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Gender-Biased Sex Selection – Manifesting Patriarchal Power

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Releasing a report on the problem, UN Women and UNFPA hav joined forces in deploring the extreme manifestation of gender discriminaton and inequality against women in India:

Biased Sex Selection an Extreme Form & Manifestation of Gender Discrimination & Inequality against Women, Say UN Women & UNFPA’ … Study on History, Debates and Future Directions of Gender Biased Sex Selection launched in New Dehli…

Women’s History Month: Pandita Ramabai

On 11 March 1889 the Indian activist known as Pandita Ramabai opened her Sharada Sadan (or Home for Learning) in Chowpatty, an area of Mumbai (which was then, under the British Raj, known as Bombay). She designed this institution to further a cause dear to her heart: security and an education for Hindu women who were widowed young. With this, after spending five years abroad in England and the USA, Pandita Ramabai launched her mission to improve the lives and opportunities of Indian women.

She was born as Ramabai Dongre, a high-caste Brahmin. While she was still very young her …

Recognising local faces in global spaces: lessons we can learn from our Indian grandmothers, part two

Part one of this article can be found here.

Participating in international women’s forums during the interwar years often made this generation aware of their marginalisation as Indian women and colonial subjects within these forums. This was brought home to Kamaladevi while attending a Conference of the International Alliance of Women in 1939 where she found herself frustrated by the lack of Asian representation and the way in which issues of imperialism were ignored ‘While righteous wrath was directed against Nazism, a tight curtain was drawn over imperialism, as colonial problems were treated as ‘internal matters of the ruling country.’ …

Recognising local faces in global spaces: lessons we can learn from our Indian grandmothers, part 1.

In our evermore interconnected world transnational networks are becoming increasingly important in enabling workers, activists and academics to overcome the limitations imposed by national boundaries. Look at the success of a global research and policy network such as WIEGO (Women in the Informal Economy Globalising and Organising) which has made important strides in enhancing the status and visibility of informal economy workers. But the growing significance of such networks, especially those that focus on issues affecting women, has also thrown into renewed focus the question of difference within the feminist movement and the importance of understanding local context – key …