A thumbprint isn’t enough: Why rural women artisans need to open Demat accounts

By Sumita Ghose Bikaner district, Rajasthan: Dhanni Bai ( Name changed to maintain confidentiality) learned hand embroidery from her mother and aunts when she was a young girl. She practised it as a hobby for many years, and in 2007 she started producing embroidered products for rangSutra, an artisan-owned crafts company. She also took the opportunity … Continue reading A thumbprint isn’t enough: Why rural women artisans need to open Demat accounts

Transgender women may finding some respect in India, but hijras remain stigmatized

By Liz Mount* The confirmation of Rachel Levine, the first openly transgender federal official in the U.S., as assistant secretary to Department of Health and Human Services, showed the progress toward acceptance that transgender people have recently made in many parts of the world. Despite intense pushback, trans people all over the world are finding more courage to live openly. There … Continue reading Transgender women may finding some respect in India, but hijras remain stigmatized

Welfare and empowerment of women suffer due to lack of adequate Budgetary support

By Bharat Dogra Recent times have been extremely difficult for weaker sections in India due to not just the pandemic but several highly adverse policy decisions as well. Within weaker sections it is often the women who suffer more and face the most difficulties and distress in managing essential household expenses at times of eroding … Continue reading Welfare and empowerment of women suffer due to lack of adequate Budgetary support

Gender and Union budget 2022-23: Silence on concerns of social protection

By IMPRI Team Research has shown that, globally, women had to disproportionately bear the brunt of the Covid-19 pandemic. In India, Female Labour Force Participation fell to a historic low of 21% in 2019, and gender disparity widened across employment, health, political participation, and education. Given the precarious condition of Indian women, it is imperative … Continue reading Gender and Union budget 2022-23: Silence on concerns of social protection

Curbing increase in liquor consumption: Women-led movements show the way

Dharna at clock tower Saharanpur during anti liquer movement of Pather in 1993 By Bharat Dogra*                  Fast increase in liquor consumption is a matter of increasing concern.The WHO Status Report on Alcohol  points out that while per capita consumption of alcohol at present is highest in developed countries like the USA and European … Continue reading Curbing increase in liquor consumption: Women-led movements show the way

Successful women leaders inspire, share stories at global healthcare summit

By Ajay Ghosh* “A woman is defined by her courage and self-confidence,” Dr. Tejaswini Manogna, Miss India-Earth 2019 and the titleholder of Divine Miss Earth India 2019, in her eloquent and inspiring keynote address at the Women’s Forum told the hundreds of American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) delegates during the Global Healthcare … Continue reading Successful women leaders inspire, share stories at global healthcare summit

Gujarat women widowed during Covid-19 struggle to access their land rights

By Karen Pineiro, Poonam Kathuria* The still unfolding COVID-19 pandemic exacted a heavy toll in rural India during the second wave. It led to more deaths than the first wave, and rural fatalities were disproportionately higher among men compared to women. Rural Gujarat, where we work, saw a 22 percent increase in fatalities at the peak of the second wave, even … Continue reading Gujarat women widowed during Covid-19 struggle to access their land rights