Why should rural Indian women need to compete more actively in the present political game

By Moin Qazi* Men and women should own the world as a mutual possession. ― Pearl S. Buck Structural barriers and discriminatory social norms continue to constrain women’s decision-making power and political participation in rural households and communities. Women and girls in rural areas lack equal access to productive resources and assets, public services, such as … More Why should rural Indian women need to compete more actively in the present political game

Caste: A crucial disabling factor in India which led to control of both male and female sexuality

By V Santhakumar* My hunch is that Indians have a somewhat unique uneasiness with matters related to sex. I wish to explore the nature of this uneasiness and speculate on possible causes, in this essay. This uneasiness reflects in multiple ways. These include men’s coercive sexual behaviour towards females. The incidents of rape and associated … More Caste: A crucial disabling factor in India which led to control of both male and female sexuality

How can a woman’s sexual history or character decide in adjudication of cases of sexual assault?

Women’s groups’ and individuals’ statement on recent Punjab and Haryana High Court and Delhi High Court verdicts on rape: In the wake of the protests following the 2012 Delhi gangrape, India had witnessed a welcome sharpening of understanding around sexual violence and consent. Legal reform recognized the principle of affirmative consent – i.e the principle … More How can a woman’s sexual history or character decide in adjudication of cases of sexual assault?

Women bear greater brunt of poverty in India’s deeply entrenched patriarchal system

By Moin Qazi* A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult. — Melinda Gates We live in a world in which women living in poverty face gross inequalities and injustice from birth to death. The global statistics on poverty are numbing. … More Women bear greater brunt of poverty in India’s deeply entrenched patriarchal system

Mountain women of ecologically fragile Hindu Kush Himalayas bear the brunt of climate change

By Juhi Chaudhary* It is widely recognised that climate change effects take the heaviest toll on the vulnerable and the poor. These impacts are exacerbated if the affected person is a woman. A recent study by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) sheds light on the disproportionate levels of adversities women and girls … More Mountain women of ecologically fragile Hindu Kush Himalayas bear the brunt of climate change

Self help groups are vital institutions for ending poverty, improving financial security of women

By Moin Qazi* We live in a world in which women living in poverty face gross inequalities and injustice from birth to death. From poor education to poor nutrition to vulnerable and low pay employment, the sequence of discrimination that a woman may suffer during her entire life is unacceptable but all too common. Societies … More Self help groups are vital institutions for ending poverty, improving financial security of women