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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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First Sexually Violated, then Harassed by Law Keepers

 
/ August 6, 2018

Rape survivors are often further violated by upholders of the law, who are either unaware of amendments in law or not sensitive enough to support survivors.

A Contentious Triple Talaq Bill

 
/ July 16, 2018

The triple talaq bill, waiting for the Rajya Sabha's approval, has left people debating about whether it will actually protect Muslim women's rights.

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Women Drive Change in West Bengal, Literally

 
/ June 8, 2018

Taking the stereotype that women cannot drive and turning it on its head, meet this group of 78 women autorickshaws who will not be stopped.

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“It’s Like Women Get Used to Living a Stifled Life”

 
/ April 27, 2018

Community Correspondent Shanti Baraik reports on cases of domestic violence and abuse and on the structures of power and everyday practices that lead to such violence. Through her videos, she hopes to give more power to survivors.

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Despite Death Threats, Domestic Violence Survivor Fights On

 
/ March 21, 2018

In a society where women are shamed for seeking justice in cases of domestic violence and called out for alleged ‘false complaints’, Gyanwati’s resilience is encouraging.

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From Child Bride to Firebrand Women’s Rights Activist

 
/ March 19, 2018

In Uttar Pradesh's Kushinagar, this activist has single-handedly built a support and action network for women survivors of violence. Here's her story.

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International Women’s Day: #TimeIsNow to Create Systems of Support and Solidarity

 
/ March 8, 2018

Five years after the 181 Women’s Helpline was launched as a comprehensive support system for women, here’s looking at what it takes to build networks of support and solidarity that are sensitive, survivor-centric and just.

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A Model for Trans* Inclusivity

 
/ March 6, 2018

An organisation in Bangalore leads the way in building an inclusive working space for its transgender employees.