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THE UNSEEN WEAVERS OF DELHI

Chitvan Gill Delhi was once a thriving center for the hand loom industry. However, the introduction of power looms over the past decades and adverse policy interventions led to the gradual collapse of the industry. Today there are still hidden corners where small clusters of weavers continue to work, but in a state of extreme […]

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A Collection of Essays on Declining Child Sex Ratio from Girls Count Newsletters   Addressing Gender Contradictions: Do Men Have A Role to Play? To create conditions of gender equality, it is not sufficient to provide women with adequate and appropriate opportunities. At the same time the “privileges” that men have come to assume as […]

Will longer maternity leave increase the already skewed gender gap in workforce?

The Maternity Benefit Amendment Bill (2016) is a mixed bag says Anubha Yadav. On one hand it brings much needed change for adoptive and commissioning mothers, while on the other it pushes women into a traditional role by viewing labor reforms for women in the limited paradigm of welfare politics.   A few years back […]

A gender to what women write- sensuality and the written word

Poet and curator of recently held Bengaluru Poetry Festival, Maitreyee B writes about how the tag of respectability for women writers is still in many ways clearly associated with what a woman writes rather than how she writes it.   It was the late nineties, another usual day in the university threatened to pass off […]

The Girl Child in the Tea Gardens of Assam

A baby girl born in the rural areas of Assam has lesser chances of survival in comparison to its male counterpart before reaching the age of five. Prabir Kumar Talukdar finds out why Assam has amongst the worst IMR and MMR. Suman Mirdha is a 19 year old tea garden worker in Muttak Guttibari area […]

“Sheikh Marriages” and Human Trafficking in Hyderabad

Writer and poet Nabina Das writes about how girls from old city Hyderabad are trafficked into “sheikh-marriages” transported as “brides” on a “khadima” or maidservant visa, to begin an unending and horrifying life of slavery abroad. Shah Jahan from Hassan Nagar in old city Hyderabad is barely 30 years old. She studied till fifth class […]

DISCRIMINATION AGAINST GIRLS: ARE WE COMPLICIT?

From schools in Ludhiana, to Delhi, Author and journalist Amrita Tripathi finds out whether and how deeply children themselves internalise biases and prejudices, how they actualise stereotypes as learned behavior, imitating what they see, as they grow up.   There’s no question that in India, discrimination against the girl child in many cases, starts before […]

Crime Against Women: Assam’s Notorious Record

In the wake of rising crime against women in Assam, Anuraag Baruah takes a hard look at what went wrong in a state where once women enjoyed safe public places.   Kunjarani Kalita from Guwahati’s Noonmati has been fighting a lone battle. Her 22 year old daughter was allegedly gang-raped and murdered, the body dumped […]

Inconvenient Truths

“Invest Rs.500 now and save Rs.50, 000 later” are advertisements still seen in Indian cities for gender biased sex-selection and elimination. Writer, Patralekha Chatterjee catches up with Mitu Khurana who had made legal history by prosecuting her doctor husband for illegally making her go through a sex-determination test but her fight is far from over. […]

Why do public spaces in India remain unsafe for women?

“Akeli ladki khuli tijori ki tarah kyun hoti hai” Writer-actor AnujaJaiman recounts instances from her own life of facing and fighting gender discrimination in public places that is horrifying more often than not   It is disgusting to be a woman in India. We have a cultural climate of misogynism. It occurs as odd that […]

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