Is there a North-South Divide in Gender Equality in India?

By Jeemol Unni* Ahmedabad University organized an interesting online conversation on the gender differences in the North, South, East and West India (February 10, 2021). Alice Evans, King’s College, was in conversation with Jeemol Unni, Ahmedabad University. Listen to the conversation here. The starting point was Alice Evans’ blog on ‘Why are North and South … Continue reading Is there a North-South Divide in Gender Equality in India?

Uttarakhand’s historic decision for women’s empowerment

By Vidya Bhushan Rawat* Uttarakhand has become the first state in India to have given women right over ancestral property. This is a landmark initiative taken by the state government and must be complimented for it. According to government's own assessment, over thirty five lakh women are going to be benefitted from this. At the … Continue reading Uttarakhand’s historic decision for women’s empowerment

Solidarity with women fighting to end Female Genital Mutilation in India

National Alliance of People’s Movement’s (NAPM’s) solidarity statement for women leading the struggle to end the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) in India and across the world says that the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) must take cognizance of the matter and the unconstitutional practice must be banned in India, in consultation with organizations … Continue reading Solidarity with women fighting to end Female Genital Mutilation in India

Areas of concern: Girls’ participation in secondary education, regional, social disparities

Excerpts from the Policy Brief on Girls' Education by Right to Education (RTE) Forum: The Right to Education Act in India was a major turning point for school education, it made education a fundamental right for children in the age group 6 to 14. The Act brought positive changes in the school education system which … Continue reading Areas of concern: Girls’ participation in secondary education, regional, social disparities

Why are we splitting hairs on making marital rape a punishable offence?

By Sanjeev Sirohi* Without mincing any words and coming straight to the heart of the matter, let me say this from the bottom of my heart that I fully support the burgeoning demand for making marital rape an offence. A rape is a rape. A husband who is supposed to protect his wife and take … Continue reading Why are we splitting hairs on making marital rape a punishable offence?

How Sheba George and her fellow activists prepare critical mass of women leaders

By Drishti Raj* Women have been taught very early on in their lives to base their identity on everything else other than herself. Patriarchy teaches women to be a daughter, sister, wife and then a mother, and devoid her of become an individual with a sense of identity. Slowly and steadily, throughout her life, a … Continue reading How Sheba George and her fellow activists prepare critical mass of women leaders

Nishastra: A blend of techniques, real-life experiences shared by survivors of sexual violence

By Ankit Meena* Violence against women is globally pervasive and exists in every country. It cuts across all the boundaries of caste, culture, education, income, age, and ethnicity. The worst manifestations of it, however, can be seen in developing or underdeveloped countries of the world, especially South Asia where women and girls are born into … Continue reading Nishastra: A blend of techniques, real-life experiences shared by survivors of sexual violence