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JNU panel against sexual harassment brings alternative gender into new logo

The official logo, passed by a 23-member GSCASH committee on September 30 and put before students for feedback, will soon be on GSCASH forms.

Written by Aranya Shankar | New Delhi | Updated: October 6, 2015 4:47:03 am
JNU, sexual harassment, sexual harassment panel, alternative gender logo, gender logo, JNU, GSCASH, multi gender logo, delhi news The earlier logo, in use since 1997, showed a woman’s outline on the left and a man’s outline on the right with an equality sign in between.

In a first, Jawaharlal Nehru University’s Gender Sensitisation Committee Against Sexual Harassment (GSCASH) has come up with a multi-gender logo, ditching the earlier man-woman binary.

The official logo, passed by a 23-member GSCASH committee on September 30 and put before students for feedback, will soon be on GSCASH forms.

The earlier logo, in use since 1997, showed a woman’s outline on the left and a man’s outline on the right with an equality sign in between. This will now be replaced by logo with a symbol for “alternative gender” on the top left. “We were mulling the change for a long time since we thought the logo which has been in use since 1997 was inadequate in symbolising all genders. The continuous circle is supposed to signify all other genders which can’t be quantified or qualified. It breaks the watertight compartmentalisation of gender and reinstates fluidity and dynamism in gender perspectives,” said GSCASH member Aishwarya Adhikari.

“Once the GSCASH passed it, we put it out in the public for feedback since that is an essential part of the process of selecting a new logo. Luckily we got very positive feedback from all quarters and no objections.”

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