Gender


A pregnant British-Asian teenager has been found knifed to death in her Manchester home in what witnesses are saying is a clear case of an “honour killing”. According to The Sun, Sana Ali, 17, was found with stab wounds to her chest and stomach after a frenzied attack in her bedroom.

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“The grassroots people of Nepal, and especially rural women, are extremely aware of their rights and it will be almost impossible to ignore them in coming years.” These were the words of Shahrzad Arshadi, a Canadian filmmaker who is making a movie on the social status of Nepalese women. She was speaking on an interaction program “The Dreams and Realities of New Nepal” organized by South Asia Research and Resource Centre based in Montreal on April 29, 2006.

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In India, people are divided and known according to the castes they belong to. Caste is ancient system of social stratification followed by Hindus for centuries and still intact in its premitive form. On this episode’s show, we feature a documentary about India’s Caste System and a recording of a discussion at the South Asian Women’s Centre in Montreal reflecting on violence.

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VANCOUVER — Kara Gakhal flashed back to 1996 every time she heard of an Indo-Canadian woman being slain last fall in British Columbia. That’s when her cousin Rajwar and eight other members of her family were killed by Rajwar’s ex-husband in Vernon. He then committed suicide. The spate of attacks inspired a rally last night in the heart of Vancouver’s Punjabi market, which also honoured the memory of Ms. Gakhal’s family and put a public face on the issue of domestic violence in the South Asian community.

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A murder and manhunt originating in Ahwatukee Foothills captured global headlines this week and stirred concern about domestic violence among Indian couples. The Ahwatukee slaying is the latest in a string of cases in which Indo-Canadian men have been charged with the murder of their wives, the Vancouver Sun reported this week.

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It was March 8th but it wasn’t just about the day. It was about what we have to fight for, through the year: our right to occupy public spaces without being being molested, abused, threatened, humiliated, harassed. And occupy it, we did. In the most visible way possible, on one of the busiest streets in Delhi, at ITO, volunteers from Jagori and Blank Noise stood in a line right next to two traffic signals, forming ‘Y R U LOOKING AT ME?’ in English and ‘KYA DEKH RAHE HO’, in Hindi (using Devnagari script this time).

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Communities, Resistance, and the Story of Desh Pardesh

Desh Pardesh was a Toronto-based arts festival that strove to bring forward the voices of those who are most silenced inside the South Asian community and society at large: gays, lesbians, bisexuals and trans-gendered people. In putting together this case study the author draws on mainstream and ‘alternative’ print media sources, post-colonial theory, her own experience and solicited observations from individuals closely involved with Desh Pardesh throughout its 13-year existence.

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