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No ‘happy’ birthday to you, girl!

By Roki Kumar Birth of a newborn is a very important and happy event in all communities. Every society celebrates the birth of a newborn baby in their own unique way. In Haryana, the birth of a newborn baby is celebrated with folk songs, folk dance and other customs.  It is a big celebration for every family irrespective of their caste and class. ...

How can gender-biased sex selection be tackled?

Most conversations around gender-biased sex selection place the onus on the mothers, who rarely have a say in the matter. Since the entire community plays a coercive role in pressuring women to have sons, it is essential to target communications at the level of both the family and the community. Gender-biased sex selection is the social responsibil ...

What is gender-biased #sexselection?

What is Gender-Biased Sex Selection? Gender-biased sex selection (GBSS) is the misuse of medical technologies to determine the sex of a foetus in order to ensure a male child, a practice that is illegal in India according to PCPNDT Act. It includes practices such as selecting embryos after IVF and separating sperm to conceive a son or misusing ultr ...

[16 Days of Activism] The Horse Cart Driver – Part 1

Before I learned from anyone, my intuition taught me to understand gender violence and react against it. I was nine years old when we were living in Herat province, in western Afghanistan. We lived away from the city center and my grandparents lived ...

Working to end Gender Biased Sex Selection in Haryana (Youth Trainings)

Working to end Gender Biased Sex Selection in Haryana (Youth Trainings), a set on Flickr. A local professional theatre group, consisting of mostly of students from Kurukshetra was identified by our state team. The group calls itself ‘Faith in theatre’, is led by a professional director. They were commissioned to create a script on the i ...

Slogans and gender bias

By Roki Kumar In Haryana, people resort to all kinds of measures to avoid having a daughter. I am a trainer working in Jhajjar, Haryana, with the human rights group Breakthrough, that works in challenging this problem and to stop gender-biased sex selection. There are many communication strategies that are being used to stop gender-biased sex selec ...

Portrayals of Women in Indian Advertising – Part 2 – The Traditional

In this post we explore traditional advertisements, which we define as ads that show women in highly traditional gender roles such as mother, cook, etc. Sample advertisements: http://www.fortunecookingoil.com/about-us.php This is the website for the top selling brand of cooking oil in India. A simple read through of the homepage reveals an extremel ...

मनीषा की सच्ची घटना (नाम परिवर्तित)

ब्रेकथ्रू द्वारा यूथ प्रषिक्षण एस0एस0 +2 उच्च विधालय चिलदाग, अनगड़ा, रांची में चल रहा था, जहां फोरम में सभी बच्चे एवं बचिचयां ट्रेनिंग क ...

The Dark Holi Night

It was the night of Holi in 2009. I was on night duty and was visiting hospitals and police stations to collect news as a reporter with a newspaper. It was 3 am. So the photojournalist and I decided to check on Bowring Hospital in Shivajinagar. There was no crowd or relatives gathered that night, not even a jeep with policemen. Looking at the deser ...

Ring The Bell… for a change

“You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation” (This was what I tweeted while attending the RING THE BELL event from IndiBlogger) Now think about this quote again and imagine for two minutes – a world without women, how does it feel? For me if I run my imaginations to live in a world without women then i ...
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