Wednesday, April 25, 2018

A Call for Change: India needs a debate on how to empower Muslim Women

Allah ta’ala ne aurat ko bhi insaan banaaya hai, words spoken by a young Muslim woman from Mumbai, are simply a statement of a person of faith about her own creation. It is a comment on
the inequality that women are subjected to, how they are made to feel subhuman, a commodity to be consumed and includes a firm belief of the speaker that there is inherent justice in this narrative of creation of a woman in human form and a complaint that this justice has been subverted.

Muslim women have mostly been discussed as passive victims who have no agency. They often suffer from stifling suppression and overt violence that not only leaves its marks on the human body and material aspects of life, but also impacts the mind and the self of the affected.

Hence, it’s vital to encourage Muslim women to speak out to this unjust neglect and discrimination. After all, who understands a situation better than those who are living it and who would propose better solutions to problems than those who are suffering stultifying oppression in their everyday lives?

Muslim Women Speakby Ghazala Jamil is a recent publication by SAGE that discusses an expansive canvas of dreams, aspirations, memory and everyday lives of Muslim women.  Through a presentation and analysis of Indian Muslim women’s narratives about their own situation, the book challenges the image of Muslim women as historic victims of Islam and Muslim men. The book includes insights on the agency of young Muslim women and the impact of violence on their everyday lives after a violent ‘event’ or ‘episode’ passes into history and memory. It brings forth not only the ‘voices’ that have long been considered ‘silent’ but also dwells upon the epistemological and socio-political concerns of this ‘silencing’.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Evaluating the differences in learning attitudes and attributes between Gen X and Millennials

Student learning outcomes have attained global learning focus off late and research has shown that the current generation in higher education has significantly different learning characteristics than its predecessors.

It then becomes essential to understand this generation’s learning attributes that can provide useful guidance in designing teaching pedagogies for this generation. It has been found that Gen Y do not prefer traditional lecture mode of teaching, traditional communication standards and have zero tolerance to delays.

Findings also suggest that Gen Y has a collaborative learning style enjoying working and learning in groups and teams, they are more drifted towards use of technology, entertainment and excitement. They prefer structure and experimental activities and learn immediately from their mistakes

The research in this article from the journal ‘Vision’ also suggest that there are also certain issues of concern with this generation that are particularly worrying such as Gen Y demonstrate a lack of drive, motivation and accountability. While this generation likes to choose what they learn, how they learn it and when they learn it. Researchers have also pointed out laxity towards their research sources, predisposition to believe peer opinion and public consensus and the absence of original ideas is mainly distressing.

The findings in this research also indicate that this generation significantly differs from the previous generation on the attributes of trust and competition. Gen Y was found to be more competitive and less trusting than Gen X.

This article ‘Gen Y Attributes—Antecedents to Teaching Pedagogy’ from the journal Vision takes about various other learning characteristics exhibited by this generation that are significantly different than those of its predecessor generations.

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Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Exit! A Prostitution Survivor Voice

This article shares a first-hand account of sexual abuse and slavery on the streets of South Africa during and after apartheid. Reflecting on her days in prostitution, the author of this article also provides an insight into how the prostituted woman is robbed off her dignity and how difficult it is to exit from the physical and mental trauma. She explains the meaning of freedom after apartheid for the street children of South Africa. They celebrated the end of the systemic marginalization of black people but continued to face rampant substance abuse, sexual violence and ‘gangsterism’. This article is a testimony of her from sex slavery to a survivor leader and activist against the backdrop of the apathy of the South African state towards its vulnerable children.

The author takes us through her journey of how she, at the age of 8, after apartheid joins the rest of the kids on the streets of Cape Town where they were introduced to glue and other intoxicants that we sucked out of the bottle to keep themselves high and their minds numb. Then as soon as she reaches the age of 18, she is made to leave the shelter in cape town and is forced to move to Johannesburg. She then further goes on to explain how she joins the rest of the world in prostitution on the streets of Yeoville. She moved from one province to another, tried out low-class prostitution, middle-class prostitution and high-class prostitution. 

She also talks about her time when she aged and how South Africa did not have a system for a 29-year-old woman to have a place to stay! Hence, she had to join the streets again and this time around she started cooking and packing drugs for the pimps. One day, she got the opportunity to drop drugs back at home in Cape Town, and that was her moment of escape

She ends on the note stating that 'I just want to say that we have a great survivor movement, and we refuse for others to talk on behalf of us—survivors. And the only action that needs to be done, going forward, is to bring out these survivor voices because they are the testimonies to get this right.'

The article has been taken from the journal 'Antyajaa' (Vol 2, Issue 2) authored by Grizelda Grootboom.

Register now to read in detail about the author's first-hand experience of sexual abuse from the journal 'Antyajaa'.

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