Gender

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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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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.

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Dowry-Related Violence Kills Over 20 Women in India Daily

 
/ March 5, 2018

The highest number of crimes against women in India is because of “cruelty” by the husband or his family, with a dismal conviction rate.

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Trafficked and Sold from One Man to Another, Minor Finally Returns Home

 
/ February 16, 2018

Nati was one of the 130 children who go missing and often fall victim to trafficking every day in India. Sold for 70,000 rupees, she was forcibly married and abused for a year before she managed to come back home.

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A War That Never Stops

 
/ December 12, 2017

The government is waging a war on women’s bodies in the name of providing reproductive healthcare.

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Trafficked at 11, Pregnant Teen Comes Home to Police Inaction

 
/ December 8, 2017

For nine long years that Nagma was missing, the police took no action to trace her and is doing little now to punish her traffickers.

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“He Chewed my Face Like an Animal”: A Survivor of Domestic Violence Speaks Up

 
/ November 25, 2017

After having faced domestic violence for 14 years of her marriage, when Parvin decided to separate, her husband took revenge by attacking and disfiguring her.

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Family Planning: Only a Woman’s Responsibility?

 
/ November 21, 2017

New government measures claim to increase the contraceptive choices given to women, but they still put the responsibility of contraception on women.