Gender

Impediments to Dignified Life for LGBTQIA+ Community

“To deny people their human rights, is to challenge their very humanity.” – Nelson Mandela.  The first Article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948 — All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights — unequivocally embraces every individual and entitles them, uncompromisingly, to equality, liberty, and dignity. Article 21 …

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Understanding the Structural Aspects of Women’s Oppression Through the Works of Gerda Lerner

Subordinated under the control of men for thousands of years, women today are subjected to various institutions and structures that are implicitly or explicitly under patriarchal dominion. In her work on women’s history, ‘The Creation of Patriarchy’, Gerda Lerner, an Austrian American historian, has talked about these structures in detail. One of her interesting assertions …

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What Does UGC’s Move for Greater Academia-Industry Engagement Mean for Women in STEM?

In what could be a policy change of the decade in the higher education space in India, the University Grant Commission (UGC) recently approved draft guidelines under which professionals like civil servants, engineers, lawyers, artists, and media persons with 15 years of experience might be able to teach at universities and colleges without a Ph.D. …

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Slow But Steady: how Kerala’s Transgender Policy has helped the Trans Community

‘The Transgender policy introduced by the Government of Kerala opened up so many avenues for our community. It made our lives significantly better and easier.” – Janmoni Das Historically, the culture in the Indian subcontinent, including its diverse mythology and religious spaces featured a considerable representation of the transgender community. The reality, however, for the much-ostracized …

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Commercial Surrogacy: was it so wrong?

Booming business in Akanksha infertility clinic at Anand gave this Indian town a rather peculiar name: ‘The baby factory’ and the surrogates here are referred to as incubators working in this factory. India’s burgeoning ‘infertility tourism’ hinges on the ‘exploitation’ of these incubators. The complete surrogacy package including the cost of fertilization, the cost of …

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How Reservation for Women in Panchayati Raj Institutions Turned into a Proxy Paradox

Despite the fact that women account for half of the country’s population, their representation in the public arena is limited due to the country’s socio-cultural circumstances and patriarchal structure. India is no exception as just like many other countries of the world, women are underrepresented at all levels of decision-making. As the data suggests, the …

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