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Azaad आवाज़

November 2020

“Violence against Women : Deconstructing Patterns of Gender-based Abuse”

In This Issue

Azaadआवाज़ sculpted as a digital media station focuses on issues that debilitate the  “deliberately silenced”, drawing no boundaries and aspires to evolve and voice the needs of those silenced. The main theme focused for this monthly edition is : “Violence against Women : Deconstructing Patterns of Gender-based Abuse”. In this Patrika, we explore the various forms of violence that are meted out against women and try to understand how it impacts
different groups in different, graded manners.


Azaad Awaaz is in active collaboration with PAIGAM, an NGO based out of Delhi that is actively involved in bringing social efforts at the local, national and global level.

The COVID-19 pandemic brought the whole world to a halt and forced everyone to lock up and stay home. While this was the only solution available to prevent the spread of the virus, it caused the rise of another crisis. Ever since the lockdown began, countries across the world have reported a sharp rise in cases of domestic abuse.

In conversation with Urvashi Batalia.


Samvaad as an initiative sprouted from the very idea of engaging in discussion and providing a platform not just to a wide range of scholars but also students and budding academicians in various fields of research.

In this Samvaad discussion, Dr. Sowjanya Thamalpakula from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences guides us through the sexual violence committed against Dalit women and the pattern of impunity one can observe. She starts with discussing the Nirbhaya case that happened in 2012.


Awaaz in Focus introduces one to the varied perspectives shared by those who are initiating grassroot level changes in and across different local communities in a region. The people interviewed vary from academic scholars to grassroot level activists and practitioners.

In conversation with Dr. Albeena Shakil.


Nazariya is a column in the newsletter that will feature stories of oppression as well as emancipation and empowerment from marginalized communities that have not been a part of the mainstream media discourse or popular culture and have somehow gotten lost somewhere in our history.


Talk Point is the segment of the Patrika wherein individuals are interviewed based upon their perception and understanding of a certain issue.


Vichaar is Azaad Awaaz’s podcast series that aims at engaging with experts and professionals to further the conversation on the marginalisation of communities.

In this podcast, Dr. Soma and Ms. Poonam would draw the listener’s attention to multidimensional forms of violence and discrimination against women, particularly women farmers in relation to land rights.

About Azaad Awaaz

Our initiative Azaadआवाज़ aims to tackle an erosion of empathy in our society. This  monthly magazine (Patrika) aims to focus on the marginalized sections whose voices are often muted in the cacophony of flashy mainstream media discourse. When referring to the marginalization, this platform does not aim to restrict itself to the traditional focus on social aggregates like caste and race alone but aspires to include a discussion on class, gender, sexual orientation etc.

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