Gender

  • Why SC's decision to recognise the third gender will change my life, writes transgender TV host and filmmaker Rose Venkatesan 15-04-2014 12:58 PM

    The Supreme Court of India directed the Indian Government to include a new gender category to include people who don't identify as the traditional male or female. My head spins as I write this. A combination of being woken up suddenly from heavy sleep and a sudden jerk of pleasant...
  • BR Ambedkar's quotes on democracy, untouchability, gender equality 14-04-2014 05:46 PM

    New Delhi: On BR Ambedkar's birth anniversary, it is fitting if we were to examine his vision of modern India based on his writings. His vast output of scholarly works, essays and lectures are fertile ground for discovering the ideas he lived by and hoped would take root in India....
  • Highlights: BJP manifesto for 2014 Lok Sabha elections 07-04-2014 10:59 AM

    The Bharatiya Janata Party released its manifesto for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections on Monday, the day the first phase of the polls began in the states of Assam and Tripura. The BJP manifesto pledges 'Ek Bharat, Shreshta Bharat - Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas' (One India, Best India - Unity...
  • Is it a girl? I hate girls! Hilarious video of little boy, who has two sisters, finding out he's about to have another 29-03-2014 03:49 PM

    When this little boy, who has two sisters, finds out he's about to have another, he goes bat crazy. It must clearly be tough for him to live in a household with three women. The father could have handled this better, given that the two other little girls were witness...
  • Men are healthier and happier about their appearance than women: Survey 24-02-2014 03:11 PM

    London: Men are healthier and happier about their appearance than women in general, according to a new survey. Health and Happiness, a nationwide study of 2,000 men and women found that men reported a higher rate of happiness when it came to their weight, shape, appearance, and the way they...
  • CNN-IBN journalist wins Laadli award for gender sensitivity 21-02-2014 11:52 AM

    New Delhi: CNN-IBN's Akansha Pradeep has won the National Laadli Media award for gender sensitivity. She has been awarded for her report on the now-banned 2 finger test. The report was part of the Citizen Journalist Agenda for Change campaign on CNN-IBN. After being awarded in the category of best...
  • Explained: Facebook's 56 new options for defining the gender of a person 14-02-2014 01:33 PM

    Gender has been, at least for the last few centuries owing to sexual conditioning by major established religions such as Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, etc seen only as a body-appearance based polarity. Male and Female have been the only options available for people to identify as belonging to. This is...
  • Freedom from enforced sexuality: Why the 'aam aurat' loves the tent-like nightie, the life partner of the 'lungi'

    A-Musing |  Purba Ray
    It's time aam aurats of India conveyed their heartfelt gratitude to the lady who was too lazy to change out of her nightdress and ended...

  • Professor Sherawat? Mallika invited to debate at Oxford on gender issues 11-02-2014 10:29 AM

    New Delhi: Hailing from a small town, Mallika Sherawat made it to the big city Mumbai all alone and entered into Bollywood without any godfather. The actress has been vocal about her father's angst against her for joining Bollywood and ruffled few feathers when she called India a regressive and...
  • Watch: What if men had to live in a world ruled by women? Short French film holds a mirror to society 10-02-2014 02:52 PM

    On what seems to be just another ordinary day, a man is exposed to sexism and sexual violence in a society ruled by women. The 10 minute-film French film Oppressed Majority (Majorit Opprime) by Eleonore Pourriat and starring Pierre Benezit, Marie-Lorna Vaconsin, Marie Favasuli and Cline Menville is an eye-opener....
  • Forum of men's rights organisations set to float a political party 02-02-2014 11:14 PM

    A forum of men's rights organisations has decided to float a political party to address issues concerning men and fight for gender equality and social justice. Observing that men's welfare has been ignored by governments, the National Coalition of Men (NCM) has been working to grab the government's attention towards...
  • The working women

    Just Asking |  S K Srivastava
    The women across the world manage home, family food and rearing of children. It is a full time, not-so-easy job. The lioness kill to feed...

  • S**t Indian leaders said in 2012 and 2013 on rape, homosexuality, poverty and women's rights 31-12-2013 12:27 PM

    New Delhi: Indians in power said some bizarre things in 2012 and 2013 that deserved to be in our Hall of Shame. Union New and Renewable Energy Minister Farooq Abdullah said he was scared to talk to a woman these days for fear of being falsely implicated in a molestation...
  • 'She-taxis' of Kerala to become car pool facility too 18-12-2013 11:23 PM

    Thiruvananthapuram: The recently introduced 24x7 taxi service owned and operated by women entrepreneurs for female travellers, called 'She-Taxi', is to add a new facility, car pooling, a state government official said on Wednesday. The 'She-Taxis' were launched last month in the Kerala capital, and ferries only women passengers. The vehicles...
  • Why Farooq Abdullah owes a real apology to women and not a petulant outburst 06-12-2013 12:00 PM

    This is how the story unfolded. Union New and Renewable Energy Minister Farooq Abdullah was asked to comment on former Supreme Court judge AK Ganguly's sexual harassment case. His response was nothing short of flippant. "I'm scared to talk to a woman these days. I don't even want to keep...
  • NGO demands for 'Ministry of Men's Welfare' 17-11-2013 05:25 PM

    With a large number of men falling victim to "gender-biased laws", an organisation fighting for "male rights" demanded on Sunday that a "Ministry of Men's Welfare" be set up to look into long neglected issues that affect them. Quoting National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, men's rights organisation Hridaya said...
  • Rising Girl: A film to increase public dialogue on gender 01-11-2013 06:05 PM

    New Delhi: US ambassador Nancy J. Powell has announced a project, 'Girl Rising Country Partnership', which will increase public dialogue on gender and education around the world using the medium of a film. Under this project by the US Agency for International Development's (USAID), the film, 'Rising Girl' will be...
  • SC panel to probe sexual harassment complaints on premises 20-10-2013 10:23 PM

    The Supreme Court has set up a committee to look into complaints of sexual harassment within its precincts. The decks were cleared for the formation of the Gender Sensitisation and Internal Complaints Committee after the government issued the relevant notification, enforcing Gender Sensitisation and Sexual Harassment of Women at the...
  • Powerful UN Women ads use Google search to highlight worldwide sexism 19-10-2013 02:01 PM

    In a series of advertisements for UN Women, the United Nations' entity for gender equality and women's empowerment, Ogilvy & Mather uses Google's suggest/autocomplete feature to show how gender inequality is a worldwide problem. Each ad has the face of a woman of different ethnicity and over her lips appears...
  • TN: Worker arrested for sexually torturing 10-year old girl 04-10-2013 08:45 AM

    Coimbatore: A construction worker was arrested today on charges of sexually 'torturing and harassing' a 10-year-old daughter of his female colleague for the last two years. Vijayakumar of Erode and working in Periyanaickenpalayam on the city outskirts, was allegedly having illicit affairs with a female worker for the last six...
  • Kerala govt seeks explanation from organisers on national anthem row 13-09-2013 03:22 PM

    Embarrassed by the inept compering and mistakes in rendering the national anthem at a function attended by Vice-President Hamid Ansari in the city this week, the Kerala Government has sought explanation from the organisers of the event. The Genderal Administration Department has sought an explanation from Sree Narayana Dharma Samithi,...
  • Freedom from gender: Imagining equality for men and women in India 26-08-2013 01:10 PM

    The idea that we are equal stops at the ground beneath our feet. The soil of India, the land of Bharat, is owned chiefly by men. According to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO), women account for only 9.5 per cent of land-holders. Their figures drew on...
  • Mumbai gangrape: 'Education, strong law needed' 24-08-2013 06:24 PM

    The gangrape of a young photojournalist in Mumbai triggered an outrage across the country. Teachers in Kolkata said there was need for gender sensitivity and for this purpose it was necessary to have a strong law in the country. ...
  • Delhi Police short of 2,500 lady officers 14-06-2013 09:52 AM

    New Delhi: Against the backdrop of rising crimes against women, some startling facts have emerged. There's a shortfall of 2,500 lady officers in the Delhi Police. With less than ideal working conditions, even serving women officers are struggling to make a difference. "I leave every morning at 8. I never...
  • Satish Singh conducts classes to break conventional gender barriers 12-06-2013 09:31 AM

    New Delhi: An organisation called Forum to Engage Men conducts gender sensitization classes across rural India. Harish is a changed man today. For him, the phrase "man of the house" means something altogether different now. Not only does he help his wife with all chores around the house, he does...
  • Transsexual woman wins legal battle to marry boyfriend 13-05-2013 04:00 PM

    Hong Kong: A transsexual woman won an appeal in a Hong Kong court on Monday to marry her boyfriend, forcing the government to rewrite marriage laws in the city. The Court of Final Appeal, by a majority of four to one, ruled that the appellant, identified only as W, was...
  • Chhattisgarh: Ravina Biraha fights for transgenders 30-04-2013 10:09 AM

    Raipur: Ravina Biraha is a transgender who refused to live on the fringes and is fighting for dignity for her community. The taunts, the jeers and the humiliation, Biraha has experienced it all. But she prefers to define herself as the third gender. "People still believe that there are only...
  • 'Tomboy' deals with gender identity without drama and confusion 30-03-2013 02:24 PM

    'Tomboy' is an intimate French drama about a little girl who would rather be a little boy. ...