What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape

Sohaila Abdulali, in conversation with Namita Bhandare Bank of Baroda Baithak Rape is not sex. Sohaila Abdulali – rape survivor, and author of What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape – is very clear about this. It is a function of power and violence,and even if it is a sexual act, it has… Read more »

Make Love Not Scars: Being Reshma

Reshma Qureshi, Ria Sharma and Tania Singh in conversation with Namita Bhandare Women Uninterrupted Series   “The acid attack happened on 19 May, 2014. I was attacked because I was the youngest in my family and an attack of this sort would leave my family entirely broken,” shared acid attack survivor Reshma Qureshi in a… Read more »

“Can women be fully empowered without partly disempowering men?”

Rukhmabai Raut,1864-1955, was the first woman to practice medicine in British India. She was also the first woman to oppose the institution of child marriage, herself having been married off to a nineteen-year-old Dadaji Bhikaji at the age of eleven. When taken to court, Rautdeclared that she preferred to stay in jail for six months… Read more »

Waiting for her Knight: Gender Stereotypes in Fairytales

Our childhoods are drenched in pretty princesses, courageous knights, evil witches and magical creatures. Fairytales are oftenthe very first kind of literature that young readers are acquainted with, andas such, the first place where children first encounter the differences between “male” and “female”. Why do we give books to children? Common answers to that question… Read more »

Can women be fully empowered without disempowering men?

This topic brought to my mind two opposing pieces of literature that I had recently read – a book called Princess about life of a Saudi princess, another an article on the domestic life of boxing champion Mary Kom. They could not be more poles apart. I will primarily be talking about the book and… Read more »

Can women be fully empowered without partly disempowering men?

Anusha and her younger brother, Aniket, were on an equal playing field. Besides the elementary awareness that Anusha was a girl and Aniket was a boy, the siblings grew up in an ecosystem that was gender blind. In their formative years at home, both had neatly defined roles in sharing domestic chores. While Aniket made… Read more »

“Can women be fully empowered without partly disempowering men?”

Rukhmabai Raut,1864-1955, was the first woman to practice medicine in British India. She was also the first woman to oppose the institution of child marriage, herself having been married off to a nineteen-year-old Dadaji Bhikaji at the age of eleven. When taken to court, Rautdeclared that she preferred to stay in jail for six months… Read more »

There is A Prayer in This Mouth That You Have Not Heard

“No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.”  Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own   i) my grandmother tells me she studied English in hiding. i picture her: spectacled, saree-clad, bent over a textbook that promised freedom, her fingertips warm with the soft impressions of household spices… Read more »