Empowering women, gender equality are the most cost effective ways to ensure food security

By Sheshu Babu* One of the major goals to be achieved in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) policy by countries globally is ‘ food security.’ The UNDP made a ‘universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity’  in the year 2016 and India was one … More Empowering women, gender equality are the most cost effective ways to ensure food security

Why degrading female members of someone’s family is considered the highest form of insult

By Sheshu Babu* One of the best forms of effective and precise communication   is language. It not only exposes one’s mood and state of mind but also ability to choose words for expressing the intended meaning. While there are many effective ‘good’ words to indicate happiness and joy, there are few words which hurt certain … More Why degrading female members of someone’s family is considered the highest form of insult

UP sugarcane farms: Women contribute labour as much as males, yet aren’t recognised as farmers

Excerpts from the Oxfam India discussion paper “Human Cost of Sugar: A farm-to-mill assessment of sugar supply chain in Uttar Pradesh” Women farmers covered under the study were found working as shadow farmers, without decision making power. While women farmers contribute their labour as much as male farmers do they are not recognised as farmers. … More UP sugarcane farms: Women contribute labour as much as males, yet aren’t recognised as farmers

Women’s mobile phone usage stirs questions about “purity” prior to marriage, other worries

Excerpts from “A Tough Call: Understanding barriers to and impacts of women’s mobile phone adoption in India”, by Giorgia Barboni, Erica Field, Rohini Pande, Natalia Rigol, Simone Schaner, and Charity Troyer Moore, published by Harvard Kennedy School: Today in India, 71% of men own mobile phones, but only 38% of women do. South Asian countries … More Women’s mobile phone usage stirs questions about “purity” prior to marriage, other worries

In solidarity with women who bravely spoke up about their experiences of sexual harassment

Gujarat Mahila Manch Statement in solidarity with survivors of sexual harassment, especially in Gujarat: Gujarat Mahila Manch is extremely pained and disturbed by the traumatic accounts of women’s sexual harassment and strongly condemns such rampant sexism and misogyny in civil society organisations (CSOs). We also condemn the sexual harassment that goes unchecked in CSOs promoting a culture of silence or … More In solidarity with women who bravely spoke up about their experiences of sexual harassment

When gold prices go up, so does the cost of a dowry – and baby girl survival rates in India fall

By Sonia Bhalotra* When world gold prices go up, fewer girl babies in India survive the first month of life, according to our new research. My colleagues and I suggest that this is linked to gold often being part of bridal dowries in India – so when gold prices go up, the cost of raising girls … More When gold prices go up, so does the cost of a dowry – and baby girl survival rates in India fall

As LGBT groups celebrate, there is considerable distance between court decision and societal norms

By Harsh Kapoor* In four separate and combined judgments on September 6, 2018, in the Navtej Singh Johar case a constitution bench of the Supreme Court of India ruled that the section 377 of Indian Penal Code (a colonial era provision from 1860) was discriminatory to the extent that it penalised consensual sex between adults … More As LGBT groups celebrate, there is considerable distance between court decision and societal norms