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Shivani Ekkanath

Shivani is currently an undergraduate political science student who is passionate about human rights and social issues, particularly women's rights and intersectionality. When she is not viciously typing her next article or blog post, she likes to binge-watch political dramas and movies, hang with friends, listen to obscure music, read, and occasionally even write vague poetry.

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In Light Of The Hathras Case, 5 Major Demands DBAV Womxn Have Against Caste-Based Violence In UP

Following the harrowing Hathras rape case, a group of DBAV womxn have filed an IA against caste-based violence in UP. This is what it means.

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Report Of The Death Of A Couple In MP Is Proof We’re Still Not Ready To Accept Transpeople As They Are

In spite of the progress that we continue to make about gender and our efforts to look past the narrow binary, why is misgendering still a big issue?

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Despite The Cringeworthy Entertainment It Provided, Why Did We Binge-Watch Indian Matchmaking?

Indian Matchmaking gained massive popularity after its release in July. But apart from its entertainment value, why are we attracted to shows like these? 

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Rape And Murder Of UP Girl As ‘Punishment’ Shows The Horrific Ways Women Are Controlled

The rape and murder of a minor girl in UP under the guise of 'punishment' proves again, how we live in a regressive society that barely respects women.

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Slut Shaming To Body Shaming, Why Do Women Still Suffer The Burden Of Shame?

Shame is an emotion we are never able to fully understand or come to terms with since we have constantly been told to accept or even submit to it. 

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Be A Little Dramatic And Fun During The Lockdown And Change Your Hair Colour At Home!

During the lockdown, changing your hair colour at home can be a totally dramatic move to make! It's cheaper than salons and quite easy and fun too! 

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui Dismisses The #MeToo Movement, Makes It Seem Like A Case Of Sour Grapes

Yet another person to trivialise and silence the #MeToo movement is Nawazuddin Siddiqui. His statements made me wonder, how entrenched is this behaviour?

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Kerala CM’s Daughter Veena, Owes Us No Answers On Why And Whom She’s Marrying!

The reactions to Kerala Chief Minister's daughter's wedding announcement only makes one wonder if we've failed to recognise a woman's freedom of choice.

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As A 20 yo, Here’s Why Jameela Jamil’s Podcast ‘I Weigh’ Was An Eye-Opener For Me

Jameela Jamil's recent podcast and ''I Weigh'' movement truly re-defines the current discourse on body positivity, shame and mental health.

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The Treatment Of Female Activists Reveals Society’s Fear Of ‘Angry, Crazy Women’

The arrests of activists Safoora Zargar, Devangana Kalita and Natasha Narwal reveal a stark insight into how society views women who dare to take to the streets.

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Trailer Of Sushmita Sen’s Comeback Series ‘Aarya’ Promises A Thrill To Fans!

In the doom and gloom of COVID-19 and the lockdown, Sushmita Sen's comeback thriller series releasing this month is creating quite the buzz!

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When Bollywood Stars Stand Up For Black Lives, While Issues At Home Get Missed…

Many Bollywood celebrities spoke up against the killing of George Floyd in the US. However, why are they reluctant to take on social causes within India?

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UP Man Puts Wife’s ‘Honour’ On ‘Sale’ Because Women Are Mere Sexual Commodities, Aren’t They?

Man decided to put his wife's 'honour for sale' on social media, asked people to call her for 'sexual favours.' Just how entitled and vile can humans be?

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8 Women Instagram Artists Whose Wholesome Content Will Definitely Make You Smile!

Today, social media is full of negativity and anger. However, these eight female Instagram artists, come as a ray of hope and wholesome content!

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Sameeksha Sud’s Video On Marital Rape Is Shamefully Distorted To Attack Her

Sameeksha Sud’s TikTok video on marital rape recently came under fire, when it was tampered to promote violence against women. This is a sad reflection on how social media can work to attack women.

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Mumbai Cop Sandhya Shilavant Deserves Praise For Cremating The Dead Even In COVID-19 Times

As the COVID-19 cases rise, each day, a female police officer from Mumbai, Sandhya Shilavant with her dedication, gives us a ray of hope to hold on to!

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An Apology From Faizal Siddiqui Does NOT Dilute The Fact That Acid Attacks Are Still A Grim Reality In Our Country

TikTok influencer Faizal Siddiqui may have issued an apology for his video that seemingly promoted acid attacks but does that help against glorification?

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Why The Media’s Referring To Our FinMin As Just ‘Nirmala’ Is Problematic

Does referring to powerful women by their first or full names give a sense of familiarity and deserving less respect? Is it a manifestation of deep-rooted patriarchy?

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5 Women Tell Us What It Is Like To Be In A ‘Long-Distance Relationship’ With Their Moms

Spending Mother's Day away from home during a pandemic seems a lot, doesn't it? These people tell us about their 'long-distance' with their moms.

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Adele May Have Won At Least 9 Grammy Awards But We Still Judge Her For Her Weight!

Amidst a pandemic, a picture posted by British singer Adele sent fans into a major frenzy. Her 'new look' makes you wonder if that's all she's worth?

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Even Today, Mothers In Indian Ads Will Happily Cook Five-Course Meals Without Help From Anyone!

Indian ads may seem to be evolving, they still sticks on to some stereotypes towards women. Though ads makers are trying to change, we are far from change.

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It Is Not ‘Bonding With The Boys’ If You Objectify And Plan To Rape Women!

When we look past seemingly harmless and normalised teenage toxic masculinity, we do more than dismiss it. We cause more harm by being silent bystanders. 

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Netflix Series ‘Never Have I Ever’ Makes Me Wonder If Every Teen Girl’s Wishes Are Truly Universal!

Mindy Kaling's latest show Never Have I Ever does prove to be a game-changer in some ways. But still adheres to some common Indian stereotypes and jokes.

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Rashami Desai And Arhaan Khan’s Scuffle Makes You Question The Reality Of Reality TV ‘Love’

There’s always another side when it comes to dazzling lives of reality TV show stars and couples today. What lies underneath the riches, glam and power?

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2 Doctors Share How They’re Working Through The Pandemic, Despite Their Own Fears

As the COVID-19 crisis rises each day, healthcare workers continue reporting to duty setting aside personal fears. Two doctors share their experience.

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Asmita Sarkar’s New Initiative Hopes To Give Little Girls More Hopes To Achieve Their Scientific Dreams

Asmita Sarkar's Twitter callout about Women In Science WikiProject was an intriguing one. Here's what she says about women scientists needing representation.

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Quarantined In Spain, Actor Shriya Saran Highlights The Mental Impact Of Isolation

Actress Shriya Saran's coping mechanisms during quarantine in Spain make you wonder about the mental health crisis we may be facing during this pandemic.

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Our Humanity Ignores Sex Workers Under The Lockdown With Zero Income

With the extension of the lockdown, sex workers stand to face the worst of the situation. During a lockdown like this, their plight just worsens as they lose their source of income.

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6 Quotes By Dr. B.R. Ambedkar On Feminism & Equality To Remind Us To Continue Our Fight

On Dr. B.R. Ambedkar's birth anniversary it is important to remember him for his fight for the Dalits and feminism. Here are 6 quotes to remember him by.

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4 Books By Women On Jallianwala Bagh That You Should Read On Its 101st Anniversary

On the 101st anniversary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, one of the worst tragedies India has seen, here are four books by women everyone needs to read.

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5 Things We Would Like The Government To Do, To Make The Lockdown Easier On Vulnerable People

With talk of the entire nation going into another lockdown to fight the pandemic, here are 5 things we wish the govt. would take into consideration.

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Can Indian Teens Ever Be Honest With Their Parents About Sex & Relationships?

Having the relationship talk with parents, especially in India is a tough one to have. Are things changing, albeit slowly? Here's what teens feel about it.

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Seema Kushwaha Fought All Odds To Become The Woman Who Got Nirbhaya The Justice She Deserved

What drives Seema Kushwaha, the lawyer who fought to bring justice to Jyoti Singh Pandey's family? Here's her inspiring story. 

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I Found 20 Of The Funniest And Shareable COVID-19 Lockdown Memes On The Internet!

Lockdown times mean a lot of boredom and time on your hands. When you aren't studying or working, here are some shareable and super funny memes!

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Isolation In The Times Of COVID-19: What You Can Do To Keep Yourself Sane

Social distancing is helping us prevent the rise of COVID-19 right now. Yet with so many of us away from families, how do we deal with the feeling isolated?

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Meet Minal Dakhave Bhosale The Woman Behind India’s 1st Coronavirus Testing Kit

Thanks to Minal Dakhave Bhosale's efforts, India now has its first successful coronavirus testing kit. In the current situation, this is a ray of hope.

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Dia Mirza Says She Was Told She’s ‘Too Pretty To Be A Model’ Umm… What?!

Thanks to weird beauty standards, Dia Mirza was told was told she was ‘too short’, 'too pretty', 'too fair' to be a model - she recently shared. 

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Is Nirmala Sitharaman’s COVID 19 Response The Economic Solution To Women’s Financial Problems?

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a slew of socio-economic reforms amidst the current lockdown. But what economic benefits does it offer women?

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