Hidden ordeal of hardships endured by rural women during pregnancy and childbirth

Excerpts from the Jaccha Baccha-Survey (JABS) of pregnant and nursing women in rural India conducted in June 2019, coordinated by Jean Drèze, Reetika Khera and Anmol Somanchi The Jaccha-Baccha Survey (JABS), conducted by student volunteers in June 2019, took place in six states: Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh. In each … More Hidden ordeal of hardships endured by rural women during pregnancy and childbirth

Sharia law in Britain shows women are traumatised and humiliated in a system weighted against them

Statement by Pragna Patel and Janaya Walker of Southall Black Sisters and Gita Sahgal and Maryam Namazie of the One Law for All head of the 12/13 November intervention in a case (Akhter v Khan) in United Kingdom  and call for protest outside the Court of Appeal on those days at 9.30 am: As part … More Sharia law in Britain shows women are traumatised and humiliated in a system weighted against them

Assam tea women workers bear the heaviest burdens: A double marginalization

Excerpts from Oxfam report “Addressing the Human Cost of Assam Tea: An agenda for change to respect, protect and fulfil human rights on Assam tea plantations”: Assam’s women tea workers are doubly marginalized – firstly as isolated and unassimilated descendants of migrant labourers, and secondly as women. Oxfam’s experience suggests that traditionally people with low … More Assam tea women workers bear the heaviest burdens: A double marginalization

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