From ragpickers to entrepreneurs: How women in this Maharashtra village are empowering themselves

By Moin Qazi* I vividly remember my moment of epiphany. It was a balmy afternoon in early 1996 in Warora, a small township in northern Maharashtra. I was posted as a manager of my bank’s branch, dealing mostly with rural clients. I was busy trawling through the day’s mail and going about my tasks.Although transactions … More From ragpickers to entrepreneurs: How women in this Maharashtra village are empowering themselves

86 injuries… a count in Surat… what a count… how did they count… why would they count…

Poem by Ayesha Khan, “86 injuries”,  in response to rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl in Surat, who “suffered” 86 injury marks on her private parts: a day afteror perhaps somedays or years afteror perhaps a month or two after or perhaps a moment afterrandhikpur, kathua, kutch, kopardi, patan, delhi, bhateri, jind, unnao, nagaon, nellie, suryanelli…(it happened/s everywhere – america, … More 86 injuries… a count in Surat… what a count… how did they count… why would they count…

FGM/C or Khafd: Women suffer in silence owing to the stigma around talking about their sexuality

Executive summary of “The Clitoral Hood A Contested Site: Khafd or Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) in India”, a project by Lakshmi Anantnarayan, Shabana Diler, Natasha Menon in collaboration with WeSpeakOut & Nari Samata Manch, funded by Maharashtra Foundation & Amplify Change: Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) amongst Bohras in India has gained systematic public attention since … More FGM/C or Khafd: Women suffer in silence owing to the stigma around talking about their sexuality

PRIs are just a beginning for transforming rural India by engendering a gender revolution

By Moin Qazi* Not long after Nirmala Geghate took over as sarpanch in Wanoja, a remote hamlet in northern Maharashtra, groups of young men stopped hanging out in front of the shop at the village square, where they used to ogle and catcall female laborers who walked by in dusty saris. There were several ripple … More PRIs are just a beginning for transforming rural India by engendering a gender revolution

Follow Morocco’s new Islamic family law, a joint product of religious scholars and women activists

By Moin Qazi Of all the lawful acts the most detestable to God is divorce. – Prophet Muhammad [This an authentic saying recorded by Abdullah ibn Umar, a highly respected companion of the prophet in an authoritative treatise “Divorce (Kitab Al-Talaq)” of Sunan Abu-Dawud (Ref. 63-2173)] India is currently mired in a war between theology … More Follow Morocco’s new Islamic family law, a joint product of religious scholars and women activists

Savitribai’s rich legacy: Fight against superstition and pollution around birth, menstruation, death…

By HS Anupama* Global warming and climate change are true. But, along with water bodies, it seems like people’s conscience is also drying up. It is not only the rivers that are polluted with poisonous wastes disposed by the industries, even people’s mind seems to have been contaminated with poisonous thoughts. Controlling children, women, and … More Savitribai’s rich legacy: Fight against superstition and pollution around birth, menstruation, death…

Women bear greater brunt of poverty in India where patriarchal system is deeply entrenched

By Moin Qazi* “We know that women and girls have a unique power to reshape societies. When you invest in a woman’s health and empowerment, it has a ripple effect, helping families, communities, and countries achieve long-lasting benefits.” – Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Women and girls play a lesser recognised role as drivers of growth … More Women bear greater brunt of poverty in India where patriarchal system is deeply entrenched