Women panchayat leaders today aren’t just mouthpieces for their politically-savvy husbands

By Moin Qazi* In the last two decades, the gender landscape in rural India has been slowly greening and women are now on the cusp of a powerful social and political revolution. The harbinger of this change is a unique policy experiment in village-level governance that has brought transformative results for the weakest of the … More Women panchayat leaders today aren’t just mouthpieces for their politically-savvy husbands

A British Court of Appeal ruling that disregards the accounts of many minority women

British civil rights organizations, Southall Black Sisters (SBS) and One Law for All, comment on the United Kingdom’s Court of Appeal ruling that women who are unable to register their marriage in accordance with the law are not entitled to financial remedies on the break-up of their marriage: On the 13th and 14th November 2019, Southall Black … More A British Court of Appeal ruling that disregards the accounts of many minority women

How women along transboundary Mahakali river found their ways to get around resistance

By Minket Lepcha* “Cackling hens.” Till very recently, the women of far western Nepal were so used to this derisive comment whenever they opened their mouths that they never did. But there is a change in the mountain air. Women living along the transboundary Mahakali River that marks the western border of Nepal with India … More How women along transboundary Mahakali river found their ways to get around resistance

Ambedkar enacted Buddhist strategies,wanted dalit women to be leaders of their struggle

By Yogesh Maitreya* Even before I was born, in my house there were images of the Buddha and Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. My grandmother, I vividly remember, used to light incense sticks and candles in front of their images in the early morning and late evening. She also used to attend daily prayers at the Buddha … More Ambedkar enacted Buddhist strategies,wanted dalit women to be leaders of their struggle

Participating in Ambedkarite movement, Dalit women rebuild history through songs

By Yogesh Maitreya* “Majhi aaji manhayachi Ovi hee jatya warr, Bhim banala sawali Koti koti chya mathywar” (My grandmother used to sing This couplet while working the stone grinder Bhim has become a shelter Over the heads of millions.) The lines above are from Majhi Aaji, a poem by Kiran Sonwane, whose most popular version … More Participating in Ambedkarite movement, Dalit women rebuild history through songs

Hidden ordeal of hardships endured by rural women during pregnancy and childbirth

Excerpts from the Jaccha Baccha-Survey (JABS) of pregnant and nursing women in rural India conducted in June 2019, coordinated by Jean Drèze, Reetika Khera and Anmol Somanchi The Jaccha-Baccha Survey (JABS), conducted by student volunteers in June 2019, took place in six states: Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh. In each … More Hidden ordeal of hardships endured by rural women during pregnancy and childbirth

Sharia law in Britain shows women are traumatised and humiliated in a system weighted against them

Statement by Pragna Patel and Janaya Walker of Southall Black Sisters and Gita Sahgal and Maryam Namazie of the One Law for All head of the 12/13 November intervention in a case (Akhter v Khan) in United Kingdom  and call for protest outside the Court of Appeal on those days at 9.30 am: As part … More Sharia law in Britain shows women are traumatised and humiliated in a system weighted against them