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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From Washington to Bollywood, women are being heard − but are they being listened to?

by Rashmee

Posted on October 3, 2018 / The National


The world is paying close attention to the drama over the confirmation of US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but this is less for reasons of prurience than those of perturbation. Mr Kavanaugh is accused by several women of sexual misconduct while in school and college. One of them testified in the Senate, as did … Continue reading “From Washington to Bollywood, women are being heard − but are they being listened to?”

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