Our Bodies, Ourselves (2008)
Our Bodies, Ourselves Project
Women Unlimited, an offshoot of Kali for Women, India’s oldest feminist publisher, published an adapted English version of Our Bodies, Ourselves in 2008.
The book retains the structure and content of the U.S. text, with updated information and context relevant to South Asian women and girls. The book is available in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal and the Maldives.
Designed to encourage readers to become well-informed health consumers and catalysts for social change, the book includes chapters on birth control, contraceptive technology, substance abuse, violence, sexuality, and sexually transmitted infections. Each chapter includes local resources.
How to Obtain Copies
For information on obtaining copies of the South Asian English adaptation, please email womenunltd [AT] vsnl.net
Content Available Online
Read the preface (in English)
Community Action & Activism
Our Bodies, Ourselves has [a] niche for two generations of South Asian feminists, providing basic information on the body and its workings, a political analysis of the health-care system and practical and usable information on self-care and self-help.” – Women Unlimited
In 1984, in a Delhi garage, Ritu Menon and Urvashi Butalia created Kali for Women, a publishing house for Indian feminists. Kali for Women went on to produce an interesting mix of theory and practice; their activist publications may not have made money, but they redefined women’s lives in positive ways. In 2003, Kali for Women split into two independent imprints: Zubaan and Women Unlimited.
A feminist publisher is part of the women’s movement, creating spaces for individual and collective action. Women Unlimited continues to offer the best of feminist scholarship, activism and creative writing at affordable prices. The organization boasts an impressive publishing roster, including some of the finest creative writers in India: Bama, Ismat Chughtai, Esther David, Mridula Garg, Qurratulain Hyder and Nayantara Sahgal.
Women Unlimited also collaborates with organizations across the region to increase the body of knowledge on women in the developing world and provide a platform for women writers. Its partners include Women’s WORLD, Women In Security, Conflict Management and Peace, Women’s Initiative for Peace in South Asia, International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Lawyers’ Collective, Asmita, Jagori, and Women’s Feature Service.
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