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Omkar: Crafting bones into piece of art

Apr 14, 2015 07:16 PM The handicraft industry provides employment opportunities to more than six million people in India.

India: These Muslim women break stereotypes

Apr 02, 2015 05:20 PM Sanatkada has been conducting trainings and workshops on gender and identity in partnership with Nirantar, writes Mehru Jaffer.

It’s a forest, not a ‘museum’

Mar 20, 2015 04:45 PM Kate Evans tries to figure out a relationship between natural forests and sustainable development means in the tropics.

Eco-Entrepreneurs promise Indian women a safe period

Mar 11, 2015 07:30 PM For millions of girls across India, menstruation, in absence of proper sanitary napkins means five days of solitary confinement.

Of tribal tales with oodles of magic and a pinch of realism

Feb 24, 2015 03:15 PM She is a gifted storyteller who doesn’t have any formal education. Born into a poor Kondh family in Jharipani village of Kandhamal district in Odisha, it was her grandmother, who ignited her imagination by narrating to her enthralling tales about a world with magical birds, stunning flowers and terrible demons. Ever since that time, it is these fantastical creatures that have enabled her to face tough times and get over the disappointments of a deprived life.

Binita, Martha and others make maps to ensure better health

Feb 06, 2015 04:41 PM Binita Kanhara, 32, a tribal woman from Rajikakhol village in Chakapada block of Kandhamal district in Odisha was very happy the day she learnt that she was expecting her first child. Nine months later, when the D-day came, her mother-in-law decided that the delivery would take place at home. Unfortunately, the newborn child did not survive as it was weak and anaemic and needed medical care. The incident left Binita traumatised for months on end.

Forests can empower communities and reverse climate change: experts

Feb 03, 2015 06:20 PM People sustaining themselves through forests have already started to feel the pinch of climate-induced changes.
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Women’s parliament sets a national agenda

Jan 27, 2015 05:07 PM Monemma is a sprightly, outspoken young woman, who belongs to the Yanadi tribal community of Andhra Pradesh. There was impatience in her voice as she gave an update on the projects and campaigns she is leading on promoting the rights of girls and women in her native town of Vellore. Having spent her childhood as a bonded labourer, who was rescued only a few years back by a local human rights organisation, she is a woman in a hurry.

Searching for safe public transport – Are pink autos the answer?

Jan 22, 2015 05:11 PM Even as India marks the second year of the tragic rape and killing of a 23-year-old student in Delhi, an incident that triggered extensive debate on women’s safety in public spaces and even forced the government of the day to enact the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act 2013, widely termed as a “bill of rights” for women, the news of the rape of another young professional in the capital returning home at night in a ‘secure’ taxi has once again forced everyone to reassess the state of public transportation in cities across India and issues related to women’s safety.

Narmada: Lifeline of Madhya Pradesh in dire straits

Jan 15, 2015 04:20 PM Narmada, the lifeline of Madhya Pradesh is in danger due to declining water quality and quantity.

Binita, Martha and others make maps to ensure better health

Jan 09, 2015 03:23 PM Binita Kanhara, 32, a tribal woman from Rajikakhol village in Chakapada block of Kandhamal district in Odisha was very happy the day she learnt that she was expecting her first child. Nine months later, when the D-day came, her mother-in-law decided that the delivery would take place at home. Unfortunately, the newborn child did not survive as it was weak and anaemic and needed medical care. The incident left Binita traumatised for months on end.

The people of Bhopal love their lakes

Jan 02, 2015 08:10 PM The lake brings up different emotions among different people. If the young ones are excited, the adults display concern.
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Channelising girl power to fight child marriage

Dec 31, 2014 02:55 PM Last year, Sujata Behera, 17, a Dalit girl from Dankeni, a remote village in Kandhamal district of Odisha, did the unthinkable. Just two weeks before her upcoming marriage she told her parents that she had decided not to go ahead with it. The cards had been printed, her clothes had been stitched, and preparations for the ceremonies had nearly been done, so how could she back out? Sujata’s father was livid and told her she had no option but to comply while her mother tried to reason with her to change her mind. But the teenager was firm: she would only marry after she turned 18 and finished her schooling.

Year 2014: New initiatives dot India’s development map

Dec 29, 2014 05:40 PM Apart from repurposing the old welfare schemes, the Indian government launches new initiatives
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Close the gap: Don’t fail those who take the HIV test

Dec 26, 2014 04:16 PM What is common between Stephen Watiti, 61, of Uganda, Lwento Mbulo, 23, of Zambia, and John Rock, 71, of Australia? Strangers to one another and living in different lands, they have unknowingly shared a bond for over two decades. Watiti, Mbuto and Rock have been living with HIV for over 20 years.

Fatima paints the quiet strength of women

Dec 19, 2014 04:50 PM ‘If only silence could speak’ goes the adage. Well, here silence does speak – and how! Soft, hazy, elusive images of women gaze steadily from the confines of their canvas making the much-mesmerised onlooker feel as though they would simply vanish if s/he so much as blinked. The women in red, pink, beige oil paints look ethereal, delicate and yet they convey power, strength – much like the woman who has created them.

Legalisation or De-criminalisation? Sex workers speak their mind

Dec 12, 2014 04:05 PM Sex work has traditionally been seen as a form of violence against women. Over the last two decades, however, the global sex workers’ rights movement has consistently argued that while there is violence within sex work, consensual adult sex work does not constitute violence. While the present law is meant for prevention of trafficking, it does not really apply to adults voluntarily working as sex workers. After all, there is no relation between solicitation and being forced into the trade. In fact, when these women have to evacuate their ‘homes’ and forcefully go to ‘rehabilitation centres’ or undergo medical tests it amounts to violation of their basic human rights.

Little Akangsha loves her ‘Big’ school

Dec 03, 2014 06:04 PM In Dausa district, 55 kilometres east of Jaipur city, the state capital of Rajasthan, Akangsha More, 4, is registered in the nursery class of a local public school under the reserved quota. With her eyes tight shut, she sits to meditate along with her classmates on the terrace of their school, which is still under construction. Both her parents work as labourers in Jaipur and the little one stays with her grandparents, who are cobblers. Akangsha has got a shot at gaining good quality education thanks to a provision under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009, which has sought 25 per cent reservation in private schools for children coming from impoverished homes.

Mumbra’s muslim girls kick out stereotypes

Nov 28, 2014 06:07 PM They started off as a secret sports club. What brought them together was their shared love for football, a game they couldn’t dream of playing owing to their conservative family backgrounds.

A model farmer, Savitri shows off her special skills

Nov 22, 2014 08:00 AM Savitri Devi from Jhanji village in Jharkhand’s Deoghar district is a model farmer today. She has been able to successfully incorporate Sustainable Integrated Farming Systems (SIFT) techniques on her 60 decimals (one decimal=1/100 acre) of farmland to produce bumper crops of maize, paddy, chickpea, millets and potatoes.

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