“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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Let’s Talk About Sex: Sexuality and the Embodied Empowerment of Girls

Please join GreeneWorks, American Jewish World Service, CARE and the International Women’s Health Coalition on 7th September at the 2016 AWID Forum at the Costa do Sauipe in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil for an interactive, “get out of your seat” theater performance and learning session about the possibilities for the embodied empowerment of girls through exploring sexuality, gender, power and pleasure in their lives.

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Yamuna Kya Hai Teri Kahani– PACE Historical Walk (In Pictures)

The idea of historical walks for PACE team is to offer a wider perspective and mobility opportunities to the girls associated with this project. Each historical walk is a beautiful travelling experience for the girls, woven around a theme from their curriculum, giving them a practical outlook along with the theories in the center. One of these historical walks took them on a journey to explore the river Yamuna and how it is an important part of the environment.

Yamuna kya hai teri kahani,

Puche jag par koi na mane.

Sheher ke isko samjhe kaali,

Kooda-karkat jaisi ek naali,

Yamuna kya hai teri kahani.

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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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मज़दूर दिवस और समान मज़दूरी कानून

समान मज़दूरी कानून होने के बावजूद भी हमारे देश में महिलाओं को पुरुषों  से कम मज़दूरी मिलती है। सरकारी आंकड़ों के अनुसार पुरुषों को अगर 100 रुपए मिलते हैं तो महिलाओं को केवल 70 रूपए। गांवों में तो इससे भी कम मज़दूरी मिलती है।

काम की पूरी मज़दूरी मिलनी चाहिए। काम चाहे महिला करे या पुरुष। मज़दूरी दिए बिना कोर्इ भी किसी से काम नहीं करा सकता। आमतौर पर महिलाओं को पुरुषों से कम मज़दूरी दी जाती है। इसलिए सरकार ने समान मज़दूरी का कानून बनाया।

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