Potential harbingers of female revolution, devolution of power in panchayats isn’t yet seamless

By Moin Qazi* Pride and dignity would belong to women if only men would leave them alone. – Egyptian Proverb During 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 social and … More Potential harbingers of female revolution, devolution of power in panchayats isn’t yet seamless

Facing insults, backed by patriarchal practices, transgender candidates can’t choose their gender

By Sheshu Babu* Though small in number, the transgender community is an integral part of the country. But when elections take place, they are not even considered by most political parties to contest. The first transgender candidate from India’s westernmost state, Gujarat, for the Lok Sabha, Jaysawal Naresh Babulal, said that she would contest the … More Facing insults, backed by patriarchal practices, transgender candidates can’t choose their gender

Exploring beyond the story of Jyoti Singh, journalist documents India’s unreported rape cases

By Payal Mohta* Priyanka Dubey, an award-winning journalist, spent six years researching and documenting India’s unreported rape cases for her new book, “No Nation For Women – Reporting On Rape From India, The World’s Largest Democracy”. Released in India in December, the book was out in the UK and US as well, on 8 March, … More Exploring beyond the story of Jyoti Singh, journalist documents India’s unreported rape cases

Women in Indian prisons do not get gender-specific services, lack basic sanitation, hygiene facilities

India’s well-known civil rights organization Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), in a new report, has sought to highlight the general issues related to women prisoners and their structural exclusion within the prison, even as analysing the monitoring process, legal aid, and accountability of jail staff towards them in the context of procedures laid down … More Women in Indian prisons do not get gender-specific services, lack basic sanitation, hygiene facilities

Gender budgeting in Gujarat: Low priority on women vulnerabilities in patriarchal social structure

Excerpts from “Monitoring the Progress of Sustainable Development Goals in Gujarat: Situation Analysis for Selected Targets from SDG3 and SDG5″, published by Sahaj, Vadodara: The status of women in Gujarat in comparison to some other states with lower Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) than Gujarat shows that it is worse off on many indicators. A study … More Gender budgeting in Gujarat: Low priority on women vulnerabilities in patriarchal social structure

How public health care system is uniquely placed to intervene, prevent violence against women

Society for Women’s Action and Training Initiatives (SWATI and Gujarat Institute for Development Research (GIDR) are organizing a national seminar ‘Violence Against Women a Public Health Concern: Approaches for Rural health Sector Response’ on January 23-24 in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.  It aims to brings  together data from research and evidence from practical experience of public hospital … More How public health care system is uniquely placed to intervene, prevent violence against women

Women’s collectives have become the main locomotives of economic growth in rural areas

By Moin Qazi* Feminism has never been about getting a job for one woman. It’s about making life more fair for women everywhere. It’s not about a piece of the existing pie; there are too many of us for that. It’s about baking a new pie. ― Gloria Steinem Every woman, regardless of her marital status, needs … More Women’s collectives have become the main locomotives of economic growth in rural areas