Women grow 80% of India’s food – but new farm laws overlook their struggles

By Bansari Kamdar*, Shreyasee Das** Indian women are left behind on farms to make ends meet as more men in India migrate from rural areas to cities, seeking higher incomes and better jobs. Nearly 75% of the full-time workers on Indian farms are women, according to the international humanitarian group OXFAM. Female farmers produce 60% … Continue reading Women grow 80% of India’s food – but new farm laws overlook their struggles

Understanding Agency, Autonomy and Patriarchal Violence in India

A National Alliance of People’s Movement (NAPM) note, prepared during the Feminist Week of Resistance and Reflections (March 7 to 14) marking the International Women’s Day and the Savitri Bai Phule’s Death Anniversary, on (a) recognition of personhood by the state and judiciary through legal frameworks; (b) implementation and lived Experience: some ground realities; and (c) claiming agency … Continue reading Understanding Agency, Autonomy and Patriarchal Violence in India

Gendered dimensions, impacts of suicide bereavement: Exploring lived experiences

Dr Nandini Murali By Simi Mehta, Anshula Mehta According to World Health Organization (WHO), every 40 seconds, a person dies by suicide. Globally, the number of men dying by suicide is much higher than women, which means that most women are left behind to bear the suicide loss. The gendered nature of the impact of … Continue reading Gendered dimensions, impacts of suicide bereavement: Exploring lived experiences

Gang rape exposes caste violence in India and the limits of #MeToo

By Deeplina Banerjee* After details of a violent gang rape in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh, were released to the public last year, protests broke out all over India. The story of four upper-caste men brutalizing a 19-year old Dalit woman, and her subsequent death from injuries sent shock waves throughout the country. It set off new conversations about … Continue reading Gang rape exposes caste violence in India and the limits of #MeToo

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