Kashmir women face hardship fetching water under unpredictable climate change

Kashmir women face hardship fetching water under unpredictable climate change

Faisal Raza Khan – WNN MDG Stories (WNN/PL) Srinagar, KASHMIR: The ceasefire line which divides Pakistan-administered Azad Jammu & Kashmir from Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir lies 23 kilometres away. Life is peaceful today in this part of the disputed region. The sweet fragrance of saffron fills the air. Nearby are snow-capped mountains, fruit orchards and […]

Bangalore India slum kids use open-source software to learn computer skills

Bangalore India slum kids use open-source software to learn computer skills

WNN MDG Stories (WNN/GM) Bangalore, INDIA: When kids from the slum neighborhood of Bengaluru in Bangalore, South India learn to use free computer ‘open-source’ software, they also learn important lessons in freedom and gender equality. For a city full of shopping malls, big glass offices and stylish cars, Bangalore easily represents India’s best place for […]

INDIA: Land rights for women create opportunities and success

INDIA: Land rights for women create opportunities and success

Nita Bhalla – WNN MDG Stories (WNN/TL) AHMEDABAD, India: When the women of Ganeshpura village began their fight for a patch of overgrown wasteland two decades ago, they were mocked by men, scorned by neighbours and ignored by officials in this conservative, patriarchal region of western India. Not only were they women, but they were also […]

India law for witchcraft accusation violence not protecting women

India law for witchcraft accusation violence not protecting women

WNN MDG Stories (WNN/RNW-SAW) INDIA: Teerath is 45 and she lives in Lachkera, a tiny farming hamlet in Chhattisgarh, the nucleus of India’s so-called Maoist belt. The region has a majority tribal population that is finding itself on the wrong side of a resource grab by multinationals backed by government paramilitary forces. But Teerath’s story […]

Renting wombs

Renting wombs

Divya Gupta – WNN MDG Stories (WNN/PL) INDIA “Human beings have two main instincts: the instinct of self-protection and the instinct to reproduce,” says Dr Nayana Patel. And she should know – she has carved out a career matching infertile couples with poor women willing to “rent their wombs”. Beginning with a couple of surrogacies […]