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MDG3: Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women

MDG3: Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women
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The shining star

Dec 27, 2007 12:00 AM The story of Anuradha, a medical student, who fought her disability to pursue her dream caught the jury’s attention at Canada’s first international film festival on disability. Girl Stars, supported by UNICEF, is a series of films that document the stories of young women and girls in India who have changed their lives, and those of others, by going to school.

Feminisation of HIV/AIDS in Pakistan

Dec 06, 2007 12:00 AM Deep-rooted social attitudes, practices and stereotyping are hampering progress towards dealing with the spread of HIV/AIDS in Pakistan. A cultural tradition of exchanged marriages known as ‘watta satta’ makes it almost impossible for women to disclose their HIV status.

Candles mark South Asian Women’s Day in Indian capital

Nov 30, 2007 12:00 AM The Central Park of the Indian capital was lit up by aspirations for peace in the region, as more than 20 organisations celebrated the South Asian Women's Day for peace, justice, human rights and democracy. This was also the spot where Anusheh Adil and her popular band BANGLA played a special piece for the day, as part of the SAARC Band Festival.
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Responding to violence against women

Nov 26, 2007 12:00 AM An international campaign - 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence kicked off on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The campaign will run till December 10, International Human Rights Day, to emphasize that all forms of violence against women are a violation of human rights.
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Barefoot teachers usher in change

Nov 21, 2007 12:00 AM The Vanasthali Rural Development Centre (VRDC) in Pune was started with a simple thought: to train rural women to enable them start balwadis or nurseries in their villages. Years later, activist Nirmala Purandare's dream has heralded a social revolution with the training of barefoot teachers in the Indian state of Maharashtra.
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See poverty through women's eyes

Oct 22, 2007 12:00 AM Kamla Bhasin, feminist activist, author and poet, was a jury member at the recent Women’s Tribunal on Poverty, held on October 17 in the Indian capital of New Delhi. OneWorld South Asia spoke to her on the need for a separate space for women to raise their voice against poverty.

'Poverty is not static'

Oct 22, 2007 12:00 AM Dr Pam Rajput, eminent women rights activist and organiser cum jurist of the recent Women’s Tribunal on Poverty has hopes that the issue of Indian women’s engagement with poverty will not end with the tribunal. OneWorld South Asia met her prior to the event to discuss the role of women in ending poverty.

Asserting the right to be heard

Oct 18, 2007 12:00 AM In India, hundreds of women came together to raise their voices against poverty at the Women’s Tribunal on Poverty on October 17. The event, held at the national capital, was marked by the release of a women’s charter on poverty and a visit to the President.

Dalit women leaders show the way

Oct 03, 2007 12:00 AM One has an M.Phil thesis to her credit and is an emerging writer; another was illiterate till a few years back and has survived threats, a murder attempt, caste bias, yet has lived to tell her tale. These are a few of the women panchayat leaders from across India who gathered at New Delhi for the annual Sarojini Naidu Award, hosted by The Hunger Project. OWSA talks to some of them about their trials, tribulations and successes.

We need to fight patriarchy, not men

Mar 02, 2007 12:00 AM In an exclusive interview to InfoChange, Nobel Peace Prize-winner Shirin Ebadi explains why culture should be dissociated from religion, why Islam is not incompatible with human rights, and how women all over the world – not just in Islamic countries – suffer injustice
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The land is ours! How India's women farmers are becoming a force for change

Jan 04, 2007 12:00 AM Around half of all agricultural land in India is now farmed by women, as more and more men migrate to earn money. Yet the slow pace of land and property rights reform has failed to keep up. Although women may have more rights on paper than they did 20 years ago, there has been little progress on the ground
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80% of India’s districts have declining sex ratios

Jan 03, 2007 12:00 AM India’s already abysmal sex ratio figures are getting worse by the day, with 80% of its districts recording declining child sex ratios since 1991, according to a new report by Unicef on the global status of children.
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Empower women for a stable society: Abdul Kalam

Dec 20, 2006 12:00 AM "Empowerment of women will ensure a stable society" said Indian President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, during an interaction with students of Avinashilingam University in the Indian state of Tamilnadu on 19th December 2006.
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Gender equality: India better than neighbours

Nov 10, 2006 12:00 AM Women don't seem to be doing too badly in India, when we consider just South Asia. India's gender-related development index (GDI) rank is 96 out of 177 countries, one of the best in the region if we do not count Sri Lanka, way ahead at rank 68. But, as always, the ranking hides more than it reveals about gender equality.
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Forum for South Asian women mooted

Nov 08, 2006 12:00 AM n a major step forward, the National Commission for Women (NCW) and a visiting delegation from Pakistan on Monday decided to work towards the establishment of an apex body that would provide a common platform to women of South Asia and take up issues of common concern to the region.
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My mother fought to keep me: resorting female power

Nov 06, 2006 12:00 AM Punjab (India) state-level consultative committee entrusted with the task of educating people and spreading the message of female power in Punjab, which is credited with one of the poorest sex ratios in the country.
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ICT tools in behavioural change communications for safe motherhood

Oct 27, 2006 12:00 AM Dr.Anjana Maitra explores ways in which Information Communication Technology tools can be used to facilitate behavioural change communication for safe motherhood. This paper was presented at a Consultation and Experience Sharing on Safe Motherhood at BITS, Pilani on September 8-9 2006.

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