from The Human Impact:

India’s greed for dowries lies at heart of many abuses against women

September 19, 2014

Bride Kalpana and groom Bhavin Munjpara exchange wedding vows inside a hospital in Ahmedabad

The customs and traditions of our forefathers - performed during festivals and on special occasions such as births, weddings and funerals – can be beautiful, reminding us of a life past.

from The Human Impact:

From the sickening to the bizarre, Indian politicians still don’t get rape

August 14, 2014

A member of the Communist Party of India-Marxist uses an iPad to take pictures of a  protest rally in Kolkata

 

Covering women's rights issues for so many years in India, I still find the number of ways women and girls are abused and discriminated against unfathomable.

from The Human Impact:

“They told me to have a sex change” – Iranian lesbian

June 30, 2014

Sara, a bright young woman studying for a masters at Tehran University, is a lesbian – but if the Iranian authorities had their way, she would change her sex and become a man.

from Breakingviews:

Review: ‘Leftover Women’ may hinder China’s growth

June 20, 2014

By Katrina Hamlin

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

from The Human Impact:

Do gender and sexuality really matter anymore?

May 12, 2014

Contestants wait for the start of the annual race on high heels during Gay Pride celebrations in the quarter of Chueca in Madrid

Contestants wait for the start of the annual race on high heels during Gay Pride celebrations in the quarter of Chueca in Madrid

from The Human Impact:

Gender identity a top theme at Tribeca Film Festival

April 29, 2014

Music may have been the biggest theme at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, but movies exploring gender identity and sexuality also made a strong mark at the event, which wraps up on Sunday in New York.

from The Human Impact:

Can a mother truly hate her own son?

April 23, 2014

One line in Bad Hair, which had its U.S. premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York, has made me uncomfortable for days.

from The Human Impact:

Ending the beatings, rapes, murders: Where are India’s men?

February 18, 2014

Violence against women is widespread across the world. Globally, 35 percent of women have been beaten by an ‘intimate partner’ or suffered sexual violence at the hands of a non-partner in their lifetime, the World Health Organisation says.

from The Human Impact:

Using rape as an excuse for moral policing in India

February 12, 2014

The conversation has changed in India since that horrific night in December 2012 when a young woman returning home after watching a movie at the cinema was gang raped on a moving bus and left to die on the streets of the Indian capital.

from The Human Impact:

Gender injustice: When Indian judges get it wrong

January 9, 2014

An Indian judge who called pre-marital sex "immoral" and against "the tenets of every religion" has been criticised by activists who say his remarks highlight gender insensitivity within the judiciary and the challenges faced by victims of sex crimes in seeking justice.