What We Do

No Country For Women is an internationally-recognized gender education initiative that aims to combat systemic gender-based discrimination in India through:

Education

Conducting workshops and developing gender-based curricula for schools, colleges, corporates and other spaces.

Conversation

Distributing written and audio-visual material through social and mass media channels to spark informed conversations about social change.

Action

Establishing cross-sector partnerships and facilitating effective long-term solutions.

Why We Do It

Instances of sexual violence cannot be isolated from the cultural context within which they occur. The prevalence of rape is a manifestation of a much larger social problem involving cultural norms, mindsets and attitudes toward gender. These mindsets and attitudes infiltrate every strata of society and lead to everyday incidents of gender-based discrimination in the household and workplace. Often, such incidents tend to be ignored. The individuals perpetrating them can be unaware of the implications of their own actions, as most gender-based discrimination happens on a largely subconscious level.

The trivialization of gender-based discrimination leads to a culture of silence that strengthens existing discriminatory social systems. We penetrate institutions that have consciously or unconsciously sanctioned a culture of silence in order to dislocate issues of sexual violation and discrimination from their status of taboo.

Our Philosophy

No Country For Women has developed a "D3" Philosophy (Deconstruct - Dismantle - Develop) with the hopes of providing a framework to understand and combat the sociocultural and systemic roots of gender-based discrimination and violence.

Click on each tenet above to read about what it stands for.

Deconstruct

de·con·struct
Verb. To analyze a conceptual system and to expose its hidden assumptions.
Sociocultural, political and economic institutions are deconstructed to evaluate the ways in which they condone gender-based discrimination and violence.

Dismantle

dis·man·tle
Verb. To take a structure to pieces.
Problematic sociocultural frameworks are dismantled by active resistance on behalf of the individual and community.

Develop

de·vel·op
Verb. To bring into being.
Effective long-term solutions are developed to tackle the problem of rape by tackling the institutions that sanction it; treating both - symptom and cause.

Our Pedagogy

Our pedagogy is heavily inspired by the Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning. Our teaching tools are designed to help students ascend the six cognitive levels illustrated below seamlessly.



We emphasize social and sociological analysis. Crucial to our understanding of our personal identities and everyday realities is an awareness of how social systems and institutions operate, as well as the inequalities they manufacture and maintain.

We emphasize the use of introspection and self-reflection. We cannot talk about society as a separate entity distinct from our own actions and experiences. Each seemingly innocent personal action has tremendous political significance - for example, your friend telling you that “boys don’t cry” is a microcosmic example of the way in which the patriarchy hurts men by enforcing hypermasculinity.

We emphasize critical inquiry and evaluation. Unless we are actually able to decode and decrypt the values that our society and culture glorify, we may continue to perpetuate oppression by mistaking it with heritage.

We emphasize that gender is socially constructed and performative. Modes of gender expression are socially and culturally designed, and individually internalized.

We emphasize that gender is a spectrum, not a binary. It follows, therefore, that gender-based discrimination is not a women's-only or men's-only issue. It affects and is executed by individuals of all genders in different ways.

We hope to tackle cognitive barriers and cognitive dissonance. Cognitive barriers are existing beliefs or notions that prevent individuals from absorbing new information or changing existing worldviews. Cognitive dissonance is the coexistence of contradictory beliefs in an individual’s mind that leads to inconsistency in thought and action. It can also further contribute to cognitive barriers - an individual might think they “get it”, or that they're "on the right side" and therefore be unwilling to accept that they simultaneously harbour problematic attitudes. Cognitive barriers and cognitive dissonance are markers of gaps in learning, and are widely prevalent in individuals with half-formed or underdeveloped knowledge.

Get in touch

Have an invitation or an idea? A collaboration proposal? A vote of appreciation? Want to chat or need help evaluating if what the next-door Aunty said last night over dinner feeds rape culture? Or do you want to volunteer for us? We'd love to hear your thoughts, ideas, and questions - write to us at contact@nocountryforwomen.org