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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.

Too Beautiful to Pray?

 
/ September 4, 2017

Patriarchy supplies a slew of bizarre rationales for keeping women away from places of worship.

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When the Personal is Political: Inequality within Marriage

 
/ August 25, 2017

In rural Uttar Pradesh, one young woman brings her camera and lots of courage to dismantle patriarchy.

Why I don’t think Women should Celebrate Independence Day

 
/ August 15, 2017

Freedom is an unfulfilled promise for nearly fifty percent of the country who have to constantly negotiate their lives through fear and stigma. It was a holiday. A holiday marked by fluttering tricolours in each neighbourhood and loudspeakers blaring patriotic songs. A day before in school, I had dutifully stood...

Sindoor: Symbol of Marriage or Misogyny?

 
/ August 2, 2017

From tax reforms to Bollywood movie tropes to everyday realities-- there is no escaping the symbols of marriage that only apply to women.

When Children ‘Perform’ Gender

 
/ July 26, 2017

In rural Uttar Pradesh children exaggerate ‘femininity’ and ‘masculinity’ when performing gendered actions. But are things as black and white as they seem?

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12% GST on Menstrual Hygiene Products: Rural Women Speak Out

 
/ July 14, 2017

Caught between the expense of sanitary napkins and the stigma of menstrual blood, rural women are left without viable, unhygienic options and those suffering from reproductive tract infection are often led to believe that hysterectomy is their only option.

‘Make Men Wear Veils and They will Understand our Difficulties’

 
/ July 12, 2017

In rural Uttar Pradesh, one woman challenges men to cover their faces and then successfully execute their work.

Questioning Gender Roles: Boys do the Bhangra and Girls Shake their Booty

 
/ July 6, 2017

Pink versus blue, pretty versus brave: the childhood landscape is mined with pernicious gender stereotypes that dictate how we behave as adults.