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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
[South Asia] [Gender empowerment] [Gender] [Gender Equality] [India] [Gender Inequality]
Jul 01, 2014 06:15 PM
The more women take up political responsibilities, the broader will be parliamentary representation, writes Seema Guha.
[India Parliament] [South Asia] [Gender Equality] [Gender Empowerment]
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
Jun 23, 2014 11:22 AM
“We feel convinced that this is the way to reach that last person of our community," says Shubhranshu Choudhary, winner of the Index Digital Activism Award.
[Rural India] [Rural development] [India] [Rural communities] [Sustainable Development] [South Asia]
Jun 11, 2014 06:07 PM Parliamentarians, civil society and the social activists together join in a policy making dialogue to provide relief to bonded labourers in Pakistan.
Jun 05, 2014 02:20 PM
Women are disproportionately affected by extreme climatic changes particularly in developing countries like India.
[South Asia] [Global warming] [Women farmers] [Climate Change] [Women] [Women's Safety]
May 29, 2014 05:14 PM
Having survived the civil war that raged her country, a Sri Lankan woman inspires other victims of the war by rebuilding her house in 65 days.
[Sri Lanka] [South Asia] [Sri Lanka Women] [Sri Lanka's civil conflict]
May 28, 2014 02:55 PM
A Delhi girl composes a song not just to inspire spine patients but to celebrate their journey towards a normal life.
[South Asia] [Health] [Health MDGs] [The Spine Foundation] [Delhi] [India]
May 20, 2014 01:16 PM
Both for Nepalese and Bangladeshi migrants the conditions during and after migration increases their overall vulnerability towards diseases especially HIV, writes Tahseen Alam, Regional Advocacy Manager, EMPHASIS.
[India] [Migrants] [South Asia] [Nepal]
May 05, 2014 06:16 PM “The Rana Plaza tragedy put the spotlights on the dire working conditions at the other end of the global production chain said Karim Lahidji, FIDH President.
May 01, 2014 06:21 PM
According to political analyst and senior journalist Pratap Mohanty, some high-profile women leaders in Odisha could only prove themselves because they came from politically connected families, writes Rakhi Ghosh.
[India] [Gender Equality] [South Asia] [Gender Sensitivity] [Gender Empowerment]
Apr 29, 2014 05:05 PM
The UNDP and UNODC jointly organised a 'Partnering in Anti-Corruption Knowledge (PACK)' training with the aim to improve the knowledge and understanding of the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) amongst Government officials.
[Nepal] [Corruption & transparency] [Accountability] [South Asia]
Apr 20, 2014 09:00 AM In Jharkhand’s Sonaraithadi, women from diverse backgrounds are not just proving their merit as efficient homemakers but they have taken on the role of educators, writes Saadia Azim.