posted on 15 April, 2016

Using the power of sport for empowering India’s girls

The T20 World Cup 2016 saw an unprecedented spike in Indian media coverage of the women’s T20 matches. Social networking sites buzzed with posts about the women’s match against Pakistan and slogans like Chak De India and Jeetay ga bhai jeetay ga reverberated in the stadium, just...

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posted on 12 April, 2016

Why is Financial Independence for Women Important?

Oxford Dictionaries defines empowerment as ‘making (someone) stronger, more confident, especially in controlling their life and claiming their rights’. There are several organizations, activists and campaigns like Going to School and Sarathi Development Foundation that advoc...

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posted on 08 March, 2016

Talking to ‘Empowered Indian Women’ on International Women’s Day

It is the International Women’s Day - a day for us to celebrate women all over the world, and why not? We have made huge progress in overcoming age-old gender biases. Violence against the Indian woman is being addressed, and women are turning up in increasing numbers to vote (Bihar sa...

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posted on 19 February, 2016

The good Indian girl: Is it a norm that we need to question?

“Yaar, this never happens to good girls”, remarked a friend casually in a moment of whiskey aided candor during a heated debate. “This” referred to the rape and sexual violence that Jyoti Singh faced in 2012. Normally, I would have asked what he meant by a good g...

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posted on 28 January, 2016

Is the fate of the girl child in India changing?

In a country where, child sex ratio has declined from 945 in 1991 to 914 in 2011, the significance of the National Girl Child Day, observed and commemorated on 24th of January every year, cannot be overemphasised. Subsequently, the observance of this day, earmarked for raising awareness abo...

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posted on 30 December, 2015

Highlights of the year 2015 in India

The Republic Day Parade This year’s Republic Day parade saw the US President, Barack Obama gracing the function as our country’s first ever international chief guest. This event also saw an all-women contingent march down Rajpath, making it the first time ever that we saw wo...

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posted on 11 December, 2015

Why are we ashamed of Menstruation?

Menstruating women are impure and so they should not go to temples during their periods - As absurd as this seems, it is a common belief in our country. Many such myths lead to taboos, which in turn result in discrimination against women. Hence, menstruation is associated with shame and peo...

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posted on 10 December, 2015

What is the story behind menstrual myths?

Shock and shame – this is how most women in south Asia remember the onset of their menstrual cycle, and it changes their world entirely. The greatest irony is that menstruation is absolutely essential for survival and perpetuation of humankind, but most societies don’t want to d...

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posted on 06 November, 2015

Reacting V/S Responding - Why do we regress when it comes to Rape?

"Rape is nobody's fault but one has to dress desirably" Why is this statement wrong? Arguably, there are two very wrong claims in this comment - one that rape is "nobody's fault", and that one has to "dress desirably" so that nothing such as rape happens. Every time an incidence...

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posted on 05 November, 2015

Fight Dowry, not 498A

One woman dies every hour due to dowry harassment in India. * The anti-dowry harassment law (498A) has helped women gain confidence to come and report domestic abuse, but there has been an increasing anger towards it. As the debate continues on the use and misuse of it, we decided to as...

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