Women in India often hear from an early age that they shouldn't be out in public without a purpose and a place to go. And certainly they shouldn't be out late at night without the company of a man. "Don't loiter," they're urged. But a group of women in Mumbai is challenging that notion by going on late-night walks together and just hanging out. Rhitu Chatterjee tags along for a "loitering session" that manages to feel both sinister and uplifting.
These 16 women — who recently came together in Cambridge, Massachusetts — are working to end violence in their communities. From Mexico to Myanmar, Sudan to South Sudan, Iraq to Ukraine, they are defying the notion that violence is inevitable, or that injustice should be tolerated.
In the last year and a half the female CEO of the game development studio Giant Spacekat, says she has received more than 200 death threats, adding that she gets rape threats “constantly.” However, she feels that the larger GamerGate movement goes beyond individuals, arguing that it is connected to the role of women in gaming.
If you've been following the climate change debate for a while, Rajendra Pachauri should be familiar. He's the former chair of the UN panel on climate change. Last February, he was accused of sexual harassment by a researcher who worked at his institute in India. An internal investigation found him guilty and Pachauri stepped down. Now a new allegation has been made.
Despite the fact that caste discrimination is illegal in India, Yashica Dutt's parents encouraged her to "pass" as upper caste to access better opportunities. But hiding her Dalit identity was taking its toll. So she came out on Facebook, sparking a huge conversation that's still ongoing.
Ostensibly for their own protection, women in India often travel in sex-segregated compartments or seating areas, as well as in special "ladies only" taxis. A designer in Mumbai has kitted out a taxi with special rules "only for men."
For the first time in Saudi Arabia's history, women will be allowed to vote in Saturday's local municipal elections. They will also be able to stand as candidates. These are considerable gains for women in the kingdom, yet activists say challenges still remain.
To talk about sexual violence in India without mentioning caste would be like talking about rape during the time of slavery without mentioning slavery. The struggles and centuries-old discrimination and indifference of India's Dalits floored their American colleagues.
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