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India’s patriarchal traditions inform all aspects of public and private life. Gender discrimination is rife in Indian families. Families traditionally give preference to sons, and this leads to highly male-dominated political and economic public spheres.  Women and gender minorities still face severe discrimination and violence based on their sex. VV Correspondents have reported extensively on rapes, domestic violence and acid attacks, which are too often vindicated by the woman’s “unacceptable” behaviour in their gendered roles as daughters, daughters-in-law or wives.

In 2016 VV launched Khel Badal, a campaign to dismantle patriarchy, motivated by the belief that every woman should have the tools to question the inequality and restrictions they experience.  Community Correspondents tell stories of everyday patriarchy and normalised sexism, which are the root cause of the high numbers of rapes, domestic violence and sexual harassment.  63 of our correspondents are running Discussion Clubs in their villages; they watch some of VV’s 500 gender videos and help each other break patriarchal stereotypes amongst the boys and girls in their households.

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Happy Brides: 15 Transgender Women Tie Knot in Chhattisgarh’s Raipur

 
/ May 24, 2019

At a mass wedding in Chhattisgarh’s Raipur, 15 transgender women celebrated their wedding day in a Hindu ceremonial style.

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Combating Human Trafficking

 
/ May 14, 2019

Video-talks about trafficking are encouraging communities to be more vigilant.

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Elections 2019: Equality, Safety, and Land Rights Top the List of Demands by Women

 
/ April 22, 2019

Several women came together before Lok Sabha Elections to oppose the lack of accountability of the government towards increasing violence and inequality against women in India. Women across the country marched for their constitutional rights in New Delhi on 4 April 2019. These women were raising their voices against growing...

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Ranjita Sinha’s Decade-long fight for Trans Rights

 
/ February 6, 2019

A member of the West Bengal Transgender Welfare Board, Ranjita Sinha has been working towards fighting prejudice and ensuring trans rights for the last decade.

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Why the Trans Rights Bill 2018 Sparked Protests Across India

 
/ January 3, 2019

The passing of the Trans Rights Bill, 2018 by the Lok Sabha sparked off protests across Bengaluru and New Delhi. 

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Meet the Woman Who Changed Her Name at 45

 
/ September 28, 2018

Hundreds of girls in India are given names indicating they’re unwanted. A woman in Haryana broke this spell and took on a new name.

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Why must only Brutal Incidents of Violence Spark Outrage Against Rape Culture?

 
/ September 19, 2018

The recent gang rape of a 19-year old in Haryana is a reminder that rapes do not happen in a vacuum, they are a result of patriarchy and the rape culture it has built.

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Rape by Any Other Name Would Still be Rape

 
/ August 22, 2018

52 countries have criminalised marital rape. But in India, lawmakers supposedly fear destabilising the institution of marriage. It’s not fear, it’s misogyny.