एक्टिविज़्म पर कुछ विचार

ऑल इंडिया विमेन्ज़ असोसिएशन  की कॉनफरेन्स (आई.ए.डब्ल्यू.एस.) एक ऐसी मंच है जहाँ देश भर से छात्र और अकादमिक अपने  रिसर्च पेपर प्रस्तुत करने आते हैं और देश भर में  जाने पहचाने शिक्षाविद, छात्र, अकादमिक और विकास क्षेत्र में काम करने वाली संस्थाओं के कार्यकर्ताओं के साथ इनपर चर्चा करते हैं। इस कॉनफरेन्स में नारीवादी मुद्दों पर चर्चा होती है। इस साल आयोजित की गई कॉनफरेन्स के कुछ विषय थे – जेंडर और काम, विकलांगता, जेंडर और यौनिकता के सम्बन्ध, जेंडर और यौनिकता के सन्दर्भ  में नारीवादी सवाल इत्यादि।आई.ए.डब्ल्यू.एस. साल 1982 में एक सदस्यता आधारित  संस्था के रूप में शुरू हुआ था, और साल  2017 में उन्हें काम करते हुए 35 साल पूरे हो गए हैं।

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“I Am Going Solo” – Women and Their Travel Stories

“The map was just an accessory. She knew exactly where she was.” ― Galt Niederhoffer

To step out of the house, travel to faraway places, explore the world or even loiter in the in the narrow alleys in one own city is a joy that women are most often kept away from. Famously, explorers in history and fables have always been and portrayed as male. It’s worth exploring why none of these words ever  bring to mind the image of a woman who steps out of her house, to have a nice time, travels to different places alone, or just loiter around?

Travelling has its own zest which fills people with excitement, anticipation, and thrill. Women have time and again spoken about their passion for adventure and traveling, though only some have managed to see these dreams to fruition. Why? The control of underlying structures of patriarchy on women’s bodies and their sexuality have set rigid norms to limit mobility, decision making, and financial independence of women. Travel often involves transgressing several of these norms and facing social reproach in its wake.

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The Myth of a ‘Working’ Woman

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For many this would not appear to be a myth, but a by-product of the progressive Bharat. As the Labor day is approaching, we decided to break down the word ‘work’, in context of a woman, and explore its linkages with the role of gender.

If we see the definition of ‘work’, it says that,

“noun. activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a result.”

Whereas, the word ‘working’ is defined as,

“adjective. having paid employment.”

This clear yet unacknowledged distinction is not just restricted to dictionaries, but can also be seen subtly woven in the functioning of our society and its gender roles.

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Women Against Death Penalty

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The anger and rage that is visible against the gang rape is both ensuring and motivating but worrying also at the same time. The mobilization around the issue and young generation standing and opposing such heinous  crimes and coming out on streets to raise voice is ensuring that there are forces which will stand against the injustice and culture of protest is well alive and throbbing. However many a groups are demanding death penalty and some are even suggesting castration. This is quite worrying! Death penalty is not the solution and it will not change anything in long run. Continue reading