Deviarchy A Conscious Challenge to Repressive Rule

Guest: Shobita Mampilly. Maundy Thursday the 1st

Guest: Shobita Mampilly. Maundy Thursday the 1st

That night, he brought me Sweet rolls and sweet wine. He pulled me out of their Garden He pulled me over their Wall   Where are we going? Far away He said softly kissing my ear. Why are we running? Because They want to kill me….

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Her Own Room: Gloria Steinem, M.I.A., and Kimberle Crenshaw

Her Own Room: Gloria Steinem, M.I.A., and Kimberle Crenshaw

  A few concerned and curious women and men gathered in a salon-like setting in the home of pioneering American feminist, Gloria Steinem, to hear the latest collection of stories detailing the violence that women, everywhere, face. Amongst a Nobel laureate, UN officials, activists, and…

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ART: Chitra Ganesh “An Eye That Cannot Cry..”

ART: Chitra Ganesh “An Eye That Cannot Cry..”

This piece, “Ganesh Melancholia”,  is contributed by visual artist Chitra Ganesh, courtesy of supportive galleries. Her images evoke tragedy situated in powerful representations of South Asian women — as moments and memories of their lives intersect with violence. Many thanks for this evocative imagery that…

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Re-Posted Excerpts: You Can’t Build Peace With Concrete

Re-Posted Excerpts: You Can’t Build Peace With Concrete

From: Le Monde Diplomatique. July 3. BY Cedric Gouverneur. Sri Lanka: Tigers’ war may be over but not the conflict You can’t build peace with concrete It’s five years since the final, and lethal, defeat of the Tamil Tigers by Sir Lanka’s government forces. Most…

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(@Monkey Cage) Red Pottus, Black Burqas: Identity Markers In Sri Lanka’s Extremist Violence

(@Monkey Cage) Red Pottus, Black Burqas: Identity Markers In Sri Lanka’s Extremist Violence

Muslim or not, women are hiding indoors in many parts of Sri Lanka today. Rumors that a bus full of members of the extremist Buddhist party – “Bodu Bala Sana” (BBS) is down the street spread through neighborhoods in whispers, since most cell phones are…

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Our Language, Their Voices: The Transfer of Power

Our Language, Their Voices: The Transfer of Power

It started on the plane. On the shaky descent into London, his cheery British voice interrupts my movie. Please do consider supporting our charity, which only supports the most vulnerable, the most needy (My emphasis not added).Women in the jungles of Sri Lanka often envied those…

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A Visual Mockery? Trials of the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence

A Visual Mockery? Trials of the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence

The “fringe” event at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence is for those lower-level green badge holders, not quite important enough for the coveted red “delegate” level (maybe Bono and Oprah dubbed red the color of cool for humanitarianism). Nevertheless, Angelina Jolie sightings were…

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Welcome to Deviarchy!

Welcome to Deviarchy!

I hope for this to be a space to encourage thought-provoking commentary on the many intersections of gender and violence. Please watch this site or follow me @nimmideviarchy  for an inside perspective on the UK Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in London June 10-12,…

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Chickens and Cows Don’t Solve Rape

Chickens and Cows Don’t Solve Rape

She has been squatting for some time.  The position is still not as comfortable as it used to be. She sweeps her sari out of the way as she starts to cook the day’s rice ration. This, she says. This is what they have given…

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The Global Salon (Gawker.com)

The Global Salon (Gawker.com)

  The salon sat at the bottom floor of the developing world’s version of a gated community— a five star hotel. The hotel was precariously perched, hosting an army of foreigners working on war, while staying in business under a regime denying war crimes. As…

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