India’s health systems exclude LGBTQ+ people. This needs to change

By Deepak S Nikarthil, Saahil Kejriwal Inequality is one of the most defining characteristics of Indian society and economy. An area that demonstrates this is healthcare—health outcomes in India continue to be closely tied to socio-economic status, identity, and community. Combinations of complex barriers are responsible for the exclusion of the most vulnerable communities from … Continue reading India’s health systems exclude LGBTQ+ people. This needs to change

AAPI’s panel discussion explores ways to stop domestic violence

Anupama Gotimukula, Seema Arora Women’s Committee of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) organised a web conference on ways to prevent domestic violence. A note: An international web-conference on Ways to Prevent Domestic Violence, with renowned speakers from across the United States and India was organized by the Women’s Committee of the … Continue reading AAPI’s panel discussion explores ways to stop domestic violence

RTI reveals significant gender gap in opening of PM Jan Dhan Yojana bank accounts

By Venkatesh Nayak* Readers may recall reading my despatch from earlier this month about the data discrepancy in the implementation of the scheme of ex gratia payment of INR 500 (i.e., US$ 20 where every US$ 1 = INR 74.69 as on 26th March, 2020) per month to more than 20 crore (200 million) women under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY) COVID-19 relief … Continue reading RTI reveals significant gender gap in opening of PM Jan Dhan Yojana bank accounts

Championing the cause of menstrual hygiene in rural Madhya Pradesh

By Asees Kaur* 'Menstruation is the only blood that is not born from violence, yet it's the one that disgusts you the most.' - Maia Schwartz Menstruation has been a taboo topic from time eternal especially in India. The archaic view that this natural cycle is a 'curse,' 'impure,' and 'dirty' is still widely prevalent in … Continue reading Championing the cause of menstrual hygiene in rural Madhya Pradesh

Here I come breaking the shackles: ‘Inclusion in developed countries’

A Pride Month rally By Vaibhav Singh* Today, more Indian youths are accepting homosexuality and queer identities than ever before, but acceptance of their sexuality and the freedom to openly express their gender choices remain a constant struggle for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) people within the confines of their families, homes, and schools. … Continue reading Here I come breaking the shackles: ‘Inclusion in developed countries’

Humsafar which helps break stigma around women to end marriage because of violence

Shahira Naim By Abhishek Raj* Formed in 2003 in Lucknow as a support centre for women, Humsafar has been actively involved with issues related to women rights and their upliftment. The group got registered as a trust in 2008 and has been a pioneer advocating for women's rights and gender equality. It has constantly raised … Continue reading Humsafar which helps break stigma around women to end marriage because of violence