The MJ Akbar case shows women need men to embrace #MeToo for it to have any real impact

by Rashmee

Posted on November 7, 2018 / The National


There has been a lot of activity around India’s #MeToo movement of late and depending on where you stand, it’s either too much or too little. But one thing is clear: Indian women, like those elsewhere, cannot always rely on the sisterhood and presume its members will stand solidly alongside them in the trenches for … Continue reading “The MJ Akbar case shows women need men to embrace #MeToo for it to have any real impact”

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The #MeTooIndia movement is the starting post in a country where men are often given a pass for their behaviour

by Rashmee

Posted on October 24, 2018 / The National


To all appearances, India’s #MeToo movement is well on its way. It has its own hashtag, #MeTooIndia. And it has claimed its first high-profile scalp: junior foreign minister MJ Akbar, who resigned after he was accused by more than 20 women of sexual harassment under his previous role as newspaper editor. The women allege that … Continue reading “The #MeTooIndia movement is the starting post in a country where men are often given a pass for their behaviour”

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Will the Weinstein effect go global?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 28, 2017 / The National


Almost every day of every week now, some man somewhere in the world — from Hollywood to Bollywood, Florida to France — is accused of sexual harassment or assault. Many of the accused are famous and very important people, others are not. Some of the alleged misbehaviour constitutes serious crimes. But often enough it is relatively minor and from … Continue reading “Will the Weinstein effect go global?”

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Delhi is due a crash course in gender awareness. Girls, some common sense

by Rashmee

Posted on January 3, 2015


Open magazine has an interesting piece on just how hard it is to be a woman in Delhi. A professional woman, with perhps a few friends, and the odd invitation to meet them somewhere of an evening. To see a film. To have a lively conversation. A coffee. A meal. It’s okay if you have … Continue reading “Delhi is due a crash course in gender awareness. Girls, some common sense”

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The Nordic sorority: The best places in the world to be born a woman

by Rashmee

Posted on March 9, 2014


Never mind the cold dark winter months, the sun never really sets for women in Iceland and its Nordic neighbours Finland, Norway and Sweden. On Saturday, International Women’s Day, the BBC offered up a rather good map of where in the world was it best to be born a woman. That would be Iceland (in … Continue reading “The Nordic sorority: The best places in the world to be born a woman”

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Holy halal cow! There’s a sin-free sex industry just the way God intended?

by Rashmee

Posted on October 28, 2013


Turkey’s first online sex shop for Muslims (and presumably anyone else who’s willing or minded to buy) has everyone getting excited about “halal” enterprises selling products that couldn’t reasonably be expected to figure as sin-free in any religious discussion, Hindu, Christian, Buddhist or anything else. But then there’s the “Christian sex” industry, described in May 2012 by … Continue reading “Holy halal cow! There’s a sin-free sex industry just the way God intended?”

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Rape is women’s fault: Peeling back layers of the Indian Onion

by Rashmee

Posted on September 21, 2013


A short video satire on India’s customary tendency to blame women for ‘provoking’ rape and sexual harassment is really rather good value. With understated humour, subtle irony and biting sarcasm, the video lays into the many reasons Indian women are routinely blamed for sexual violence – wearing a skirt; baring your arms, showing cleavage, anything … Continue reading “Rape is women’s fault: Peeling back layers of the Indian Onion”

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The case for a matrilineal society? Papua New Guinea’s 60% rape rate

by Rashmee

Posted on September 13, 2013


“How Does a Country Develop a 60 Percent Rape Rate?” Katelyn Fossett asks in a blog on Foreign Policy. How indeed? She’s referring to the “shocking” findings of a study on sexual assault in Asia, published in the Lancet Global Health journal on September 10. The study, which is part of a wider United Nations campaign to track and study … Continue reading “The case for a matrilineal society? Papua New Guinea’s 60% rape rate”

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Batwoman? Is the female vigilante a good response to rotten system?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 4, 2013


Some call it the Batman syndrome. The urge to redress a wrong, even if it means taking the law into your own hands. Consider the extraordinary (but unverified) story about the alleged female scourge of all bus drivers in the northern Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez. Apparently the Mexican police are trying to find out if two drivers … Continue reading “Batwoman? Is the female vigilante a good response to rotten system?”

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#IndianWomen: Rage at rape & silent protests look rather good on TV

by Rashmee

Posted on August 23, 2013


Eight months after the gangrape of ‘Nirbhaya’ (as my old employer The Times of India named her), and has anything changed? Yes, public outrage has become more of a habit. Right now, the middle class in India is working itself into a fair rage all over again. Actually, I should rephrase that. The media is … Continue reading “#IndianWomen: Rage at rape & silent protests look rather good on TV”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK