October 22, 2014: In Chennai, Tamil Nadu’s state capital, one of these days, do not be surprised to see sari-clad women with khaki jackets zipping around the city ferrying passengers in black-and-yellow autorickshaws. These women have been trained and employed by Makkal (people) Auto, a transport service that runs a high-tech and safety-centric auto fleet for women, by women.
For ordinary people in this bustling southern city of Chennai, the autorickshaw is both a boon and a bane. Even as it provides that crucial last mile connectivity, particularly to the large numbers of working women who are dependent on public transportation, there have been serious security issues to deal with, apart from the usual harassment over the arbitrary charging of fares. Photo: Hema Vijay\WFS
October 20, 2014: Cyclone Shelters, which form one of the most important assets during disaster management, are in a very sorry state of affairs in Vishakhapatnam, a district which barely managed to save itself from the fury of cyclone Hudhud. According to experts if the eye of the storm had hit the rural coastline rather than the urban space of Visakhapatnam, there would have been many more casualties. Now is the chance for the state of Andhra Pradesh as well as others on India’s coast to take appropriate steps to build and maintain cyclone shelters which can counter any future cyclone. The photo shows an ugly dilapidated cyclone shelter in Mukkam in Vizianagaram. Photo: Devendra Tak/Save the Children
October 15, 2014: Every day after their morning prayers, instead of heading to a regular classroom the students make their way to the open fields to learn farming first hand. These girls are enrolled at the Gondwana Residential Agriculture School (Gondwana Aabasik Shala Tyaagi Krishi Vidyalay), which is especially open to dropout students.
At this unique school, being run from Bondtra, a small, dusty hamlet in Mungelli district of Chhattisgarh, 60 tribal children, a majority of whom are girls, are getting the incredible opportunity to gain a valuable life skills-based education. They come from various districts, including Surajpur, Jangir, Chanpa, Balrampur, Bilaspur, Kawrdha and Rayagad. It was in 2010 that this institution was set up by the Gondwana Society on the suggestion of their leader, activist Hirasingh Markam. Photo: WFS
October 10, 2014: Pakistani schoolgirl and education rights campaigner Malala Yousafzai and Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi have together been awarded the prestigious Nobel peace prize for this year.
Malala, a teenage Pakistani girl became a symbol of the women's rights movement since the Taliban's life-threatening attack on her.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee decided to confer the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 on Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people. The South Asian duo has been campaigning for the right of all children to education. Ashok Kumar/OneWorld South Asia
October 9, 2014: Across Chamoli district in Uttarakhand, a state which has recently witnessed a spate of natural disasters triggered by deforestation, this tree plantation initiative called Maiti Andolan (maiti is derived from ‘mait’, which is kumaoni for a married woman’s parental home) has established itself as a workable solution for environmental protection as well as promoting the welfare of girls.
The picture shows Sulochana (left) and Devaki (middle) with Kalyan Singh at the 'Maiti Van' near their Bagoli village in Chamoli district. It was Singh who started this unique tree plantation drive. Photo: WFS