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 […]

No more unskilled: [India] Tribal women pick up the trowel

No more unskilled: [India] Tribal women pick up the trowel

Bhavesh Shah – DNA – Thursday, 25 July 2013 (originally published 22 Jul) The next time you see a woman instructing labourers at a construction site or giving ideas about the basic layout of a home, don’t be surprised. Supported by the state government, corporate houses and NGOs are training women in tribal belts of […]

[India] Women coconut pollinators scale new heights

[India] Women coconut pollinators scale new heights

M. J. Prabu – Hindu – Monday, 11 February 2013 (originally published 07 Feb) The coconut pollination (technically referred to as hybridisation) sector, once a men’s monopoly in Kerala, is today being conquered successfully by women also. Seed-nuts of hybrid coconut palms are produced through artificial pollination. In Kasaragod district, the friends of coconut trees […]

INDIA: Marriage definitions change may skip religious identification

INDIA: Marriage definitions change may skip religious identification

Terry Wing and David DeForest – WNN Breaking (WNN/VOA) Uttar Predesh, INDIA: A proposed amendment to India’s marriage law would end the requirement to cite one’s religious affiliation. The move is seen as a way to ease cultural pressures on inter-faith marriages. Proponents of the amendment say it will encourage marriage registration by those who previously were […]

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: Private toilets for rural women continue to transform lives

INDIA: Private toilets for rural women continue to transform lives

Shuriah Niazi – WNN Features (WNN) Bhopal: A new women’s movement has been building in rural India. It’s demanding something never considered before for women who often live in areas without adequate or clean running water. Often these are homes with that have no vented heating or adequate flooring. The demand for decent toilet facilities […]

Dalit women face three-fold discrimination from birth

Dalit women face three-fold discrimination from birth

Hetal Shah – WNN Opinion (WNN) Opinion Bhuj, India:  There are two Indias, and Dalit women have learned to survive in both these worlds.  Take a look at two related but opposing headlines in The Hindu last month. January 5, 2012: Dalit woman sarpanch emerges as poster girl for gender issues January 11, 2012:  Dalit […]

Indian Women Learn Alphabets on Handsets

Indian Women Learn Alphabets on Handsets

Kendra Srivastava – Mobiledia – Wednesday,  04 Jauuary 2012 (originally published 03 Jan) Rural Indian women are learning alphabets on their cell phones, as they continue to use mobile technology to expand their empowerment outside the home. Over one thousand women have started reading English and other languages with the help of their phones and […]