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Nigeria Bans Female Genital Mutilation, But What’s Next?

Early May, outgoing Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan banned female genital mutilation (FGM) as one of his final acts as the leader of Nigeria. This new ban will hopefully reduce the number of cases of infertility, loss of sexual pleasure, and a variety of other health complications related to the practice. The ban also prohibits men from abandoning their spouses and ...

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Veteran Voices: Detailing Indian Women’s Struggles

[By Deepti Priya Mehrotra] Delhi (WFS) – Primla Loomba, 91, of the National Foundation of Indian Women (NFIW), reminisced, “When various women’s groups came together in the 1980s anti-dowry movement, it was difficult because there was a lot of distrust of each other. Yet, once we got together, despite our suspicions we began to build up trust and friendship, share ...

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9 Things to Remember About Coming Out as LGBTQIA+

“I think there are some really important discussions to have about why disclosing aspects of personal identity can be challenging but important for all kinds of people, why the concept of “coming out” has appealed at times to a wide variety of groups (including people who are poly or kinky, sex workers, people with HIV, atheists, and people with mental ...

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Renewing The Call To Recall The Verdict On Homosexuality

[By Lavanya Regunathan Fischer|Devadatt Kamat]  Delhi (WFS) – Seeking: 25-40, well-placed, animal-loving, vegetarian GROOM for my SON (36, 5’11”), who works with an NGO. Caste no bar (Though Iyer Preferred)… One glance at this matrimonial that appeared recently in a prominent Mumbai daily and the first thoughts: ‘this must be a misprint; seeking a groom for a son, can that ...

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Pads Against Patriarchy: Students Speak Up Against Sexism

[By Dipanjana Dey] Kolkata (Women’s Feature Service) – Sanchita Dey, 17, lives in a settlement in the vicinity of the Netaji Subhas Chandra International Airport in Kolkata and goes to the Dum Dum Baidyanath High Secondary School nearby where the Class 12 student is gaining a decent education.But for all her prospects of a bright future, what Dey’s schooling has ...

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Siddharth Haobijam bags prestigious Laadli award for photo feature published on Point Blank 7

Siddharth Haobijam’s photo feature ‘Bishesh Glam –  A world within a world’, published on Point Blank 7 in 2014, has won him the prestigious Laadli Media and Advertising Awards for Gender Sensitivity 2013-14 under the Best Photo feature category in the Eastern region. He was presented the award at a function in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday 10 March, 2015. Instituted by Mumbai-based Population First and ...

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Powerless Women in Power?

|By Naomi Wolf| NEW YORK – Are women political leaders finally coming into their own? Are they not only winning more elections, but also finally able to campaign and govern with no more – or less – scrutiny, scandal, and mockery than their males peers? In the United States, Hillary Clinton is preparing for her second run for the presidency, ...

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Consent-themed underwear here to fight objectification

|By Sanjay Pandey| Underwear with slogans may seem cute, fun and flirty but with the right slogans, they can be used as a tool to fight against the culture of rape and unfair objectification of the fairer sex. Meet Amulya Sanagavarapu, a 22-year-old Canadian-Indian who aims to change people’s perception of sex through her new line of consent-themed underwear.

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India’s First Female Surfer: Taming The Tides

|By Sanjay Pandey| India is a country of 1.2 billion people and one that boasts of a 7,000 km of coastline, but ironically enough its beaches largely wear a deserted-look. But thanks to a motley group of native surfers, the country’s beach culture is changing for the good. A surf board is no more an alien thing on the palm-fringed beaches of India. Seven years ago ...

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Hope for High-Tech Mothers

|By Naomi Wolf| NEW YORK – Have two highly skilled women – with four babies and toddlers between them – finally found a way to achieve an ideal work-family balance? It looks as if PowerToFly, a new startup launched to place women around the world in tech jobs with flexible hours and the ability to work remotely, has done just that. The ...

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