TYPF has been working with PMNCH to develop the India specific "Advocating for Change for Adolescents" Toolkit. The toolkit, developed for and by young people, builds the capacities of adolescents and young people to be champions and strong advocates for adolescent health and wellbeing.
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.
"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.
The International Planned Parenthood Federation is an important body that protects the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women, young girls and adolescents - and it was born right here in India in the 1950s.
Shannon writes about the watershed moment that was the mass mobilisation around rape laws, in the wake of horrific instances of violence in the 1970s, and the resultant emergence of autonomous women's collectives.
A myth is a widely held but false idea or belief. Abortion myths hurt women and often obscure important facts related to abortion. They further lead to deepening the stigma around abortion. This unscientific and deceptive misinformation greatly deters provision of and access to safe and legal abortion services.