Gender budgeting in Gujarat: Low priority on women vulnerabilities in patriarchal social structure

Excerpts from “Monitoring the Progress of Sustainable Development Goals in Gujarat: Situation Analysis for Selected Targets from SDG3 and SDG5″, published by Sahaj, Vadodara: The status of women in Gujarat in comparison to some other states with lower Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) than Gujarat shows that it is worse off on many indicators. A study … More Gender budgeting in Gujarat: Low priority on women vulnerabilities in patriarchal social structure

How public health care system is uniquely placed to intervene, prevent violence against women

Society for Women’s Action and Training Initiatives (SWATI and Gujarat Institute for Development Research (GIDR) are organizing a national seminar ‘Violence Against Women a Public Health Concern: Approaches for Rural health Sector Response’ on January 23-24 in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.  It aims to brings  together data from research and evidence from practical experience of public hospital … More How public health care system is uniquely placed to intervene, prevent violence against women

Women’s collectives have become the main locomotives of economic growth in rural areas

By Moin Qazi* Feminism has never been about getting a job for one woman. It’s about making life more fair for women everywhere. It’s not about a piece of the existing pie; there are too many of us for that. It’s about baking a new pie. ― Gloria Steinem Every woman, regardless of her marital status, needs … More Women’s collectives have become the main locomotives of economic growth in rural areas

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