Speaking Of Salaam.

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The World Before Her

This documentary is a tale of two Indias. In one, Ruhi Singh is a small-town girl competing in Bombay to win the Miss India pageant—a ticket to stardom in a country wild about beauty contests. In the other India, Prachi Trivedi is the young, militant leader of a fundamentalist Hindu camp for girls, where she preaches violent resistance to Western culture, Christianity and Islam. Moving between the transformative action at both camps and the characters’ private lives, The World Before Her creates a lively, provocative portrait of the world’s largest democracy at a critical transitional moment. These young women may represent opposing extremes but in their hearts they share a common dream: to help shape the future of India as she meets the world before her. 

(via fuckyeahsouthasia)

conflictingheart:

Apparently, people who hate on interracial and same-sex families still exist. When they unleashed their bile on a Honey Maid ad celebrating modern families, the company came up with this enormously heartening response. 

searchingforknowledge:

Fifteen rape victims have formed martial arts movement and are prepared to confront abusers if no one listens to their complaints…
A GROUP of women are fighting back against the sickening culture of rape which they say infects India. Fifteen determined females – all victims themselves – have trained in martial arts and are prepared to hand out rough justice if no one listens to their complaints. And the movement, called the Red Brigade, is growing rapidly following the gang rape and murder of medical student Jyoti Singh Pandey that horrified the world.
In a nation where a woman is reportedly raped every 20 minutes, the group’s leader Usha Vishwakarma said: “We are fighting back – and the boot is now on the other foot.” Member Sufia Hashmi, 17, said: “We’ve caught a lot of men recently. I joined because men always used to pass comments on me and touch my body but now we beat them and they run.”
Like the other members in the northern city of Lucknow, 25- year-old Usha has first-hand experience of the daily dangers women face in the huge nation – a teacher tried to rape her when she was 18. She said: “He grabbed me and tried to open my trousers. I kicked him in the crotch and ran.” Usha complained to staff but they told her to forget it and allowed her attacker to carry on teaching. She said: “Many parents tell girls to quit school so there will be no sexual violence. But we said no – this has to stop. We decided to form a group to fight for ourselves, not just complain.”MORE

(via fuckyeahsouthasia)

caribbeancivilisation:

diasporadash

Sayuri Guzmán [Dominican]

Trenzados

2009

The hair of eight Dominican women and eight Haitian women was woven together until they were joined by a single braid. 

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kanyebreast:

givingyoulife:

HANNN

WELP

Did she stutter?

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united-nations:

22 March is World Water Day!

Saving water saves energy; saving energy saves water — and both are crucial for reducing poverty.

Find out what you can do to promote sustainable water and energy here.

snarkbender:

nevver:

Protestors in Turkey redo the Ellen Selfie inside a police van

taking a selfie

in a police van

after you’ve been arrested

at a protest

#PunkerThanThou

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pulitzercenter:

SWEATSHOP SALVATION

The women and girls who work in the sweatshops of Bangladesh’s garment industry put in backbreaking hours for pitiful wages. Few here in the West pay much attention to their plight until there is a headline-grabbing catastrophe like the Rana Plaza factory collapse,…

mercycorps:

Today on International Women’s Day we’re honoring the brave women who fight hunger, poverty, violence and oppression every day to build better lives for themselves and their families. Their strength inspires our work and proves that change is possible. 

Join us. Read and share one of their powerful stories.

amnestymidwest:

There is global epidemic of violence against women happening right now in every corner of the globe. One out of every three women will be physically, sexually or otherwise abused during her lifetime, devastating the lives of millions of women and girls worldwide every year. On International Women’s Day, join Amnesty International and stand with women everywhere in demanding an end to gender-based violence worldwide. Everyone has the right to live free from violence and everyone has a role to play in preventing it, tell your Representatives in Congress to do their part by supporting the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA). Let’s make the one-in-three become none-in-three! Take action today: www.aiusa.org/act4IVAWA

policymic:

Gender stereotypes are limiting our sons and our daughters

Patriarchal notions of manhood don’t just harm women, they hurt men. Toxic definitions of masculinity lead to well-documented problems like high rates of gun violence, suicide and sexual violence. That’s why organizations like the Representation Project are committed to advancing the discussion about how gender limits the freedoms of both women and men. They recognize that society’s gender ideals aren’t only damaging for women; they’re universally harmful.

Their latest video examines how stereotypes constrain all people from the moment they are born.

Watch the full video | Follow policymic

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unicefuk:

UNICEF worker Abduljabar prepares oral rehydration salts for four year old Ahmed. Ahmed lives with his brother and parents in a small room amongst five other families in the Domiz refugee camp in Northern Iraq.