The “lad culture” (as seen in men’s magazines like Nuts) has been around for a long time.
Women's rights and Feminism
The idea of “male gaze” flows from a psychoanalytical/philosophical theory brought into wider use by Jacques Lacan, but it is a huge subject and difficult to summarise.
On the evening of 16 December 2012, a young female student on a Delhi bus was gang-raped.
What does it mean to be a feminist heroine in the 21st century?
“Most people would come away shocked at what a moderate [Marx] was … if they read what Marx actually wrote.”
Click here to hear the recording. Joan Smith, former editor of the SWP women’s magazine Women’s Voice, spoke alongside Cathy Nugent from Workers’ Liberty at the AWL London forum on 27 February 2013.
Nepali embassy, 21a Kensington Palace Gardens, W8 4QU
(Our following letter to the Nepali Prime Minister clearly describes our motivation)
To: Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai
Prime Minister’s Office
Singha Durbar, Kathmandu
Subject: Violence against women and Justice
Dear Prime Minister,
We, the Nepalis living in the UK, are deeply distressed by the number of injustices that women of Nepal are facing. Only in the month of November and December 2012, four cases of inhuman torture, rapes and honour killings have come to our notice . In case of Sita Rai, she was a migrant worker returning from the middle east, who was looted and raped by a police man with the assistance of government officials from the Tribhuwan International Airport. In case of Saraswati Subedi, a domestic worker who died under highly suspicious conditions, the police reportedly discouraged family even to register an FIR (First Information Report). Bindu Thakur and Shiwa Hashmi were burnt alive, the charges against the culprits have not been made public.
We are strongly against the inefficiency and in some cases, criminal behaviours of the government officials involved. The cases make us suspicious about the number of unreported crimes and violence against women and the role of the government mechanism in them. Therefore, we hereby fully support the ‘Occupy Baluwatar’ protest and its demands for justice and women’s rights in Nepal. We hope these tragic incidents will serve to rectify the judicial, governmental and social processes and prevent further violence against women.
Nepali Youth Forum (UK)
Facebook event here.
Up to 800 people protested outside the Indian High Commission in London to demand justice for Jyoti Singh Pandey, the victim of a brutal gang rape in Delhi.
ULU, Malet Street, London
What effect with cuts have on women and services? How can we make solidarity with those experiencing domestic abuse in an empowering way? Do socialist feminists have anything different to say?
Indian High Commission, Aldwych, London WC2B 4NA
Organised by Southall Black Sisters
Facebook event here.
We have all been shocked by the recent case of a young woman who was gang raped by a group of six men on a bus in Delhi. When she was taken to hospital, the doctor found that she had severe injuries to her intestines and all over body." that a rod was inserted into her and it was pulled out with so much force that the act brought out her intestines along. That is probably the only thing that explains such severe damage to her intestines." She died a few days ago in a hospital in Singapore.
Shocking as it is, this is only one of many acts of horrific sexual violence that take place everywhere and every day in India. The world’s largest democracy was named the worst country in the G20 countries for violence against women (after Saudi Arabia) in the recent Trust Law/Reuters Survey. This is the heart of darkness in 'India shining'. By drawing worldwide attention to this horror and solidarity for Indian women, we hope to shame the Indian government into acting now by making public spaces safe for women, starting with implementing the laws and bringing the perpetrators to justice.
Southall Black Sisters invites you to stand in solidarity with Indian feminists who are demanding:
1. Increased patrolling and deployment of police, including police women in public places so that such incidents can be prevented, and women’s safety assured; improved infrastructure to make cities safer for women.
2. Fast track courts to deal with rape cases, hearings to be held on a day to day basis, so that sentence can be delivered within a period of 6 months. Police investigation to be conducted in a time bound manner.
3. Standardized investigation procedures to be circulated to all police stations, with action taken against police personnel who do not implement them properly;
4. Increased sensitization, effective investigation and accountability of the police in dealing with heinous crimes against women.
5. Immediate relief, legal and medical assistance, and long term rehabilitation measures to be provided to survivors of rape, without delays and hassles.
SAFE ACCESS TO PUBLIC PLACES IS A RIGHT, NOT A PRIVILEGE FOR WOMEN ALL OVER THE WORLD!
Please bring banners, placards, whistles, songs, slogans and all your friends and let our anger echo from the Indian High Commission all the way to India.
Hope to see you there.
Southall Black Sisters
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