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 […]

[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 […]

A Gold Obsession Pays Dividends For Indian Women

A Gold Obsession Pays Dividends For Indian Women

Julie McCarthy – NPR – Monday, 21 April 2014 (originally published 14 Apr) It’s indestructible. It’s fungible. It’s beautiful. And for Indians, gold – whether it’s 18-, 22- or 24-carat — is semi-sacred. No marriage takes place without gold ornaments presented to the bride. Even the poorest Indian outfits girls in the family with a […]

International Women's Day Special: her side of the story

International Women's Day Special: her side of the story

Parul Khannaa – Hindustan Times – Tuesday, 04 Mar 2014 (originally published 01 Mar) A few days before International Women’s Day, four modern Indian women talk about what it means to be a woman in the country today – and whether all the confusion about changing gender roles is actually an opportunity, writes Parul Khanna. […]

India tourism down as women's fear of sexual violence is up

India tourism down as women's fear of sexual violence is up

WNN Breaking (WNN) New Delhi, INDIA, SOUTHERN ASIA: As media fallout hits the nation of India following the exponential rise in sexual assaults in India within the last year, including the gang rapes of women who are visiting the country as foreign tourists, the economics for India may be showing a downward spiral. “Foreign tourists […]

Crime against women: [India] Courts act tough in 2013

Crime against women: [India] Courts act tough in 2013

DNA – Wednesday, 01 January 2014 (originally published 30 Dec) With voices for checking sexual offences against women getting louder following the December 16, 2012 gangrape, special fast-track courts here came out with some strong decisions in 2013. Widespread outrage sparked by the gangrape case prompted authorities to set up six fast-track courts at the […]

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