Immunity and impunity in peace keeping: the protection gap

The writer feels that the failure to tackle the root cause for the continued violence against women lies in a failure to embrace the root cause of it which lies in how gender plays out in conflict and post conflict environment/situations and a general tendency in institutions working wicth such situations to “replicate the conduct of violence and discrimination” instead of protecting against or redressing violence.

She further says, “How this happens is a matter of the gendered constructs of masculinities,- always exacerbated when there is militarism and war, -and the absence of any sort of institutional response to prevent or address it. What is interesting is that those who perpetrate acts of sexual violence in the context of trafficking, are a minority numerically. Which means that the silence of the majority has to be understood and addressed: why are they silent, what needs to be done to end that silence and how do we get them to be part of the solution?”

Read more at:

http://www.opendemocracy.net/5050/madeleine-rees/immunity-and-impunity-in-peace-keeping-protection-gap

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Boardroom quota for women in Germany likely by 2016

A path to gender equity also means that men have to give up some of the spaces that it have occupied in decision making processes in general for the country, family or an institution etc. With Germany as the latest entry into the list of countries who have adopted boardroom quotas for women, one wonders when would India make it into the list.

Read more at:

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-international/boardroom-quota-for-women-in-germany-likely-by-2016/article5370278.ece

A related article on THE WEEK magazine.

http://theweek.com/article/index/253234/should-the-us-consider-gender-boardroom-quotas

India Fights Gender Discrimination with All-Women Bank.

A way to obtaining an equal participation of women in male dominant public sphere is to provide platforms with limited access to women only in its administration and operation. BMB – Bharatiya Mahila Bank, will focus only on funding women and women’s self help group though there is no restriction upon deposits made by men. “The Bank’s main objective is to empower and educate women financially,” Usha Ananthasubramanian, chairperson of the bank. However, it is still left to be seen whether such a noble step will be able to function outside the larger pattern of bureaucracy qand curruption within the state mechanisms. Also the response of the men awaits to be observed as women’s autonomy over the economic relations in which they are embedded also means that the men in their life have to let go of their priviledges.
Read more at:
http://thediplomat.com/2013/11/india-fights-gender-discrimination-with-all-women-bank/

The role of men during # 16Days of activism.

Following an outrageous tweet  by a South African blogger, Sentletse Diakanyo on the first day of 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence in South Africa calling abortion as ‘murder’ and the women who goes for abortion as murderer’s, the blogger’s (Trigger Warning) attempt to “ respond to this bigotry without giving so much meaning to the patriarchal garbage spewed by Diakanyo” leads him to ponder and explore the role of men living in a violently patriarchal country. 

Read more at:

http://www.thoughtleader.co.za/gcobaniqambela/2013/11/27/the-role-of-men-during-16days-2/

Immunity and impunity in peace keeping: the protection gap

The writer feels that the failure to tackle the root cause for the continued violence against women lies in a failure to embrace the root cause of it – which lies in how gender plays out in conflict and post conflict environment/situations and a general tendency in institutions working wicth such situations to “replicate the conduct of violence and discrimination” instead of protecting against or redressing violence.

She further says, “How this happens is a matter of the gendered constructs of masculinities, – always exacerbated when there is militarism and war, -and the absence of any sort of institutional response to prevent or address it. What is interesting is that those who perpetrate acts of sexual violence in the context of trafficking, are a minority numerically. Which means that the silence of the majority has to be understood and addressed: why are they silent, what needs to be done to end that silence and how do we get them to be part of the solution?”

Read more at:

http://www.opendemocracy.net/5050/madeleine-rees/immunity-and-impunity-in-peace-keeping-protection-gap

बापांचि शाळा मेरे लिए एक नया दौर साबित हुआ

बापांचि शाळा मेरे लिए एक नया दौर साबित हुआ. मुझे लग रहा था के जेण्डर के बारे में मै सब कुछ जानता हूं, अब और क्या जानना बाकि है ? लेकिन हर दिन मुझे नई जानकारि मिलते रहि, दिमाग खुलते गया और तिन दिनों के बाद पुरा असर और दमदार  गहरा रहा.बात कुछ यूं हुई के नाकि नऊ बच्चोंके साथ कुछ नोक झोंक हुई और मै गुस्सेमे बात छोड कर चलने लगा. बाप और पिता होनेके नाते मै सबका न्याय करने वाला और दण्ड देनेवाला. मेरा न्याय कौन करेगा बिलकूल यहि बात दुसरे दिन कि कर्यशाला में हुई थि. मुझे लगातार खुदको परखना बदलना पडा, नया रास्ता ढूंडना पडा.उस नये रास्तेके सुराग मुझे खेड शिवापूर कि चर्चामें मिले.

 एक तरफ मै सामाजिक अभियान कि बात कर रहा था और दुसरि तरफ मै अपना काम अकेले में करनेकि नाकाम कोशिश करा रहा था.मसलन मुझे लगातार आपसे जोडकर लेनदेन करनि पडेगि. जो मुझे पहला पाठ दिया था, जेण्डर एक लगातार चलनेवालि प्रक्रिया है, ऊसेहि भुलकर मै कैसे आगे बढ सकता हूं.मैने जो नोटस् लिए वह काम आ रहे है. अगलि बार ऊनमें कुछ और जोडना चाहूंगा. नाकि नऊ प्रयोगमें नइ दृश्टि मिलि है.
 मै पहलि बार आपको हिन्दि में लिख रहा हूं, आशा है आप समझ रहे हो. आपके जवाब का इन्तजार है. शुभकामनाओं सहित,
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