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Women in India’s Kerala fight taboos to climb mountains

Divya Divakaran (left) spearheaded protests to gain access to the peak

Legend has it that the world will come to an end if women scale the Agasthyarkoodam peak in India’s southern state of Kerala. But these women want to take a chance and prove tradition wrong.

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25.01.2019 | 14:27

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The ‘She Homes’ Project in India and the Possibility of Traveling Women

Traveling, safety and power are deeply interlinked in the populous, diverse and inherently patriarchal country of India. Because of this complexity, women have often refrained from traveling by themselves. In Kerala, however, things may be changing.

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29.12.2018 | 14:23

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Showdown at Sabarimala – a shrine of contention

Tensions continue to run high in the southern state of Kerala as police crack down on protesters trying to stop women from entering the hill shrine of Sabarimala. It opened to all men and women in October after the Supreme Court lifted a ban on women aged from 10 to 50.

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06.11.2018 | 10:01

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Women in India protest menstruation taboos with #Happytobleed campaign

IndiaA machine to check for menstruating women – this was a Hindu priest’s suggestion after being asked why women were being kept off his temple’s premises. The statement triggered an online campaign called #Happytobleed.

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01.12.2015 | 20:45

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Keralan families pay a high price for remittances

Almost a tenth of Kerala’s population lives in the Gulf States and in Europe. While highly skilled graduates leave to seek lucrative jobs elsewhere, many poor families depend on remittances from abroad – at a high price.

One morning, Aisha P.N. decided to go on hunger strike. Her employer rushed into the dark hut made of rough plywood and cardboard, hidden from sight under his mahogany staircase. He stood over her worn mattress, threatening to beat her with a stick if she didn’t get up. His wives and children looked on, impassively. “But I just didn’t care,” Aisha says, absent-mindedly tugging at her loose red scarf.

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05.04.2012 | 10:42

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