India's Farming Women Use Cameras to Share Lessons

India's Farming Women Use Cameras to Share Lessons

Bianca Vázquez Toness – Bloomberg Businessweek – Wednesday November 26, 2014 Kavita Devi has spent 50 years farming the way her elders taught her. Until recently, that meant working other people’s land in the northeastern Indian village of Gosaibigha in exchange for 10 pounds of rice once a season. But since July, twice a month she’s been […]

These women helped power India’s mission to Mars

These women helped power India’s mission to Mars

Devjyot Ghoshal – Quatz  – Tuesday, 30 September 2014 (originally published 24 Sept) The face of India’s space program has always been a man. The seven chairmen, including the incumbent, of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)—India’s equivalent of NASA—have all been men, and it is typically male scientists who front the serious press conferences ISRO conducts after […]

After Changing Mindsets, Haryana Village Wants to Change Name

After Changing Mindsets, Haryana Village Wants to Change Name

Harpreet Banjawa –  New Indian Express – Monday, 15 September 2014 (originally published 14 Sept) CHANDIGARH: In a state infamous for its skewed gender ratio and honour killings, the village of Bibipur in khapland Jind is a comforting anomaly. Honoured with the National Award for Gaurav Gram Sabha in 2013 for organising the first women’s […]

ATM-style machine lets Indian women report abuse without fear

ATM-style machine lets Indian women report abuse without fear

Amrit Dhillon – Star – Thursday, 28 August 2014 (originally published 25 Aug) NEW DELHI—Most Indian women think very carefully before walking into a police station to lodge a complaint. The all-male officers, the macho atmosphere, and the corresponding fear of sexual harassment deter them. If they go at all, they go escorted by a […]

India’s Great Invisible Workforce

India’s Great Invisible Workforce

Neeta Lal – IPS – Monday, 21 July 2014 (originally published NEW DELHI, Jul 17 2014 (IPS) – According to census data released this month, a whopping 160 million women in India, 88 percent of who are of working age (15 to 59 years), are confined to their homes performing ‘household duties’ rather than gainfully […]

Empowering India's tribal girls, one goal at a time

Empowering India's tribal girls, one goal at a time

Dilnaz Boga – DAWN – Monday July 7, 2014 (originally published 5 July) The schoolgirls of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) in Maharashtra’s Jalna district are not aware of the millions of rupees that were spent on G-8, eight franchisees of All India Football Federation’s Indian Super League that were announced 200 miles away in […]

[India] Women Herders Bring Change

[India] Women Herders Bring Change

Athar Parvaiz – IPS – Thursday, 19 June 2014 (originally published 18 Jun) KUTCH, India, Jun 18 2014 (IPS) – When Sangan Bhai, a humble man in the Kutch region of India’s western state of Gujarat, was offered a position as an executive member of the local camel breeder’s association, he made a decision that […]

[India] With She-Toilets, Chennai shows way in sanitation

[India] With She-Toilets, Chennai shows way in sanitation

Divya Chandrababu – Times of India – Tuesday, 17 June 2014 (originally published Jun 16) CHENNAI: The Chennai Corporation is aiming for a clean sweep to tackle problems of female hygiene and access to sanitation — special ‘She Toilets’ have been planned for women in 348 locations across the city and will be opened by the […]

[India] Anandiben Patel Takes Oath: Gujarat Gets its First Woman Chief Minister

[India] Anandiben Patel Takes Oath: Gujarat Gets its First Woman Chief Minister

Gopi Chandra Kharel – International Business Times– Thursday, 22 May 2014 While Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi heads to Delhi after a never-before-seen election victory in 30 years, one of his closest aides, Anandiben Patel has been sworn in as his successor, becoming the first woman chief minister of Gujarat. Patel has been considered to be […]

Dreaming in India

Dreaming in India

Rashmi Tiwari – Washington Post – Wednesday, 30 April 2014 (originally published 28 Apr) Growing up in India, I tried to defy the gender bias that plagues the vast majority of girls in the country. I spent the early years of my childhood in the modern society of Mumbai before relocating with my mother to […]

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