[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's Dalit women empowered by collective farming

India's Dalit women empowered by collective farming

Stella Paul for Global Press Institute – WNN WorldFOOD (WNN) Hyderabad, INDIA, SOUTHERN ASIA: Bujjiamma Begary, 27, can finally afford to eat vegetables again. “For nearly five years, all I could afford was rice and a thin red gram [pigeon pea] soup because I didn’t have the money to buy fresh vegetables, which have become […]

[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 […]

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. […]

Tibetan women strive to find a voice in India

Tibetan women strive to find a voice in India

Murali Krishnan – ABC Radio Australia – Wednesday, 22 January 2014 (originally published 15 Jan) Tibetan women who once played an active role in the resistance against Chinese rule pre 1959, found their wings clipped once they went into exile. In India where many now live, life in exile had restricted their ability to contribute […]

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 […]

[Zambia] The Virtual Doctor Will See You Now

[Zambia] The Virtual Doctor Will See You Now

Amy Fallon – IPS – Tuesday, 14 January 2014 (originally published 09 Jan) CHILANGA, Zambia, Jan 9 2014 (IPS) – There are thousands of miles between Chanyanya Rural Health Clinic, a basic medical centre in Zambia’s rural Kafue District with no resident doctors despite being the main centre for nearly 12,000 people, and the New […]