My birth is tragic accident. Perhaps, love is dormant for people like us. We are twice-untouchables

By Nutan* Love has sexuality. It comes with conditions and it is impenetrable to homophobic minds — which includes your family too — mother, sister, brothers all gang up to end the pursuits of your life. I was born in a male body. But nothing else made me feel like a male. My feelings were … More My birth is tragic accident. Perhaps, love is dormant for people like us. We are twice-untouchables

Indian police does not create enabling environment for women personnel, nor is it gender-friendly

Excerpts from the chapter “Gender and Police” in the recently released report, “Status of Policing in India Report 2019”, Published by Common Cause & Lokniti – Centre for the Study Developing Societies (CSDS), which is based on a countrywide sample of 2416 (20%) women out of the total of 11836 police personnel interviewed: The representation … More Indian police does not create enabling environment for women personnel, nor is it gender-friendly

Female entrepreneurs such as Godavari are finding creative ways to carve out a space in marketplace

By Moin Qazi* The poor themselves can create a poverty-free world all we have to do is to free them from the chains that we have put around them. – Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus I have spent most of my entire professional career providing loans to poor women, and have constantly been amazed at their … More Female entrepreneurs such as Godavari are finding creative ways to carve out a space in marketplace

Women’s cooperatives, less than 2% of total in India, need to ensure they don’t lose out in market share

The Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), held a workshop in Ahmedabad on August 8-9 with the participation of representatives from the SEWA Cooperative Federation, SEWA Bharat (SEWA’s national federation), International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) and the International Labour Organization (ILO), 42 grassroots women leaders of 21 cooperatives from 12 Indian states, and two participants from Iran’s Rah-e-Roshd Cooperative … More Women’s cooperatives, less than 2% of total in India, need to ensure they don’t lose out in market share

A cry for help from the womb: Need to strengthen the politico-economic presence of women

By Mahima Rastogi* At a very young age, I learned about gender inequality that pervades our society. I was just six when my sister was born and my elation knew no bounds. However, I was bewildered that my sister was not welcomed with excitement and enthusiasm by some. Back then, I wasn’t able to comprehend … More A cry for help from the womb: Need to strengthen the politico-economic presence of women

Social status of Dalits men has improved marginally with time, but condition of women is standstill

By Tanvi Khandelwal* Last month I watched a movie named “Article 15” which is based on caste discrimination and inequality among various ladders of society. The storyline of film revolves around IPS officer Ayan Ranjan (played by Ayushman Khurana) and how he unravels cases of caste discrimination such as gang rape, untouchability and physical tortures … More Social status of Dalits men has improved marginally with time, but condition of women is standstill

Need to comprehensively integrate gender and sexualities into Draft New Education Policy

Recommendations by a collective of women’s groups, queer groups, NGOs, students, and academics working in the field of gender, sexuality and education on the on the Government of India’s Draft New Education Policy (DNEP) 2019 from the gender and sexuality perspective: We, a collective of women’s groups, queer groups, NGOs, students, and academics working in … More Need to comprehensively integrate gender and sexualities into Draft New Education Policy