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May 21, 2020

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Guns Do Kill, Wound and Maim

In the violence that took place in Delhi in February 2020, it was striking that so many civilians seemed to have easy access to guns. How many of these guns were licensed, and where were people acquiring them? Was there no supervision or re...

May 18, 2020

May 16th is observed as the International Day of Living Together in Peace.  The more I focus on the words living together in peace, the more  I ponder what it  has come to mean for those of us living in India, especially in its capital city. While “social distancing” m...

May 18, 2020

In conversations about safety, we assume that all the dangers that women face lie beyond the threshold of the home. It may be a legacy of the Ramayana - Sita was safe till she crossed the Lakshman Rekha, after all.

But, at the best of times, this is an illusion: The 201...

April 16, 2020

Women in Pakistan are rising to demand human rights in ever-greater numbers. Aurat March 2020 was a testament to the fact that the women's movement in Pakistan is gaining momentum.  For women’s rights activists, being part of a large mass of people chanting slogans aga...

October 7, 2019

This drawing was done during the first session of WPS2. The participants of the course were asked to draw their idea of women in war and conflict on a piece of paper. This wonderful drawing was done by Swati Dey from India which explains clearly a woman's longing for r...

Militarization is the process by which a society organizes itself for military conflict and violence and accepts violence as a viable way of resolving conflict. It is related to militarism, which is an ideology that reflects the level of militarization of a state. Sinc...

October 5, 2019

I still remember the first pair of boots I got was plastic made. During childhood back in my village, these shoes were not less than a blessing. I almost showed to everyone how beautiful my shoes are. This society was very near to the State of Nature where everyone was...

November 26, 2018

In patriarchal societies and traditionalist cultures, where men have power over women and play the dominating role in society, women are burdened with maintaining and protecting the family’s honor. . In such cultures, virginity is of particular importance and its exist...