Gender

  • Indian films high on pervasive stereotyping and sexualisation of women: UN report 1 week ago

    United Nations: India tops the chart in showing attractive women in its movies and as much as 35 per cent of these female characters are shown with some nudity, finds a first-ever UN sponsored global study of female characters in popular films across the world. The study, commissioned by the...
  • Committee for grant of third gender status to transgenders formed August 12, 2014

    New Delhi: The government has constituted an interministerial committee to pursue implementation of the recommendations of an Expert Committee, seeking "third gender" status for transgenders, Lok Sabha was informed. Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Sudarshan Bhagat, in...
  • Haryana's gender bias continues with portable ultrasound machines July 20, 2014

    Chandigarh: Haryana has heightened the crackdown against illegal sex determination tests to reverse the negative image caused by its skewed gender ratio. This has meant a strict check on ultrasound machines but the authorities are now grappling with the new menace of handheld ultrasound machines. Health and Food and Drug Administration...
  • 30 Minutes: Story of the 'Third Gender' July 5, 2014

    What if your gender does not confirm to the conventional definition? CNNIBN brings you a report on the ordeal a person of the 'third gender' has to face in everyday life. ...
  • Sexism against men Does it rattle us? June 23, 2014

    New Delhi: As a society we seem to be greatly sensitized towards sexism in taking a stand against it. At least that's what appears from the various debates we see flaring up on mainstream media, social media and other public discussion forums whenever there's a controversial (howsoever true) statement said...
  • Difference between 'stree' and 'istree', 'patni' and 'chutney: Ads by kitchen appliance maker want to shatter gender stereotypes May 19, 2014

    A series of brilliant but short ads by a kitchen appliance maker are almost lost in the deluge of genderbiased product placement on mainstream media. But Havells seems to be doing something right. Social media is abuzz with discussions about the Havells ads that ask users to 'respect women.' Several situations...
  • CJ: Shashi Bhushan hails Supreme Court's judgement on transgenders April 25, 2014

    Noted human rights lawyer, Shashi Bhushan, who has for long been fighting for the cause of LGBT community, welcomes the recent Supreme Court judgement recognizing transgenders as a third gender. ...
  • Why SC's decision to recognise the third gender will change my life, writes transgender TV host and filmmaker Rose Venkatesan April 15, 2014

    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 April 14, 2014

    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 April 7, 2014

    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 March 29, 2014

    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 February 24, 2014

    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 are...
  • CNNIBN journalist wins Laadli award for gender sensitivity February 21, 2014

    New Delhi: CNNIBN's Akansha Pradeep has won the National Laadli Media award for gender sensitivity. She has been awarded for her report on the nowbanned 2 finger test. The report was part of the Citizen Journalist Agenda for Change campaign on CNNIBN. After being awarded in the category of best reporting in...
  • Explained: Facebook's 56 new options for defining the gender of a person February 14, 2014

    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 bodyappearance based polarity. Male and Female have been the only options available for people to identify as belonging to. This is because...
  • Professor Sherawat? Mallika invited to debate at Oxford on gender issues February 11, 2014

    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 February 10, 2014

    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 minutefilm French film Oppressed Majority (Majorit Opprime) by Eleonore Pourriat and starring Pierre Benezit, MarieLorna Vaconsin, Marie Favasuli and Cline Menville is an eyeopener. ...
  • Forum of men's rights organisations set to float a political party February 2, 2014

    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 male...
  • S**t Indian leaders said in 2012 and 2013 on rape, homosexuality, poverty and women's rights December 31, 2013

    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...
  • 'Shetaxis' of Kerala to become car pool facility too December 18, 2013

    Thiruvananthapuram: The recently introduced 24x7 taxi service owned and operated by women entrepreneurs for female travellers, called 'SheTaxi', is to add a new facility, car pooling, a state government official said on Wednesday. The 'SheTaxis' were launched last month in the Kerala capital, and ferries only women passengers. The vehicles are...
  • Why Farooq Abdullah owes a real apology to women and not a petulant outburst December 6, 2013

    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 a...
  • NGO demands for 'Ministry of Men's Welfare' November 17, 2013

    With a large number of men falling victim to "genderbiased 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 a...
  • Rising Girl: A film to increase public dialogue on gender November 1, 2013

    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 screened...
  • SC panel to probe sexual harassment complaints on premises October 20, 2013

    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 Supreme...
  • Powerful UN Women ads use Google search to highlight worldwide sexism October 19, 2013

    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 10year old girl October 4, 2013

    Coimbatore: A construction worker was arrested today on charges of sexually 'torturing and harassing' a 10yearold 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 years,...
  • Kerala govt seeks explanation from organisers on national anthem row September 13, 2013

    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, the...
  • Freedom from gender: Imagining equality for men and women in India August 26, 2013

    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' August 24, 2013

    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 June 14, 2013

    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...
  • Satish Singh conducts classes to break conventional gender barriers June 12, 2013

    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...