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16 Days of Activism

Home is Where the Hurt is – Part 3

“Get the f*** out of this house”. And she prepares to do just that. Because, salvaging her pride means showing him (and herself) that it is not as if she has nowhere else to go, she is not a charity case, she is not dependent on him, etc, etc. Right? Isn’t that how most of us educated, ‘empowered’ women would react? Rather, th ...

[16 Days of Activism] The Horse Cart Driver – Part 2

In part one, Mahnaz, who was nine years old at the time, was riding in the front seat of a horse-cart—with her mother and sister seated in the back—when the driver grabbed her hand and would not let it go. —- The horse cart driver didn’t ...

[16 Days of Activism] Stop Violence Against Women

You enjoy your full rights… Now I want to enjoy mine I am a human You must help me. Stop violence against me. Do not tell me you are weak. You are strong enough to beat me, to blame me for being a woman You try to buy me with your money, Or exchang ...

Home is Where the Hurt is – Part 2

Stage 1: Dissonance. Denial. Disbelief. Stage 2: Distress. Desperation. Despair. Stage 3: Rinse. Repeat. It creeps in slowly. First, there are the ‘accidents’. His leg just happened to be in the way, so you tripped. The door just banged on your h ...

[16 Days of Activism] Legitimizing Inequality

I write this poem for women who are victims of wrong cultural and religious beliefs. —Mahnaz We were cooked. They made us raw, burned us and buried us. Those men and women who carry the stick in their hands, gaze of blame in their eyes, sting of in ...

[16 DOA] Home is Where the Hurt is – Part 1

“It can never happen to me. I love him too much. He’s educated. I am educated. He doesn’t want to become his father. I will NEVER become his mother. He chose me, right? I chose him, didn’t I? Can’t happen, can it? Wouldn’t happen again, w ...

[Collaboration] 16 Safe and Creative Ways for Bystanders to Become Upstanders in Stopping Violence Against Women

This article originally appeared as a part of The Pixel Project‘s 16 for 16 Blogging Campaign as a part of 16 Days of Activism. You can read the original article here. ——————————— ...

[16 Days of Activism] Patang – U.P. Takes a Stand on Violence Against Women

16 Days of Activism is an international campaign that calls on individuals around the world to act against all forms of violence against women and girls. It’s a campaign Breakthrough Rights Advocates and the DMCGVS have taken seriously in Gor ...

[16 Days of Activism] Meet the Breakthrough Rights Advocates – Sunila

For 16 Days of Activism, we’d like to introduce you to Breakthrough’s tireless Rights Advocates, working throughout Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka to spread awareness around issues of gender rights and violence against women. Meet Sunila fro ...

[16 Days of Activism] Meet Breakthrough’s Rights Advocates – Mehrunisha

For 16 Days of Activism, we’d like to introduce you to Breakthrough’s tireless Rights Advocates, working throughout Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka to spread awareness around issues of gender rights and violence against women. Meet Mehrunisha ...
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