Tag: patriarchy

Act like a Man, Act like a Woman – Roles defined by Gender

 
/ January 24, 2017

Twenty-six-year-old Parvez casually slaps his wife Shabana, 23, on her head while saying, “A woman is a woman and a man is a man. The very language tells you that the position of a woman is below that of a man”, he says. He underscores that the relationship between a...

The Bare Life: Discrimination Against Widows

 
/ December 26, 2016

A Hindu widow is supposed to take off all ornaments, wear only black or white, cut her hair short, walk barefoot after her husband dies. It’s a living death for her–she cannot even participate in auspicious ceremonies like weddings, nor is she allowed to remarry. By contrast nothing changes for...

The Bare Life: Discrimination Against Widows

 
/ December 26, 2016

A Hindu widow is supposed to take off all ornaments, wear only black or white, cut her hair short, walk barefoot after her husband dies. It’s a living death for her–she cannot even participate in auspicious ceremonies like weddings, nor is she allowed to remarry. By contrast nothing changes for...

Oppression of the Veil

 
/ December 23, 2016

“I don’t like it, But I am forced to do it…[t]here’s a lot of pressure to veil myself”. This video examines how women’s choices and their voices are repeatedly nulified under patriarchal oppression in the garb of tradition.   The video reveals women performing hard labour like fetching water and...

Let’s give up the veil, so that we can breathe

 
/ December 22, 2016

“I want to be able to go out and work too. Purdah and other such practices should end”, says a woman who has been forced to don the veil in her marital home poignantly. “Why is it that men are not forced to wear the veil our?” asks our Community...

Veiling Should be a Choice not a Compulsion

 
/ December 21, 2016

The image that comes to mind when we think of the veil is that of a Muslim woman in a burqua, whereas, the practice of veiling or ‘purdah’ (literally curtain) as it is known in South Asia, is not limited to any one religion.   It is not simply a...

Dismantling Patriarchy at the Roots – One Video, One Conversation at One Time

 
/ November 29, 2016

The last time women came out in large numbers on the streets in India was to protest the Delhi bus rape of Jyoti Singh in December 2012. But what about the million small ways in which patriarchy and gender discrimination insinuate themselves into our daily lives? It makes us angry...

The Boy who Cooks and Cleans – Gender Equality is not so hard

 
/ November 24, 2016

Rohit helps his mother and sister by doing the household chores, setting an example of gender equality in his patriarchal community.