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Women on board: Indian companies’ board room is now family room

The intention is good but the compliance seems to be skewed and defeats the purpose. In February 2014, market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) had issued a directive asking c

Will a smart city bring about safe transport for women?

I came to office, sat down at my work station, switched on my system and the first news that flashed on my screen was the experience of a woman who was molested by her diving instructor underwater

Women power drives India’s newest Metro in Jaipur

Meena Soni, Monika Mittal, Kusum Kanwar,  Jyoti Rani and Yogita are common girls names in India. However, they stand for uncommon principle in normally traditional Rajasthan. These women are g

Rape crime is not negotiable, say lawyers on bail for TN rapist

Lawyers and women`s rights activists have termed the order as unacceptable and shocking. These are public reactions against the controversial order of justice P Devadass of the Madras high court in

Fact sheet: Women entrepreneurs in India

The sixth economic census, released by ministry of statistics and programme implementation, pr

Odd-even II: Women drivers again exempted

Women drivers have again been exempted from the second round of odd-even scheme that starts from April 15 and ends on April 30th. Gopal Rai, Delhi’s transport minister, said on Wednesday that

Surge pricing ban may continue even after odd-even period

Cracking the whip on app-based taxi operators, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi has announced that it would ensure the ban on surge pricing even after the odd-even period is over. On A

Kerala rape case probe bungled: Maneka Gandhi

The investigation into the horrific rape and murder of a young woman in Kerala has been “bungled”, said women and child development (WCD) minister Maneka Gandhi on Tuesday as she unveil

Draft bill calls for a law to deal with human trafficking

In an attempt to ensure that a trafficked victim does not face legal hassles once rescued, the ministry of women and child development (WCD) has released a draft ‘Trafficking of Persons (Prev

India gets its first women fighter pilots

India’s first three women fighter pilots were formally commissioned in the Indian Air Force (IAF) at a ceremony presided over by defence minister Manohar Parrikar. The three fi

Special package to create jobs in textile, apparel sector

Jobs for 1 crore people, mostly women will be created in three years along with an investment of Rs 74,000 crores from a special package for textile and apparel sector, approved by the cabinet on W

How to stop human trafficking

In India, till recently, the complex crime of trafficking was addressed through multiple laws. For example, while the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956 (ITPA) sought to punish traffickers for

Maneka urges to remove father’s name for single-mothers children’s passport

Maneka Gandhi has requested minister for external affairs Sushma Swaraj that for passports of children being raised by single mothers should be allowed to exclude their father`s name.

NCW: In search of more teeth

The national commission for women (NCW) will soon move the supreme court (SC). But this time it won’t be to seek justice for an aggrieved woman; it would be to empower itself, to be heard and

We should be ranked equal to the SC, ST commissions: NCW chief

Why is the national commission for women weak? Is it because its mandate is unclear?  I don’t know why there is a fallacy about the Act being weak. There

Report highlights plight of Indian Muslim women

A staggering 79 percent of Muslim women reported not having received any maintenance from their husband post their divorce, said a survey report “No More – Talaq Talaq Talaq -- Muslim W

India sees dramatic improvement in opportunities for girl child: UN

Both India and China, which together are home to roughly one in three 10-year-olds alive today, are among the world’s fastest growing economies and have seen dramatic improvements in the oppo

DCW employees get salaries, helplines to continue

It seems that the worst is over for the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) employees, at least for a while. The commission that had decided to shut their helplines due to non-payment of salaries will

Why sexist humour isn’t so funny

Humour is a form of communication. There are several healthy forms of humours which can be critical, reflective and constructive for the society.  Unfortunately there is one form of humour tha

NCW issues notice to JD (U)’s Sharad Yadav

The National Commission of Women (NCW) has issued notice to the Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav for his explicit remark on women. While addressing a public gathering in Patn

Maternal mortality: Best practices can be adopted by poll-bound states

Demonetisation proved that we keep a good account of our money but apparently we lack expertise and motivation in counting maternal deaths, most of which are entirely preventable. Regular and com

Petition seeks end to Female Genital Mutilation

Masooma Ranalvi, a victim of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), has submitted a petition signed by 85,000 people to National Commission of Women against this practice. She started Speak out

Women face multiple gender-related inequalities: FAO

Women make essential contributions to agriculture across Asia and the Pacific, comprising between 40 and 50 percent of the agricultural labour force in East and Southeast Asia and around 30 percent

The distaff conundrum

Konika Haldar, 25, and her husband left Malda, in Bengal, five years ago. Today, she works as a domestic help in east Delhi and, as the breadwinner, cannot afford to quit. But she hopes her husband

“The challenge is to ensure that women stay longer in school”

As the participation of women in labour force declines in the country, Sher Singh Verick of ILO explains to Archana Mishra the reason behind this trend, the role education plays and the kind of

Do vote, exhorts women’s group that sings earthy songs

"Beet jayei ho beet jayei, voting ke bela ho; Sovat rahaba abki bhi tu, hoi paanch saal jhamela ho. Beet jayei ho beet jayei, kis soch mein haua ho, koi tohke paisa dei, police ke phone milaiy

Need for state laws for compulsory registration of marriages

Indian women marrying NRIs, glamorous though it sounds, has recently become a cause of serious concern. The reason for this is the alarmingly high rates of desertion of women marrying NRIs, said

The Nirbhaya of Naliya: a gang-rape in Gujarat involving BJP leaders

  The “Forum of Concerned Citizens for Naliya Incident” sent a fact-finding team to Kutch on February 20. The members of the team were Dineshbhai Sanghvi, Meenaks

NHRC issues notice to Karnataka and Maharashtra govt over unusually large number of hysterectomies

    The National Human Rights Commission has issued notices to the governments of Karnataka and Maharashtra for an unusual large number of Hysterectomy procedures being perf

What’s bad is better than what’s at home

Food is ready to be served on a plastic sheet laid on the floor. Children and mothers (pregnant and lactating) eagerly wait to get something down in their bellies. But before that begins, anganwadi

New maternity bill a trojan horse: ORF

Some women currently employed in formal sector jobs may find their positions terminated by employers not wishing to bear the cost and a certain number of women graduates waiting to enter

447 false dowry cases lodged in 2014

A total of 447 and 361 cases were reported in which final report ended as false under the Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961 during 2014 and 2015 respectively, union minister Maneka Gandhi infor

Stories you must read over the weekend

  The nutrition crisis continues to stare at us, despite the fact that India is the fastest growing large economy today. In running after GDP growth, the human development index

Few public toilets for women in Delhi: Survey

One in every three public toilets in Delhi do not have separate provision for women, according to an ActionAid India survey of public toilets in Delhi. The survey carried out in December

A trowelful of empowerment

When her husband died last year, 60-year-old Chakkamma was not sure whether she would be able to have some money of her own: she has a son who looks after her, but she wanted to maintain a degree o

Whose womb is it anyway?

In the nine years of my career here, I have not seen a single instance of a couple bringing along a relative who will bear their child as a surrogate mother,” says Inderpreet Kaur, he

Quest for Gandhi in Champaran, Arvind Panagariya`s exclusive interview, and future of payments banks

Rajkumar Shukla’s village Satwariya, now in West Champaran, is well connected with the rest of Bihar’s towns and villages. However, I see no pucca roads within the village. E

Low female labour force in India: World Bank

There is low female labour force participation in India, said a World Bank report, which added that India has one of the lowest female participation rates in the world, ranking 120th among the 13

Efforts to make women’s reservation bill a people’s agenda

In a bid to ensure a speedy passage for the women’s reservation bill (WRB) in Parliament and legislative assemblies, Centre for Social Research (CSR), New Delhi, will galvanise 3,000 pancha

Beyond either-or, a new mode of governance

Several myths surround empowerment of women. A popular, cultural myth in India is that women cannot handle money and power, just as men cannot take care of children. However, when women are asked w

Inside Chandigarh’s first police station for women

It’s 11 in the morning and the road leading to sector 17 in Chandigarh towards the Home Guards building is quiet, almost deserted. But as one enters the building, it is bustling with people.

Trapped in the shadows

Meena, a solemn, raspy-voiced woman in a black salwar-kameez, is gyrating to a Bollywood number with gusto. The vivid range of her expressions counterpoints her lanky frame. Life is limping back to

A president all the way, fighting child labour and, keeping critical info safe

President Pranab Mukherjee, who demits office soon, has been known as a man “of the constitution”, a believer in it, and was called to be its custodian during the last five years. His

Must empower trafficking victims: Fadnavis

 Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has said that human trafficking is a crime against humanity and “the victims lose their dignity and die every day”.  Sp

For her place in the republic

When Charu Wali Khanna had petitioned the supreme court for striking down Article 35A of the constitution, she had wanted restoration of her right as a native of Kashmir to live there. Little did s

For her place in the republic

When Charu Wali Khanna had petitioned the supreme court for striking down Article 35A of the constitution, she had wanted restoration of her right as a native of Kashmir to live there. Little did s

SC bars triple talaq for 6 months, wants legislation

The supreme court on Tuesday struck down triple talaq for six months and asked the government to come out with a legislation on it, a verdict that is going to impact over 180 million Muslims in t

Triple talaq verdict historic, says Modi

Prime minister Narendra Modi described as “historic” the supreme court judgment that struck down triple talaq for a period of six months.   “Judgmen

People of the woods

Incense sticks were lit. Ram Sahay Marawi, 70, was ready to break the coconut over the ground – an auspicious ritual before starting anything new. He along with fellow tribal villagers was wo

Heroine of Hirmathla

A quiet Arab spring led by the veiled womenfolk of Hirmathla is behind making this village in Nuh district, and for that matter, nearly all of Haryana an open defecation free (ODF) zone. Women who

No right to plan their families

Bhadiya from Bhanpur Kheda village does not know her age. She has five children – the eldest one is 12-year-old while the youngest is an infant. Considering she got married in her teens &ndas

Demand for passage of women’s reservation bill

Women’s groups have sought the passage of the women’s reservation bill in the winter session of parliament. According to The National Alliance for Women’s Reservation Bi

Women do more unpaid work than men: ActionAid India

Women spend two to 10 times more time doing unpaid work than men, showed research carried out by ActionAid India. “Invisible Work, Invisible Workers - The Sub-Economies of Unpa

80 percent abortion in India through medicines: Lancet

 Three in four abortions in India are through drugs from chemists and informal vendors rather than from health facilities, said a report in The Lancet. An estimated 15.6 million abor

Five years after Nirbhaya, have things changed?

Far away in the other world, she must be weeping seeing the flames of fire she lit for justice slowly fading. On December 16, 2012, the 23-year-old Delhi woman, better known as Nirbhaya now, wa

Five years after Nirbhaya: A lot needs to be done

Have things changed five years after the Nirbhaya incident? I see Delhi as the capital of protest, not just capital of rape as it is often painted. In terms of legislation,

Why are girls taking the backseat

A lot has been discussed and written over the absence of women from the Indian labour force, and how it affects the economic growth of the country. Even as it seemed the new millennium arrived with

Gender based atrocities happens across the world: Dr Rashmi M Oza

“Gender based discrimination is worldwide and not alone in India. Offences against women are much more severe in cases of international trafficking, forced prostitution and pornography, women

Her many wounds

In the past two months, two girls have faced unspeakable violence. In January, a Dalit schoolgirl in Haryana was gang-raped and murdered. In Jharkand in February, a 15-year-old girl was raped and b

One in every three women receive offensive calls: Survey

One out of every three women in India receive offensive and inappropriate calls or SMSs, reveals a Truecaller report. According to the report ‘Understanding the Impact of Harassment &

How March 8 came to be celebrated as Women’s Day

March 8 is marked and celebrated as International Women’s Day. It celebrates the achievements of the women in different walks of life. India, where countless women leaders have through their

First and equals: Indian women who were the `firsts` in their fields

From Indira Gandhi to justice M Fathima Beevi, from Rita Faria to Mary Kom, Indian women who were the firsts in their chosen field continue to inspire generations of younger women.  

`I am Hindustan. I am Ashamed`

Horrifying details of the rape and murder of a child in Kathua and rape charges by a 17-year-old girl in Unnao against a BJP MLA have triggered protests on social media as well. From celebrities li

Kathua horror: Can we deliver justice to Kathua girl?

The 15-page chargesheet by J&K Police’s crime branch is a chilling revelation of what all is wrong in our society. The eight-year-old girl who was kidnapped, drugged, brutally gang-raped

Can death penalty act as a deterrent for child rapes?

Can death penalty act as a deterrent f

If you’re a woman living in India, be scared, very scared...

India has been ranked as the world’s most dangerous country for women due to the high risk of sexual violence and being forced into slave labour, according to a Thomson Reuters Foundation sur

Stop shooting the messenger

The recent survey commissioned by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, which had ranked India as the most dangerous place on earth for women, has created a serious controversy in India with the governme

India’s #MeToo wave

A year after the #MeToo movement took the Hollywood and the West by storm, skeletons have started tumbling out of India’s closets too. From Bollywood actresses to women journalists, the Twitt

Indian republic @70: Constitutional vision vs. social reality

This 26th of January earmarks the 70th anniversary of the Indian republic. In the 69 years of journey, India has made considerable progress in democratising the society at large. The Constitution o

Sexual harassment at workplace: Let’s look at it from male perspective too

Indian society is in a stage of rapid transition. In case of social development, we as a nation have made progress in various sectors and have repealed, modified and abolished those laws which were

For a healthy tomorrow

When Dr Shruti Kamdi (pictured on left), a transfusion specialist at a leading Mumbai hospital, had her first child, she struggled to nurse her baby as she was unable to secrete enough milk. Admitt

Encouraging STEM education, empowering girls to be tech innovators

India is now the sixth-largest economy in the world, with a 2017 GDP of $2.6 trillion, according to the database of the International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Outlook (WEO) for April 20



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