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Hyderabad: Telangana became the first Indian state to make gender education compulsory at the graduate level with the introduction of  a non-stereotype textbook titled, “Towards a World of Equals”.

The book has been introduced on a pilot basis in Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University affiliated colleges.

The book talks about gender in its composite form without limiting itself only to the crimes against women. The book covers women’s work in politics and economics and information about unacknowledged writers of Telangana to problems of sex selection. It also talks covers complex subjects like female-centric history and male-female relationships. It discourses about the different stands of women movements across the world, also introducing students to political movements of Afro-American, Caribbean, African, Dalit and minority women. Notably, a documentary film of visual teaching tools is also attached with the book.

The book will be a part of a semester a would be taught for 14 weeks. The content of the book was prepared by a nine-member committee. Four training workshops had already been conducted and more such events are on the cards.

It would be interesting to see the reactions that the book generates.

For example, in its first chapter of socialization, the book initiates a discussion on “Are boys taught household work while growing up? Discuss your experience at home”.

The editors of the books say they are every optimistic about the results. “We have received a lot of good feedback from teachers, “said one of the editors. (Inputs from agencies)(Picture courtesy:europeanmovement.eu)

 

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‘It is time to see the world through a Feminist Gaze’, says Shabana Azmi

Jio MAMI hosted a brunch to discuss and inspire women equality and quality films, which was graced by Manisha Koirala, Shabana Azmi, Kiran Rao, Anupama Chopra, Sayani Gupta, Kriti Sanon, Neha Dhupia and many more

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Mumbai, October 17, 2017: Veteran actress Shabana Azmi on Monday said it is the time people started seeing the world through a “feminine gaze”.

The pro-equality actress was speaking at “#F for Freedom MAMI” segment of Jio MAMI 19th Mumbai Film Festival.

“I am very delighted that MAMI this year is concentrating on making women’s work more visible. I think it is high time that we started to see the world through feminine gaze,” she said.

Jio MAMI hosted a brunch to discuss and inspire women equality and quality films, which was graced by Manisha Koirala, Shabana Azmi, Kiran Rao, Anupama Chopra, Sayani Gupta, Kriti Sanon, Neha Dhupia and many more.

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Manisha Koirala, who has been vocal about gender equality, said she was happy that JIO MAMI is recognizing women’s contribution.

“Tumhari Sulu” actress Neha Dhupia said that things aren’t changing but with a little initiative, things will change in coming times. “Just because there is a women-centric film after 30-40 others release, everyone feels that things are changing but they are not changing just yet.”

Kiran Rao, the lady behind the initiative, expressed that main objective was to inspire women and get them in mainstream cinema, either in front or behind.

“The initiative was started two years ago, to inspire females to be part of the film industry, not just tell their stories. We want females to join film industry as writers, actors, technicians, creative arts and camera persons as this will improve the condition of women,” said Kiran.

Film critic Anupama Chopra said that the issue of equality in the film was not just limited to Bollywood, “it is rampant everywhere”. (IANS)

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