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Why Indian women are under-nourished

Girls getting less food than boys was always considered a societal stereotype in India. A study has shown that it is unfortunately true. It has also highlighted a key deficiency in our policy appro

How dare you trivialise rape?

It is outrageous that rape and rape survivors are being taken so lightly. It is as if rape has been turned into some kind of a flippant drawing room conversation and we have stooped so low as to de

For healthy and mature future leaders

In a bid to educate the adolescent population of India – the largest in the world, the health ministry, in partnership with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), rolled out a na

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.

On Good Governance Day, let’s consider the case of half of India!

Seventy years of independence and the questions and issues raised have not changed and the most astounding fact is that neither are the answers! So this Good Governance Day (December 25), as a woma

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.  

NHRC notice to Yogi govt over custodial death of rape victim’ father

Taking note of media reports about the mysterious death of a rape victim’s father who was in custody at a jail in Unnao, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to the

“There`s no hope for that country where there is no estimation of women…”

An eight-year-old infant in Kathua of Jammu and Kashmir was kidnapped, drugged and gang-raped for eight days and then murdered. After a young woman accused the local MLA of rape, her father is thra

Muzaffarpur, in news for gang-rape, was once touched by Mahatma

On April 18, 1917, in a rare deposition before the Motihari court after he was arraigned on the charges of defying the government’s order, Mahatma Gandhi said, “I have disregarded the o

A gender perspective on migration

Khohar, a village located in Alwar district of Rajasthan, nestled in the foothills of Aravalis, is home to 154 families, most of whom are farmers by profession. The village has a large adult popu

A campaign to make more women tech-savvy

To enable women to be tech-savvy so as to be able to easily use technology in their daily life, Maharashtra State Commission for Women (MSCW) is organizing a ‘Digital Literacy Abhiyan’

From Jal Shakti to Jal Prabandhan

This piece is based on a previous article by the authors published in Geoforum [Elsevier] in May 2019: available online:

Women’s panel seeks CJI intervention over rape-murder convict’s penalty

The Maharashtra State Commission for Women has urged the chief justice of India to take suo moto action in the matter of the Bombay high court converting to life imprisonment the death sentence of

POSH: Level-playing field for all, women and men

The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 (“POSH”) was enacted in 2013. Seven years since then, fears of misuse are rife. Are the fea

Bihar results: Crime quotient goes up, gender gap widens

About 68 percent of the winners in the Bihar assembly elections have declared criminal cases against themselves – and 51 percent have declared serious criminal cases including cases related t

“Self-built, incremental housing by people themselves should be encouraged”

Home. One word with so many connotations. For urban poor women, shelter is the answer to a wide range of problems, and the single solution to a better future. For the women working in the informal

How Fahmidaben found her voice – and helped her neighbours

Fahmidaben’s father was a labourer and mother a maid. She had three sisters and one brother. When the gas tragedy struck Bhopal in 1984, the family was among those affected. When a gas tank b

How Odisha is paving the way for gender mainstreaming in urban governance

There are two parallel narratives to India’s growth story. While one is steering towards achieving rapid economic growth, aiming for the $5 trillion economy, the other, in stark contrast, is

Collective role of women elected representatives: A powerful instrument for good rural governance

Local governance is the base of rural development and comprises of mechanisms, process, and institutions through which citizen and groups articulate their interests, exercise their legal rights, me

Maharashtra scaling up measures to help startups

In 2018 to preserve and build a cost-efficient supply chain for agro-produce and to empower rural women and farmers, the Maharashtra government entered into a pilot project with S4S Technologie

Maharashtra prevents 790 child marriages during pandemic

Maharashtra has been successful in preventing 790 child marriages during the Covid-19 pandemic. Building on that success, women and child development minister Yashomati Thakur has launched a state-

A deeply felt meditation on girlhood

GIRLHOOD By Melissa Febos Bloomsbury / 336 pages Melissa Febos wowed readers and critics with her ‘Whip Smart: A Memoir’ (2010). I

How to raise a gender-sensitive generation

Awakening the Rainmaker: A Guide to Gender Equality

Maharashtra to provide Rs 468Cr for WCD schemes from DPDC

The Maharashtra government has approved provision of 3% funds under the District Annual Plan for empowerment of women and children in every district through the Department of Women and Child Develo

How inequality keeps rising amid pandemic – and is killing people

The world’s ten richest men more than doubled their fortunes from $700 billion to $1.5 trillion (at a rate of $15,000 per second or $1.3 billion a day) during the first two years of a pandemi

On Women’s Day, reading for a more equal world

A World of Equals: A Textbook on Gender Edited by Susie Tharu, A. Suneetha and Uma Maheswari Bhrugubanda

Climate change and women: What India needs to do

India is likely to be the most impacted country by the effects of climate change and the most impacted large country.The IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report on Climate Change (2021) outlines speed

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What the PEW report tells us about gender attitudes in India

The PEW Research Center released a report on the Indian attitudes towards gender roles, at home and at society at large. The findings are based on a survey of around 30,000 people conducted in 2019

Women in workforce: Despite policy support, why it is declining

Michelle Obama once said, “No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens.” That should be

These tribal women may be illiterate but are successful entrepreneurs

Meet Promila Krishna, 39, Lalita Nayak, 40, Parbati Gadba, 42, Sanadei Dhuruwa, 39, and Nabita Barika, 41, of Kundra block in Odisha’s Koraput district. Except for Promila who is a matriculat

Visionary Talk: Amitabh Gupta, Pune Police Commissioner with Kailashnath Adhikari, MD, Governance Now


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