Tuesday, March 15, 2011
New book edited by WAVE supporter Bishakha Datta of Point of View - 9 Degrees of Justice
9 Degrees of Justice - New Perspectives on Violence Against Women in India
From an early focus on rape, dowry and sati, feminist struggles on violence against women in India have traversed a wide terrain to include issues that were invisible in the 1980s. Nine Degrees of Justice is a collection of writings by second and third-generation feminists. They share their perceptions and perspectives on violence against women through a series of thought-provoking essays, which establish that justice for women has not even reached double digit figures – hence nine degrees.
The essays raise questions at every step – has using the law led to justice for women who face violence? How can we address violence in public spaces and cyber space without demonizing either? How can we start to speak about lesbian suicides and violence among women loving women? What is the violence of stigma? And who is the ‘woman’ deserving representation from the feminist movement?
Contributing Authors: Farah Naqvi, Shamita Das Dasgupta, Shilpa Phadke, Sharmila Joshi, Puja Roy, Purnima Manghnani, Maya Ganesh, Rajashri Dasgupta, Manjima Bhattacharjya, Bishakha Datta, Sonia Jabbar , and Mona Zote.
Join us in an exploration of some of these issues through a creative and visual launch with four of the book’s authors - Shilpa Phadke on risking pleasure, Manjima Bhattacharjya on performing sexuality, Bishakha Datta on prostitution and ways of seeing, and Puja Roy on the invisibility of harassment in the workplace.