As children, adults recited this to us in response to the bullies we dealt with on the playground. But, here’s a hard truth: Words DO hurt and, in fact, inflict just as much (if not more) damage, with lasting consequences. In today’s modern …

Womaniya – You and Only You Can Help Yourself!

Brace up and refuse to succumb….. Women Empowerment & Women Safety – The topic seems complex, heavy and hardcore ‘women’s lib’ kinds. I am no cotton-sari-clad activist or any budding neta-in. Neither am I a pro in women specific stats nor a part of policy making system. I am a regular woman with a normal family and a usual 9-to-6 job. …

Meet the Woman Extraordinaire – Sunitha Krishnan

At the age of 24, Sunitha Krishnan founded Prajwala, an organization that rescues and rehabilitates victims of sex trafficking. The NGO now has become the largest anti-trafficking shelter in the world, with 300 employees, 17 schools and medical care units for its HIV-positive residents. Krishnan’s team has provided more than 15,000 victims with counseling, medical treatment and jobs. Women rehabilitated by …

A perspective on Women’s empowerment and safety

“Feminism isn’t about making women strong. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength,” said G.D. Anderson. Sadly, for many people feminism has come to mean being anti-men and feminists are considered men-haters. But people raising a cry for women empowerment and safety are not raising a cry against men. We are just raising …

No Country for Women?

On 16th December 2014, the National Commission for Women released an advertisement in all national newspapers. The advertisement under reference praised all women of the country by calling them brave and fearless. It “saluted” the spirit of womanhood in India. It was a move on the part of the state to appear as a body that respects women and believes …