[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: Tribal women leaders seek safety & innovation as Maoist insurgent conflict continues

INDIA: Tribal women leaders seek safety & innovation as Maoist insurgent conflict continues

Stella Paul – WNN Features (WNN) New Delhi, INDIA, SOUTHERN ASIA: As security forces battle with Maoist insurgents in India, women village leaders known as ‘Sarpanches’ continue to struggle.  To fulfill their duties as heads of their local councils they must work constantly with the threats of insurgency. 31-year old Kalavati Devi is a worried […]

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 law for witchcraft accusation violence not protecting women

India law for witchcraft accusation violence not protecting women

WNN MDG Stories (WNN/RNW-SAW) INDIA: Teerath is 45 and she lives in Lachkera, a tiny farming hamlet in Chhattisgarh, the nucleus of India’s so-called Maoist belt. The region has a majority tribal population that is finding itself on the wrong side of a resource grab by multinationals backed by government paramilitary forces. But Teerath’s story […]

Miner Tuberculosis Creates Village of Widows in Rural India

Miner Tuberculosis Creates Village of Widows in Rural India

Shuriah Niazi – WNN Features Recent increases in deaths from tuberculosis among Saharia tribal miners creates an alarming rise in widows Majhera Village, India: Because of the deaths of so many miners, India’s village of Majhera, in the Shivpuri District inside the State of Madhya Pradesh, is now called the, “village of widows.” One Saharia […]