WOMEN

Parcham Collective, an organisation that facilitates football practice sessions for adolescent girls in Mumbra, Thane, organised a wall painting event in the area on October 2nd in the Fatima Bi Savitri Bai sports ground for girls, as an inauguration of the ground that the girls will now use for training officially. “The ground was reserved for the girls by the Thane municipal corporation, and the opposition party arranged for appropriate landscaping of the ground, a first by local authorities and the opposition.” said Sabah Khan, co-founder of Parcham. The name of the ground was an ode to Fatima Shaikh and Savitri…

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"We have lost everything. Who has reaped? still, we are displaced in our freedoms" are the opening lines of the poem ईरपाल (erpal), meaning grievance, by local Koli poet Shahir Pundalik Mhatre; documented by the Tandel Fund of Archives, an archival project run by artists Parag Tandel and Kadambari Koli. The poem hallmarks the many years of displacement of the Kolis of Bombay, and the reclamation of their lands by the city's industries. The city's earliest inhabitants, its vibrant fisherfolk, are now fighting a long battle with their own home.  Morning travels in the Mumbai local trains are usually marked…

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In the early hours of 10th September, a tempo driver named Mohan Chauhan killed a 32-year-old Dalit woman in Sakinaka. The woman was found severely injured, bleeding in a tempo and was immediately hospitalised, after a First Information Report (FIR) was registered. CCTV footage recovered by the police found that the accused had raped and assaulted the woman with an unknown object. He was then booked for rape, and after she succumbed to her injuries, a murder charge was added to the FIR. The police allegedly recovered evidence that the two knew each other prior to the incident.  Additionally, on…

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Gender balance in Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications is crucial to the goal of bringing about positive social change through use of technology. With artificial intelligence becoming ever more widespread, gender diversity in platform, data and AI governance can present solutions to gender inequities, protect and empower communities facing gender-related violence, and support diversity in the technology industry. Some crucial issues which we need to look at are: The right to internet As per a UNESCO report, women have a very low share in advanced technology jobs which include non-­routine, cognitive tasks that are in demand in the digital economy. This is…

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Translated by Sandhya Raju இம்மாத தொடக்கத்தில், அண்ணாநகரில் உள்ள ஒரு முக்கிய சந்திப்பில் தன்னை முன்பின் அறிந்திறாத நபர் ஒருவர் பின் தொடர்ந்ததாக சென்னையைச் சேர்ந்த பத்திரிகையாளர் கிரீஷ்மா குத்தார், தனது ட்விட்டர் பதிவில் குறிப்பிட்டிருந்தார். தன்னை இடைமறித்து பேச முயன்றவரை கண்டு கொள்ளாமல் சென்றதாகவும், ஆனால் வேகமாக பின் தொடர்ந்து மீண்டும் இடையூறு செய்ததாகவும் தெரிவித்திருந்தார். காவலர்களிடம் புகார் அளித்ததை அடுத்து அந்த நபரை காவலர்கள் பிடித்து விசாரித்தனர். அதன் முழு விவரமும் கீழே: படம்: கிரீஷ்மா குத்தார் தன்னுடைய தோழிகள் பலருக்கு இது போன்று இடையூறு ஏற்பட்டுள்ளது என குறிப்பிட்டுள்ளார். பொது முடக்கத்திற்க்கு பின் அலுவலகம் செல்ல ஆரம்பித்த மடிப்பாக்கத்தை சேர்ந்த 25 வயது ஆர். ரெஜினா தனது அனுபவத்தை பகிர்ந்தார், "என் வீட்டிலிருந்து இரண்டு தெரு தள்ளி வசிக்கும் ஒருவர், சில வாரங்களாக பின் தொடர்கிறார், எப்படி அதை தடுப்பது என தெரியவில்லை" என கூறினார்.…

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India’s rapid urbanization has led to a significant rise in informal urban settlements, with over 35% of the country’s urban population occupying them. Characterized by makeshift infrastructure and poor hygiene conditions, these settlements are often the only affordable option for people who also work unsteady, non-contractual jobs. Women in these informal settlements, in particular, play a huge role in protecting the physical and financial health of their families.  Under the shadow of potential eviction and financial struggles, these women are almost always engaged in labour — both paid and unpaid. In many cases, their homes — comprising single rooms for…

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Early this month, Chennai-based journalist Greeshma Kuthar found herself being stalked by a stranger at a prominent junction in Anna Nagar. The stalker stopped her and tried to initiate a conversation; Greeshma did not engage with him and simply rode ahead. He sped up and came in front of her scooter. Following a verbal exchange, she filed a stalking complaint with the police against the man, who was eventually nabbed by the police. Read the entire thread here: https://twitter.com/jeegujja/status/1435490467555131392?s=20 Greeshma, however, is not alone. In fact, in her tweet thread, she mentions that several of her friends too have been…

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Muthulakshmi S, a resident of Kattukuppam village in the Ennore Industrial Cluster spends a good share of her family income on doctors' fees and medicines. “My kids suffer from severe cold and cough infections every two months. The doctor says that it is common among those living here,” says 27-year-old Muthulakshmi, whose kids are seven and three-and-a-half years old.  Her husband is a fisherman who brings home a few hundred rupees on some days, but nothing on many others. Muthulakshmi is not alone, however. Her trials and tribulations reflect those of many women in Ennore, and much of that can…

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Uyali* was among the 220 garment workers fired by Slam Clothing Private Limited in January 2020. Two months later, the textile manufacturer situated at Mahindra World City in the outskirts of Chennai shut down operations, citing ‘irrecoverable losses due to the COVID-triggered lockdown.’ More than half of the workers haven’t received their dues from the Provident Fund (PF) yet. Like hundreds of her colleagues, Uyali is still waiting. “My salary of two months remains unpaid to this day. I had to hunt for a job in the middle of a pandemic when I did not even have the money to…

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For 15 years Sheela (name changed), a domestic worker, had been in the service of a single household, till the 2020 lockdown, when her employer left town and stopped answering her calls. She currently works at another house, earning less than half of what she used to. Caught up in bad loans, her husband died by suicide in November 2019 leaving her as her family's sole earner. The centrally sponsored Widow Pension scheme is erratic and unreliable, forcing her to search for other income sources. As a mother of two, Sheela has three mouths to feed, bills and fees to…

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