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

Female Activity Participation Ratio in India much higher in all regions, in almost all activities

A recent action research, “Invisible Work Invisible Workers: The Sub-Economies of Unpaid Work and Paid Work”, sponsored by UN Women, and anchored by Action Aid India Association, with the help of the Centre for Development Research and Action, seeks to investigate the tangled issue of women’s unpaid work on the basis of interviews with 2,861 … More Female Activity Participation Ratio in India much higher in all regions, in almost all activities

Need for paradigm shift in attitude from widows as recipients of doles to entitlement approach

A report was prepared of a committee set up by the Supreme Court of India, vide judgment dated August 11, 2017 in Writ Petition (Civil) No. 659 of 2007 on widows of Vrindavan. Accepted by the court, the expert committee which prepared the report consisted of Suneeta Dhar (Jagori), , Meera Khanna (Guild of Service), … More Need for paradigm shift in attitude from widows as recipients of doles to entitlement approach

Shanavi’s ordeal: Is this how Central govt seeking to implement Supreme Court’s NALSA judgment?

Statement by Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) seeking justice for Shanavi Ponnusamy, and condemning gender discrimination and transphobia: Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) strongly condemns the denial of a job by Air India to Shanavi Ponnusamy on account of her identifying herself as a transwoman. In a shameful but … More Shanavi’s ordeal: Is this how Central govt seeking to implement Supreme Court’s NALSA judgment?