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Bitter Truth

Bitter Truth

By: Anonymous In this world, there are many counties where gender discrimination still exists. It is also one of the major issues in this world[1]. Due to this, women have been facing much violence. Studies showed that globally approximately 35% of women report they were […]

The Stigma of Single Motherhood

The Stigma of Single Motherhood

By: Saipriya V In our society being a single mother either a widow or divorced has to live with a huge stigma. “Single Mother”, just a thought about it raises a lot of questions in our society. A sudden death of the spouse or a […]

She Has No Choice?!

She Has No Choice?!

By: Saipriya V

Sterilization  is a common procedure used to terminate fertility . The two most common procedures include tubectomy in women and vasectomy in men.  Though the male sterilization procedure is medically less complicated, globally  2.5 to 4 times women are sterilized than men (1).

In India, since late 1990’s health care system targets women  for the family planning programs (2). For women, especially those who suffer the burden of India’s patriarchal society, and women who live in poverty  the sterilization procedure is the only way to avoid having several children.  The financial incentives given by the government   indirectly forces women  to undergo the sterilization procedures , so that their husbands can get the money.

The health care workers deliberately target women, especially in the rural areas for the mass sterilization camps run by Indian government . Every year these mass sterilization camps take the lives of at least 5 to 10  women (2–4).  This is because most of the camps take place in a school or at the camp site, where there is minimal access to water and sterilized environment. In 2013, 100 women were sterilized in few hours and were ‘abandoned’ unconsciously in the field , because they could not accommodate their numbers. Similarly 2014, 83 women were sterilized by a doctor  in   less than 3 hours  in Chhattisgarh,   where 68 women were treated for septic shock and 11 women died  following the surgery (2–4).

It is shocking to see our women were treated like ‘cattle’ in these sterilization camps. Unequal treatment of women in these societies leaves them vulnerable to violence, mistreatment, physical and emotional harm.

Health care workers were forced to reach sterilization target every year, so they hesitate to educate women, about other birth control options.  Instead, they  encourage them through incentives, often targeting poor and marginalized women. In our society being women and being poor clearly leaves  women  to have no choices over their bodies.

The family planning programs should  be refashioned by focusing more on educating  women about the other birth control options and empower her rights  over her body.



1.        Cullins V. Sterilization: Long-Term Issues. Glob Libr Women’s Med [Internet]. 2008; Available from: http://www.glowm.com/section_view/heading/sterilization:long-termissues/item/404

2.        Bode L De. Why Indian women are victims of sterilization “cattle camps” [Internet]. ALJAZEERA AMERICA. 2014. Available from: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/11/14/women-india-sterilization.html

3.        Chaurasia M. India mass sterilisation: women were “forced” into camps, say relatives. theguardian.

4.        Neha Wadekar. INDIAN WOMEN ARE BEING STERILIZED [Internet]. NewsWorthy. Available from: http://www.nehawadekar.com/the-reality-of-sterilization-in-india-part-i/


Are We Safe?

Are We Safe?

By: Saipriya V Violence against women  is a serious problem in our society. This is not only due to the  patriarchal culture, but also due to the fact that  women are marginalized by our culture and by our society in many number of ways. Violence […]

Do We Need Colour?

Do We Need Colour?

By: Saipriya V A woman who is educated or not, whether she is successful in her career or not, if she is dark skinned then finding a groom will be a huge challenge. Why? The only reason is her skin tone. This is not just […]

World AIDS Day 2013

World AIDS Day 2013

On World AIDS Day, we take the time to reflect upon how far the movement

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Often it may seem that with advances in treatments that HIV/AIDS is a thing of the past, but poverty, gender and cultural norms as well as criminalization laws in Canada all make it crucial that we have these conversations.

According to recent statistics compiled by The GridTO there are approximately 34 million people worldwide living with HIV, of which about 2 million die from AIDS related complications. Over the years, there has been a increase in the number of women living with HIV with this group accounting for a quarter of all new cases in 2011.

It is clear that there the face of the movement is changing, and our response as a community must change accordingly. However, by the same token it is important to celebrate the resilience that our collective communities demonstrate everyday. Recently, we asked community members to share what the South Asian women in their lives meant to them. Below are some of the submissions we received.

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Salmina Pic for World Aids Day Video




On this day, as we take the time to reflect on how things have changed and shifted throughout the years, it is important that we come together as community to continue to fight stigma, discrimination and continue to push for change.

The “Accidental” Bigot

The “Accidental” Bigot

  By: Surita Parmar The “accidental” bigot is educated and informed. His or her social circle is comprised of diverse individuals who represent many ethnicities, and who are members of the LGBT community. “Accidental” bigots are pro-choice, refer to themselves as feminists or supporters of […]

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