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Podcast: Intimacy and injury – In the wake of #MeToo in India and South Africa

Published on 25 November 2022

Starting 25 November, activists around the world will be marking 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence – an annual international campaign to raise awareness of the issue of gender-based violence (GBV) and to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.

In conjunction with the 16 Days campaign we are releasing this timely episode of the IDS Between the Lines podcast. Priya Raghavan, Post-Doctoral Researcher in the IDS Governance Cluster, interviews Nicky Falkof, co-editor of the book: Intimacy and injury: In the wake of #MeToo in India and South Africa.

Through the lens of the #MeToo moment, this book and podcast tracks histories of feminist’s organising in both countries, while also revealing how newer strategies extended or limited these struggles. Intimacy and injury is a timely mapping of a shifting political field around gender-based violence in the global south.

This book and podcast is essential reading and listening for all studying and researching gender issues, especially in relation to questions of gendered violence.

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About the author

Nicky is a writer and academic based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She work’s at the University of the Witwatersrand, where she is an Associate Professor in the Media Studies department.

She is also a Fellow of the African Humanities Programme and has been a resident at the Rockefeller Bellagio Centre.

Nicky has written for and spoken in print and broadcast media in South Africa and internationally, and discussed questions of race, gender and social justice.

About the interviewer

Priya Raghavan is Post-Doctoral Researcher in the IDS Governance Cluster. Priya is part of the IDS project Sustaining Power for Women’s Rights, which works with women’s movements in South Asia to study and help develop strategies against backlash.

About the book

Both India and South Africa have shared the infamy of being labelled the world’s ‘rape capitals’, with high levels of everyday gender-based and sexual violence. At the same time, both boast long histories of resisting such violence and its location in wider cultures of patriarchy, settler colonialism and class and caste privilege.

Through the lens of the #MeToo moment, the book tracks histories of feminist organising in both countries, while also revealing how newer strategies extended or limited these struggles. Intimacy and injury is a timely mapping of a shifting political field around gender-based violence in the global south.

In proposing comparative, interdisciplinary, ethnographically rich and analytically astute reflections on #MeToo, it provides new and potentially transformative directions to scholarly debates this book builds transnational feminist knowledge and solidarity in and across the global south.

You can purchase the book here.

About Between the Lines

This podcast series explores books with ideas for positive social and environmental change. Each month we feature a book and an interview with its author. The discussions give an insight on the themes covered in the book, exploring the challenges and discoveries, and why the issues matter for progressive and sustainable development globally.

Send your comments and episode suggestions to [email protected]

Listen to previous episodes here.

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