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South Asian women wrest 2013

Dec 30, 2013 04:55 PM It was a year of the South Asian woman. Pakistani’s Malala Yousafzai was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize; Bangladesh elected its first woman speaker; women from Nepal, Afghanistan and Myanmar bagged the Magsaysay award and in India too women forced the government to strengthen laws and provide for more safety to women. At the same time, the country looked on with bated breath as anti-graft crusader Arvind Kejriwal dislodged reigning political hierarchies with his promise of power to the people.
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Life skills can help fight sexual abuse of children: Dr Swaroop Sampat

Sep 03, 2013 05:35 PM Bollywood actress and former Miss India, Dr Swaroop Sampat Rawal, in a short talk with OneWorld South Asia explains how life skills education equips children to fight against the odds in their lives. She was in Delhi to attend the 24th Tara Ali Baig Memorial Lecture. Excerpts from the interview.
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Nothing is as good as mother’s milk for a baby: Mrinal Pande

Aug 23, 2013 01:50 PM Mrinal Pande, Chairperson, Broadcasting Corporation of India (Prasar Bharati), in an interview to OneWorld South Asia, said that mothers should discard age-old superstitions and adopt breastfeeding in the best interest of their babies.
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India has a great culture of social entrepreneurship: Antonella Vischer

Aug 01, 2013 01:00 AM Antonella Notari Vischer, Director of Geneva-based philanthropic organisation, The Womanity Foundation, in an interview to OneWorld South Asia, said that a lot of work needs to be done in India for women’s empowerment. Excerpts from the interview.
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Step out of house and conquer: Alia Bhatt to Indian girls

Aug 01, 2013 01:00 AM Bollywood’s rising star and the 'Student of the Year' heroine, Alia Bhatt, in an interview with Ashok Kumar urged Indian girls to break the stereotypes for accomplishing their dreams. Excerpts from the interview.
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Weaving the road to women empowerment

May 01, 2013 01:00 AM Sally Holkar, founder of Women Weave, an NGO working to empower women from the marginalised sections, says that the occupation of weaving not only provides financial security to women, it also gives them aesthetic pleasure. Excerpts from the interview.
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Women’s Reservation Bill: Parliamentarians lack resoluteness of purpose, says lawyer Geeta Luthra

Mar 26, 2013 10:00 AM Eminent Indian lawyer, Geeta Luthra, laments that in all the successive Parliaments, the percentage of women has been gradually coming down in comparison to the first Parliament. Excerpts from Geeta Luthra's interview with OneWorld South Asia.
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Women do not need special favours to progress: AVP, HCL Technologies

Mar 20, 2013 06:05 PM Srimathi Shivashankar, Associate Vice President, Diversity & Sustainability, HCL Technologies, urged the corporate world to have zero tolerance for violence against women at the workplace and beyond. Excerpts from Srimathi Shivashankar’s interview with OneWorld South Asia.
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Crimes against women: High time people change their mindset, says Prachi Desai

Mar 19, 2013 06:45 PM Prachi Desai, a popular Bollywood actress, who said in an interview that her latest film, I Me Aur Main, will make men value women, tells OneWorld that crimes against women cannot be stopped unless people change their mindset and cinema has a limited role in curbing such crimes. Excerpts from Prachi Desai’s interview.
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Peer pressure ensures firms work at being inclusive: VP-HR, Wipro

Mar 13, 2013 02:40 PM Sunita Cherian, Vice President, Human Resources and Head of Gender Diversity, Wipro, while disclosing that they have no woman directors in the board said that culture and working conditions of a firm and not matrix ensure better participation of women. Excerpts from Sunita Cherian's interview with OneWorld South Asia.
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People angry with criminal justice system: Ranjana Kumari

Mar 11, 2013 07:30 PM Ranjana Kumari, a human rights activist and Director of the New Delhi based Center for Social Research, tells Ashok Kumar that Integrity of a woman should be the responsibility of whole society and not just police.
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Saving faces in Pakistan: a reality take on acid attack victims

Mar 11, 2013 06:33 PM Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy became a household name with her Oscar victory last year for the movie that brought the world face to face with the ugly truth of acid victims in Pakistan. For Obaidi 'Saving Face' changed things in Pakistan, and she talks about her experiences growing up in Pakistan in an exclusive interview with OneWorld South Asia. In the meanwhile, Chinoy continues her journey as a film maker who creates reams of films out of dire, stark realities of women world over.
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Time to accelerate women’s representation in Parliament: UN Resident Coordinator

Mar 09, 2013 09:45 AM Lise Grande, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in India, has had a prolific career working across development issues and varied countries. In an exclusive interview with OneWorld South Asia, she says socially constructed realities about women in India need to change and how increased political participation might be a way to push for greater rights for women.

Boardrooms of India Inc still yearn for women

Mar 08, 2013 09:01 PM Despite acknowledging poor representation of women in boardrooms, India Inc cover up by saying that numbers alone do not ensure a woman friendly corporate culture.
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‘When men gather, it’s always not trouble’

Mar 08, 2013 08:31 PM Breakthrough, a global human rights organisation, has launched an international campaign "Ring the Bell" on International Women's Day 2013. The campaign calls on men from across the world to take concrete steps to end violence against women.
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Helpi to aid women in times of distress

Mar 08, 2013 08:15 PM OneWorld Foundation India has come up with a personalised android app that will help users send distress messages to a select group of friends and the social media informing them of their exact location.
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"Decisions are still made by men, for men": Nisha Agrawal, Oxfam India

Mar 08, 2013 05:45 PM Nisha Agrawal has been the CEO of Oxfam India since March 2008 and has been working on issues of poverty and inequality for decades now. In an interview with OneWorld South Asia she talks about violence against women and how the farming sector is in crisis as people don't realise most farmers are women.
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Few women in politics, fewer in Parliament

Mar 08, 2013 01:25 PM Even though India is attempting to legislate gender-sensitive laws, there is just about one woman for every ten law-makers.
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Maps for change: Making Delhi safer for women

Mar 08, 2013 01:23 PM In the aftermath of the Delhi rape case that shook the country and the capital city; the next question becomes how do you make Delhi a safe place for women. With its reputation of being the city most unsafe for women and numerous cases of violence on women, activists and civil society get together to try and make the capital city a safer place for women.
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Over 140mn girls will become child brides by 2020: UN

Mar 08, 2013 10:35 AM If current child marriage rates continue, more than 140 million girls will become child brides between 2011 and 2020, said the United Nations, warning that little progress has been made towards ending this harmful practice.
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