gender and media
24 ARTICLES
WHO IS A FARMER?
Women in farming: Everywhere, but unseen

Despite their significant contribution to agriculture in India, women are not given their due recognition as farmers. There are some key steps that can be taken to correct this.

#Agriculture #Women #Gender Law and Policy
A TRIBUTE
Mahasweta Devi in cinema

Mahasweta Devi remains a writer whose work was almost impossible to express through cinema, writes Shoma Chatterji paying a tribute to the legendary writer and social activist.

#Society Films and Books #Adivasis #Media
WOMAN'S CONSENT
Painting the country Pink
WOMAN'S CONSENT : Painting the country Pink

Will a ‘NO’ from a woman remain ‘NO’? Asks Shoma A. Chatterji while reviewing the movie, Pink.

#Films #Women
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
Where hidden identities wait for justice
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN : Where hidden identities wait for justice

Naam Poribortito, the debut film of activist Mitali Biswas, reveals the dark and gory underbelly of West Bengal in particular, and the nation at large, where rape victims are denied justice and crusaders are silenced more often than not. Shoma Chatterji has more on the film and its portrayals.

#Culture #Media
VAW IN INDIAN CINEMA
Should films have statutory warnings on violence against women?

A 90-second video put together by a group of women activists demands a pop-up statutory warning on screen every time a woman is assaulted or abused. Shoma Chatterji critiques the video, raising several questions over its content as well as the stance that it takes.

#Films #Gender Violence #Media #Women
FILM REVIEW: QUISSA
The strange tale of the 'son' who wasn't!

Qissa: The Tale of a Lonely Ghost, a recently-released feature film,exposes the shocking depths of insanity to which a father may be driven by his obsession with a male heir. Shoma Chatterji reviews the film, underlining the brutal, patriarchal society that it lays bare.

#Reviews #Films #Women
ASTROLOGY SHOWS
Predicting rape on television!
ASTROLOGY SHOWS : Predicting rape on television!

Mars missions and scientific innovations notwithstanding, a large section of India still reposes great faith in the future predicted by astrologers. Satellite TV leverages that to offer a plethora of shows, one of which recently defied all limits of decency, as Arpana H S reports.

#Media #Society
WOMEN IN ENTERTAINMENT
Casting couch vs workplace abuse: A thin line

The proverbial casting couch has been a reality over the years since women made their foray into the world of films and entertainment. As the industry joins in celebrating Women’s Day, Shoma Chatterji explores if  more of its women remain victims, rather than complicit 'sinners'.

#Films #Women
WORLD RADIO DAY
Who will cast the first vote for equality?

On World Radio Day, Ammu Joseph looks at the representation of women in Indian radio and wonders if the medium can play a more significant role in ensuring empowerment and equal participation.

#Ammu Joseph #Radio #Media #Work+Life #Voices unheard
OBITUARY
Imprinting the women's view
Maitreyee Chatterjee was a woman of great grit, and a crusader for the rights of women long before such efforts gained attention or recognition. Shoma Chatterji notes her passing.
#Women
MEDIA/WOMEN
Sangham Radio making waves
This first all-women community radio in Asia being aired from Medak district in Andhra Pradesh is a genuine story of rural and women empowerment. Ramesh Menon reports from Medak.
#Radio #Media #ANDHRA PRADESH
MEDIA AND WOMEN
Twists, turns, dead-ends
MEDIA AND WOMEN : Twists, turns, dead-ends

The Sunanda episode leaves us with some hard questions, about the attitude of the media to women, about sexism and other hurdles that women face everyday at the workplace, writes Kalpana Sharma.

#OP-ED #Kalpana Sharma #Kalpana's Commentary
WOMEN ON TELEVISION
Looking back at Hum Log
WOMEN ON TELEVISION : Looking back at Hum Log

For a show intended to promote women's empowerment, it wasn't too bright about it. Its messages were often self-defeating, because the women were heavily tinged with the politics of patriarchy. Shoma Chatterji looks back at television's first big impact-making serial.

#Women
WOMEN/MEDIA
Films from the fields
WOMEN/MEDIA : Films from the fields
These rural, illiterate women from the Community Media Trust in Medak district of Andhra Pradesh wield the plough and the camera with equal ease and expertise. The final product are films that tell their stories. Charumathi Supraja has more.
#Creative Media #Women #ANDHRA PRADESH
JOURNALISM
Women join hands for a better media
In an increasingly market-driven media climate, a network that nurtures value-driven journalism among women has proved to be a lifeline for professionals who believe that there's more to the media than news brands. Charumathi Supraja reports.
#Media