Women in Srinagar Explore New Career Domains

Baseera Rafiqi,  Freelance correspondent, Kashmir, India – WNN features Editor’s note: India has some of the most robust government statistical machinery among developing countries. Yet its periphery suffers from a data deficit — data is unavailable or the available data is of poor quality. In preparation of this article, little to no reliable data exists reporting […]

Navigating the journalistic siege as a woman in Kashmir

Aliya Bashir, International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists grantee – WNN Soapbox (WNN) Nairobi, Kenya, EAST AFRICA – I often wonder when people outside the Kashmir ask me strange questions such as: “Are there really journalists – women who are allowed to work?”; “Don’t you get married at quite […]

What "small town" India taught me: A love for all humanity

What "small town" India taught me: A love for all humanity

Indu Ramesh – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Bangalore, INDIA, SOUTH ASIA: I had to go. I had to go and visit my beginnings. It was decades since I had seen the town, nestling in the foothills of the Sahyadri mountain range. I remembered very fondly, the small tank full of water which was also the meeting […]

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 […]

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