With March being celebrated as ‘Women's History Month’, TYPF highlighted key moments in the history of women’s rights through 3 projects – a collection of essays, an interview series, and a crowd-sourced visual media project. The focus of these projects was women, their challenges, their fight, their history and their present.
TYPF interviews Christina Dhanraj, one of the founders of the Dalit history month collective. She talks about the journey of starting the collective, navigating the identity of being a dalit as well as a dalit woman and all that comes along with it.
Shirin Choudhary, a former fellow at TYPF, writes a piece for Dalit History Month.
"When I made the enquiry... it was unheard of because it was so dangerous; no one was willing to take it up... A lot of people told me not to because it would be dangerous, and all I could think was “So what if it’s dangerous? I have a duty to fulfill. What happens after that, I don’t know”.
The Samvidhan Live- The Jagrik Project is a nationwide initiative that aims to build young people’s awareness of their fundamental rights and duties as citizens of India. The project engaged young people between the ages of 12 and 25 over a 8-week period, to undertake a series of community and self-reflective tasks associated with different fundamental rights and duties.
"Women’s movements have their blind spots, like all of us do, but there has continuously been pressure from within and outside to keep moving in our understanding. It doesn’t come easy to everybody but at the same time I think that if I look around and see other movements, I find that the women’s movements in the articulation of morality has shifted quite a bit..."
"The fact is that the tawaifs as a group have always existed on the margins of patriarchy. ... Though they were not considered quite respectable because of the stigma attached to women being ‘outside’, they were not pariahs either. ... It was a very interesting, fascinating state. But with the coming of colonialism, that delicate balance really shifted. In the pre-1857 period, the Evangelists were very active with this very repressive Victorian morality. Where did the tawaifs fit in? Their presence was appalling because they don’t quite conform to the notion of Victorian morality."
In 2002, commercial surrogacy was legalized in India. Over the next decade, the industry grew tremendously, estimated to be a $2 billion a year business. However, a number of incidents between 2002 and 2015 highlight the absolute disregard for the rights of the surrogate mother and child, the lack of comprehensive laws related to surrogacy, and the exploitation of loopholes within the already existent ones.