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#FIIQuotes features inspiring feminist quotes from Indian and South Asian people. The idea behind documenting these quotes was because a simple Google search for ‘feminist quotes’ always leads to quotes from famous feminist icons from the West. #FIIQuotes builds a repository of kick-ass feminist truth bombs that Indian and South Asian individuals have dropped.
#FIIQuotes: Let’s remember that everyone deserves the right to love their consenting partners irrespective of gender identity. Let’s ponder over this moving statement made by Menaka Guruswamy, lawyer for one of the petitioners at the Supreme Court hearings on Section 377.
#FIIQuotes: Looking back at the arguments made by Naz Foundation to the Delhi High Court in 2009, that led to the striking down of Section 377. Fingers crossed for a similarly successful judgment by the Supreme Court in the ongoing hearing!
#FIIQuotes: Joyita Mondal was appointed as the first transgender judge of a Lok Adalat in July 2017. She also heads an organisation called Dinajpur Notun Alo Society that is currently helping thousands of people in her district.
#FIIQuotes: Loujain Ahathloul is a 28 year-old Saudi women’s rights activist. She was at the forefront of the women’s right to drive campaign and continues to fight against the male guardianship system. Using her online platform she created awareness regarding the need to change laws that restricted women’s mobility. As of now, she is still imprisoned with other women activists.
#FIIQuotes: Stop treating us as your goddesses, and stop treating us like your sluts.
#FIIQuotes: Mimi Mondal – an Indian Dalit speculative fiction writer was nominated for a Hugo Award! The onus of furthering social justice shouldn’t lie on the oppressed.
#FIIQuotes: Black American queer feminist writer and poet Audre Lorde – “I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.”
#FIIQuotes: Kamla Bhasin on the links between patriarchy and capitalism.
#FIIQuotes: Angrily advocating for the death penalty for the Kathua rapists will not deter crimes against women, or enact any actual change to improve the lives of women and girls in India.
#FIIQuotes: Rape doesn’t exist in isolation. It is a product of rape culture – a culture that objectifies women, blames victims, and views women’s sexualities as the ‘honour’ of a community.