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- "This ethnographic representation of Sufia’s life permits me to share a mere glimpse of the everyday of under-privileged female lives in a city like Karachi. Sufia’s story hints at how women traverse public space with a kind of bodily discipline and emotional restraint that men do not have to endure. Public harassment and domestic surveillance of working women in Karachi’s neighbourhoods may serve purposes of control and management of female desires for specific urban freedoms. Where men can constitute themselves as “bathing in the crowds of the city,” working women’s mobility is constrained by moral discussions about their sexuality, domestic responsibilities and potential of corrupting the public space by their presence. These are complex urban stories that need more attention from us and we need more depictions of women’s lives — the unruly, the contradictory, the angry — that bring it out of the space of discursive and representational invisibility."
(Dawn.com, 2 June 2014)
- Sri Lanka army admits torture of women Sri Lanka's military admitted soldiers had abused and tortured female recruits. The fuzzy footage showed women recruits being subjected to cruel and degrading treatment and sustained beatings by men in uniform. It is the first time the military has accepted a leaked video showing torture as authentic.
(Aljazeera , 22, March 2014)
- Locating Punjabi Women Within Changing Social Order of Men (1947-2010) Today women with their bodies seem to be less valuable in the public space than the years before. Therefore, in place of seeking equality, we need to consider whether public domain values women for being women, or is the corporate practice of hiring women just used as a cover-up to continue to exclude and displace certain bodies? Also, as we pitch for justice over equality, we must be cognizant of what are we demanding for—are we motivating acceptance of difference, or more of the same practice of exclusion of one body over another?
(Sikh Studies Forum, January 2014)
- The Intimate Strangeness: Jannatul Mawa, a social activist and documentary photographer, take a photo series called "Close Distance," where she attempts to draw attention to the nuanced dynamic between South Asian women and their housemaids.
(BuzzFeed, 19 December 2013)
- This Taboo-Busting Ad Is Reinventing 'Happily Ever After' In India Tanishq is the first to introduce remarriage in Indian advertising. The company also took a bold and a beautiful approach in featuring a dusky complexion model as their lead icon for this feminist struggle.
(The Huntington Post, October 31, 2013)
- How To Keep Malala from Being Appropriated: Five points on Malala, Obama, and Jon Stewart The way for Malala is the same way for all of us: to stand against brutality anywhere and everywhere, whether it is state-sponsored violence or terrorism violence. A better future for all of us depends on this stance for a holistic sense of justice.
(Religion News Service, 12 October 2013)
- #Intersectionality for Racists: On Miss America Learn how possibly for feminists "beauty is a political issue."
(The Feminist Wire, 20 September 2013)
- Study shows 1 in 4 men in Six Asian countries have admitted raping a woman Previous studies of rape have been done in South Africa, where nearly 40 percent of men are believed to have raped a woman.
Of those who acknowledged forcing a woman to have sex, more than 70 percent of men said it was because of “sexual entitlement.” Nearly 60 percent said they were bored or wanted to have fun while about 40 percent said it was because they were angry or wanted to punish the woman. Only about half of the men said they felt guilty and 23 percent had been imprisoned for a rape.
(The Washington Post: Europe, 10 September 2013)
- Feminism And Race: Just Who Counts As A 'Woman Of Color'? It's hard to say I stand in solidarity with my feminist allies when feminists have railed against singer Chris Brown for his misogyny and violence, but have said very little about his incredibly racist song and music video, "Fine China." When Chris Brown releases a popular song that exoticizes Asian women, takes all the liberties in the world with "Asian culture," and perpetuates every racial trope that has ever existed in the Asian-American community, his actions should warrant further conversations about racism, appropriation and misogyny.
The idea of working "outside the binary" — not looking at race as a simple matter of black and white — has been hashed and rehashed within the social justice world, but we need to push for more than the occasional misguided ode to the "model minority" of "hard-working Asians."....In our respective fights to be heard and empowered as women of color, we must be careful not to further stigmatize and marginalize other voices in our midst.
(NPR, 12 September 2013)
- In Memory: Wisconsin Gurdwara Shooting, Seeking Some Answers Our every South Asian existence in the West is at risk. Why is why: "I always balk at the question of "What is a Sikh?" I refuse to answer it. I think it's highly unfair for one to have to prioritize overarching religious tenants in a five-minute period to a dimly curious interlocutor.
Very few of the questioners will ever understand what it's like to speak of a religion that doesn't follow a western secular rubric, or talk about the turban that is a testament to Sikh sovereignty. Do I mention that religious text uses words for God used by Muslims and Hindus alike? How am I to elide these very important histories from the conversation?
This week's media representation demonstrates that Sikhs will always be asked to engage with the world in a nationalist idiom. We will always be asked to reaffirm our Americanness, or be spoken of in a last ditch inclusivist effort. President Obama describes Sikhs as a part of the "broader American family," which to me raises larger questions about which constituents a more "mainstream" (narrow) American nuclear family might exclude?" The author engages in a poignant discussion over mainstream ideology, after the Wisconsin Sikh Gurdawara Shooting.
(Huffington Post, )
- Can anyone wear a bindi? Photographer documents cultural appropriation All to often we are pressured to conform to the “Western beauty ideals” and abandon anything that lets our culture or heritage show too much.
It’s a double standard, because if a Western person is accepted and applauded as ‘quirky’ and ‘cool’ for wearing a keffiyeh and a Middle Eastern is labeled a terrorist or ‘towelhead’ and dismissed as such, then there is something seriously wrong with those ideals.
(Daily News-America, 22, June 2013)
- Life imitating Bollywood: Love, murder, suicide Thinking that she was dead, Akash took out an unlicensed country-made pistol, placed it near his temple and pulled the trigger. It did not work. He then ate poison (sulphas) and slit his own throat with the knife.
This entire episode, like a scene from a horror film, took place inside the classroom with five to ten students present.As I read various media reports of this incident scenes of many Bollywood films flashed in my mind.
The writer, Irfan Ahmad, who is a political anthropologist and a lecturer at Monash University, Australia, looks at how Bollywood has changed over the years. How films like Darr and Baazigar not only became the symbol of transformation of Shahrukh Khan into an icon, but they were also a major symbol of transformation of the very idea and pursuit of love in Indian films.
(Aljazeera-Opinion, 6 August 2013)
- Indian Public Official's Express Sisterly Indifference Towards Violence Against Women. In West Bengal alone, over the span of 10 days three girls were raped. Government’s inadequate response has, as alleged, emboldened criminals, so has it goaded a society tired of TMC-Mamata Banerjee’s antics in service of bad governance into demanding justice, often discarding old norms. After the recent rapes, the victims broke their silence and appeared in public on a TV interview, face uncovered. They were the voices of Bengal’s women, whose voices won’t be silenced.
(OutlookIndia.com, 1 July 2013 )
- Cancer and Depression in South Asian Women Studies suggest that British South Asians (BSA) are more at risk for breast cancer, and also twice as likely to have depressive symptoms after being diagnosed, than White British women.
(Nursing In Practice, 18 June, 2013)
- What the Women Say: Elusive Peace, Pervasive Violence: Sri Lankan Women’s Struggle for Security & Justice Spring 2013- The 8th brief in ICAN’s “What the Women Say” series focuses on women in Sri Lanka’s northern provinces in the aftermath of war. Drawing on a survey conducted in ten war-torn districts and discussions with over 450 women, it reflects on women’s legal gains and their activism for peace and human rights while also highlighting the critical security, economic and social risks that many women face. The recommendations we offer to the Sri Lankan government and the international community reflect the survey findings and priorities outlined in the 2012 Sri Lankan Women’s Agenda on Peace, Security and Development.
(International Civil Society Action Network, Spring 2013)
- Arunima Sinha, who had lost a leg after being thrown off a moving train, today created history by becoming the first amputee to scale Mount Everest Sinha said her elder brother encouraged her when she disclosed her willingness to climb the world's highest peak, after getting an artificial limb.
(OutlookIndia.com, 21 May 2013)
- A marriage of 22 years, a union of 3 months, and a struggle of two decades. Devinder's only "fault", Navneet says, is that he was an engineer and professor who felt strongly about his students who went missing during the dark days of militancy in Punjab. And that he spoke openly about it. She calls him Professor. In the 22 years of their marriage, they have been together just three months. As the 48-year-old battles courts and governments to hold on to a husband who is slowly losing his mind, it speaks perhaps of a yearning that things had turned out differently.
(Pritha Chatterjee, 26 May 2013)
- Working to Stop Violence Against Women Two activists spoke with India Real Time about violence against women and what people can do to help fight the problem and change attitudes.
(India Real Time, May 13, 2013)
- Identity and Home in Meira Chand's novels Anu Kumar writes about Meira Chand's body of work, from her first novel in the 1970s to her most recent.
(for Sawnet, Jul 2011)
- Meira Kumar to be India's first woman speaker Ms Kumar, who has been elected to parliament five times, is the daughter of the late Babu Jagjivan Ram, a prominent Dalit leader and former deputy prime minister of India.
(BBC World News, 2 June 2009)
A random selection of previous news items..
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- For bride, dowry is deal-breaker Defiant Indian women increasingly fight in-laws demands.
(Washington Post, Mar 2005)
- Let those who have not sinned.... Shobha Warrier's 3-part article about prostitution in India.
- "Saving" Afghan women Sonali Kolhatkar points out that activists who claim to be speaking on behalf of Afghan women often have their own agendas.
(Zmag, May 2002)
- Astronaut Sunita Williams on space shuttle Discovery
(Rediff, Dec 2006)
- Sex and the Umma Mohja Kahf and Asra Nomani's column
(muslimwakeup.com, Sep 2005)
India's first female President 'I Will Be A Political President', says Pratibha Patil. Interview at Rashtrapati Bhavan
(Outlook, 13 Aug 2007)
- Growing up in the House Shabana Azmi writes about her experiences as a member of the Rajya Sabha
(Indian Express, September 2003)
- Every Act is Political Shauna Singh Baldwin interviews Samina Ali
- The Algebra of Infinite Justice.
Arundhati Roy in the Guardian, 29 Sep
01. See also counterpoint by Salil Tripathi.
- I told
a Pakistani friend not to stand up in the plane. Kamila Shamsie in the Guardian, 27 Sep 01.
not the enemy. Reshma Memom Yaqub in the Washington Post, 13 Sep
- I want to
be protected from the intolerant. Radhika Yeddanapudi in Rediff,
13 Sep 01.
- Afghan women boxers fighting for peace Women boxers in Afghanistan aspire to take part in the Olympics.
(BBC World News, 31 July 2007)
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