Between Spaces and Conversations: An Action Research Project With Young People

In 2013 -2014, Nirantar conducted a landscape analysis of early and child marriage in India. The study opened up several questions for us and we felt that we need to engage more with young people to understand from them how they experience and makes sense of their experiences.

We thus embarked on an action research to help us better understand how to engage with the root causes of early and child marriage with a youth-centric and empowering approach, through action, evaluation and critical reflection.

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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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National Consultation: A Critical Examination of Sexuality Discourses in India, 16th and 17th June 2016

Nirantar is organising a National Consultation to critically Examine the current Sexuality Discourses in India on 16th and 17th June, 2016 at Indian Habitat Center, New Delhi.
In 2013-2014, Nirantar tried to ‘map’ contemporary conversations around sexuality among activists and development practitioners. We wanted to get a broad sense of the diverse ways in which we speak of and understand sexuality and where we locate it in our work and politics, amidst complexities in and around us.

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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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