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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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“To live fearless and free”: Kashmiri Girl Defiantly Pursues Cricketing Dreams

 
/ November 7, 2017

Insha Mir has struggled against patriarchal diktats for over a decade and today captains her college cricket team.

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What’s in a Name? Only Patriarchal Control

 
/ November 1, 2017

Women in rural Odisha reflect on what the compulsion to change one’s surname after marriage means for their identity.

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“Because I am a boy”: How Masculinity is Learned

 
/ October 27, 2017

Ravind was just another kid playing around with the other kids of his age in his village until the day he wore girls’ footwear and his friends teased him about it.

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Women Should be Younger than Their Husbands and Other Lessons of Patriarchy

 
/ October 20, 2017

Men and women alike internalise gender discrimination. Is there a way to unlearn patriarchy? Saket is in middle school. But he’s very sure of the reason behind the difference in legal marriageable age of women (18) and men (21). “It is so that women can’t dominate us,” he says with...

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Community Weddings: The Solution to Dowry and Child Marriage?

 
/ October 16, 2017

In Rajasthan, as community weddings are celebrated as philanthropic initiatives, it is time to look deeper into the politics of caste and patriarchy.

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#PropertyForHer: More Than Just A Room of Her Own

 
/ October 11, 2017

While we push for uniform civil codes, it is important to remember that everyday discrimination remains a significant barrier to #PropertyForHer Tallulah was only two when her father passed away. Her mother was twenty two at that time, with two infants. Circumstances were so dire that Tallulah and her sister...

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Impact: Accused in Jharkhand Witch Hunting Case Arrested

 
/ October 9, 2017

Tireless efforts from Correspondent Nirmala Ekka and AALI have forced the officials to take action.

Fasting in the Name of Love

 
/ September 29, 2017

Karva Chauth has arrived. A festival of love as some call it, is just one more occasion for advertisers to ply you with everything from garish lehengas to bejewelled sieves and special facials and hairdos.