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India: Is your little girl safe in school?

Aug 22, 2014 01:26 PM Many families either remain ignorant or are resigned to the threats their children are exposed to, especially in schools, writes Hema Vijay.

Construct a toilet to honour women

Aug 18, 2014 08:20 AM Every time Kabita Nayak, 47, sees the government-sponsored Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan advertisement on her small television set, where Hindi Film actor Vidya Balan, the celebrity face of the campaign, is praising a woman who fought for her right to get a toilet constructed in her home, she can not only identify with her but also feels pleased that women across the country are standing up to secure their right to sanitation. “Anytime I hear of a woman raising her voice, be it is against domestic violence, dowry, livelihood or sanitation, it makes me really happy. But I am particularly close to the cause of sanitation because I have felt the shame of having to go out to relieve myself in the open fields. It is one of the most degrading realities of an Indian woman’s life,” says the homemaker who has fought against open defecation for the better part of her married life.

Portraits of hunger from Rajasthan’s food insecure district

Aug 15, 2014 08:30 AM This is the story of a community that has been in the grip of acute hunger for over a decade. While it is not a new narrative, it nonetheless points to the gaps in the efforts being undertaken to tackle severe malnutrition, especially among tribal children.

Game changing Eco technologies

Aug 14, 2014 05:20 PM Cutting-edge technologies are conserving our resources and reducing our ecological footprint. TERI has developed some technologies that are making waves around the world.

Lifting the curse of child malnutrition from Bidar

Aug 10, 2014 08:30 AM In 2000, countries around the world pledged to fulfill the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of eight time-bound targets to eradicate poverty and hunger and uphold the principles of human dignity, equality and equity. India, which is ranked 63 out of 81 countries on the Global Hunger Index, has been working towards finding workable solutions to a problem that especially affects children between 0 to 5 years.

The millennial generation gives reason to hope

Aug 07, 2014 05:54 PM A while ago I participated in an event that attracted a good number of young women who are of the generation known as the Millennials. Demographers use this term (or Gen-Y) when referring to the children of baby boomers, adults in their late thirties and early forties. There are about 80 million of them in the US and they represent the last generation born in the 20th century. Life for them has never existed without the Internet; they are totally tech-savvy.

Taking life lessons from resilient Ladakhi children

Aug 03, 2014 08:30 AM What happens when a big city girl steps out of the comfort of an urban milieu and decides to spend a few weeks in one of the most isolated regions in India? She ends up imbibing some of the most unforgettable lessons about life, strife, struggle and survival – and that too from a bunch of six year olds.

What minority women want? Debating the Uniform Civil Code

Aug 01, 2014 03:22 PM With the Bharatiya Janata Party forming the new government at the Centre, the issue of the enforcement of a Uniform Civil Code has gained ground once again, as the ruling party had included it in its election manifesto stating that “there cannot be gender equality till such time as India adopts a Uniform Civil Code, which protects the rights of all women…”.

New life for disabled Indian boy found tied to a Mumbai bus stop

Jul 24, 2014 02:11 PM Lakhan was regularly tied to a pole by his elderly grandmother for fear he would run into traffic on a nearby road.
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India’s great invisible workforce

Jul 23, 2014 05:47 PM Millions of Indian women are confined to their homes performing domestic duties for which they receive no compensation.

For Rajasthan’s women bus conductors, can this journey be fun?

Jul 15, 2014 02:14 PM They say happiness is not in the destination but the journey. However, if the road is bumpy, the temperatures are soaring and the bus one is travelling by is in dire need of maintenance, then the entire experience can be quite trying. Now imagine if one has to traverse the same rough route every day, twice a day. Life then can truly become very tough - and tougher still, if one is a female bus conductor.

Tribal girls in Odisha go back to school for lessons in Ho

Jul 15, 2014 01:47 PM Kolha tribal families living in six Gram Panchayats under the Kaptipada block of Mayurbhanj district in Odisha will always be grateful to Chanchala, Jamuna, Kuipai, Panamani and other women teachers whose efforts have brought the local tribal girls back to school. Holding classes in their native language Ho, instead of Odiya, has been the real game changer in these parts. The move has not only helped in increasing the literacy rate in the area but also boosted the confidence of the otherwise marginalised tribal children.

Hunger haunts Odisha’s poster woman for poverty

Jul 11, 2014 10:40 AM Dressed in a torn sari, an impoverished Banita Podh, 44, sits outside her hut in Khatimunda village of Odisha’s Bolangir district, with a vacant expression on her face. Bitterly disappointed with the way her life has turned out she has given up all hope of ever living a life of dignity. With five children and a disabled husband to provide for, Banita has spent every waking hour in the last 30 years cooking meals, looking for work or paying off debts.

Dalit women ensure Mid Day Meals for children

Jul 07, 2014 05:53 PM This is a success story. The backdrop: a small, dusty village in Madhya Pradesh; the protagonists: oppressed dalit women, who managed to shed their inhibitions and overcome centuries old caste and class baggage to save their children from the curse of hunger and severe malnutrition.

Religion, feminist politics and Muslim women’s rights in India

Jul 07, 2014 05:02 PM The most important campaigns of the women’s movements have centred on issues of dowry, rape and personal laws and more recently women’s reservation in legislatures, writes Zoya Hasan.
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A resilient future for Bangladesh Sundarbans

Jul 06, 2014 08:20 AM The largest mangrove forest in the world, the Sundarbans is a complex network of islands, winding creeks and mudflats.

GPS training key to disaster response

Jul 04, 2014 04:10 PM A change in US law has made it legal for firms to publicly display images from satellites with resolution high enough to show objects such as manhole covers and postboxes.

Will these 61 women in India's Parliament make a difference?

Jul 01, 2014 06:15 PM The more women take up political responsibilities, the broader will be parliamentary representation, writes Seema Guha.
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Bio-Fuelling the future

Jun 25, 2014 02:05 PM The growth of various biofuels in India can help generate clean energy as well as cut our massive spending on oil imports.

The perils of water mismanagement

Jun 25, 2014 01:36 PM By 2030, about 47 per cent of world's population will live in highly water-stressed areas. The only way to reverse this trend is to invest in environmental infrastructure and effective management of water to bring relief to millions afflicted by poverty, hunger and disease

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