In solidarity with women who bravely spoke up about their experiences of sexual harassment

Gujarat Mahila Manch Statement in solidarity with survivors of sexual harassment, especially in Gujarat: Gujarat Mahila Manch is extremely pained and disturbed by the traumatic accounts of women’s sexual harassment and strongly condemns such rampant sexism and misogyny in civil society organisations (CSOs). We also condemn the sexual harassment that goes unchecked in CSOs promoting a culture of silence or … More In solidarity with women who bravely spoke up about their experiences of sexual harassment

When gold prices go up, so does the cost of a dowry – and baby girl survival rates in India fall

By Sonia Bhalotra* When world gold prices go up, fewer girl babies in India survive the first month of life, according to our new research. My colleagues and I suggest that this is linked to gold often being part of bridal dowries in India – so when gold prices go up, the cost of raising girls … More When gold prices go up, so does the cost of a dowry – and baby girl survival rates in India fall

As LGBT groups celebrate, there is considerable distance between court decision and societal norms

By Harsh Kapoor* In four separate and combined judgments on September 6, 2018, in the Navtej Singh Johar case a constitution bench of the Supreme Court of India ruled that the section 377 of Indian Penal Code (a colonial era provision from 1860) was discriminatory to the extent that it penalised consensual sex between adults … More As LGBT groups celebrate, there is considerable distance between court decision and societal norms

Triple Talaq ordinance would target a community, used as a weapon to harass, arrest Muslim men

The Union Cabinet last week cleared an ordinance making Triple Talaq a criminal offence inviting up to three years’ imprisonment and fines. It says that the crime will be taken into cognizance only when the woman herself or a blood relative files a complaint, adding, the case may be dropped if the duo reaches a … More Triple Talaq ordinance would target a community, used as a weapon to harass, arrest Muslim men

Present system of patriarchy is mostly contributing to high women’s suicide death rate in India

By Sheshu Babu* While many reports indicate women face immense hardships in their lives, there is one more report indicating their distress. Almost four in 10 women who commit suicide are from India:  71.2% of women who commit suicide were under the group 15-39 age group between 1990-2016, according to the findings published in a … More Present system of patriarchy is mostly contributing to high women’s suicide death rate in India

India must ensure, those marginalized on the basis of sexual orientation, gender are fully protected

Human Rights Watch statement on Supreme Court striking down Section 177 of India’s penal code: India’s landmark Supreme Court decision that criminalizing consensual same-sex conduct is unconstitutional is a major victory for human rights and the LGBT people’s rights to privacy and non-discrimination in the world’s second most populous country. The decision on September 6, 2018 strikes down … More India must ensure, those marginalized on the basis of sexual orientation, gender are fully protected

Farm yields in India can increase by 20% if women get decision-making powers on productive assets

By Moin Qazi* Gender remains a critically important but largely ignored lens to view development issues across the world. Gender inequality is not only a pressing moral and social issue but also a critical economic challenge. India has a larger relative economic value at stake in advancing gender equality. However, despite some significant gains, some gaps remain. Although … More Farm yields in India can increase by 20% if women get decision-making powers on productive assets