Gender

March 22, 2017
Regular collection of health data helps in designing health and nutrition interventions. (Photo by Gouri Agtey Athale)

Vadu women emerge as agents of change as health recorders

The regular recording to health-related data through computer tablets is helping in designing and implementing food, nutrition and healthcare interventions on the ground in several areas of Pune district

March 8, 2017
A patriarchal society in India ensures that married women are responsible for contraceptive use. (Photo by Pippa Ranger/Department for International Development)

Women continue to bear the burden of contraception

A trend analysis of the latest National Family Health Survey shows that women are compelled to be responsible for keeping family sizes small even as contraceptive prevalence rate declines in many states in India

February 22, 2017
Women need secluded bathing spaces in villages. (Photo by Prem Kumar Marni)

Women forced to bathe in the open in Odisha villages

A village-level analysis of availability of bathrooms in Odisha shows that not enough attention is paid to the clear and urgent need for secluded bathing spaces for women in rural areas

February 15, 2017
In many villages, an informally decided upon time is kept aside for women taking a bath in a group. (Photo by Adam Cohn)

Rural men must realize women need secluded bathing spaces

Women taking a bath in the open is a common enough sight in the countryside, which needs to change. For that to happen, it is important to change the mindset of men and their insensitivity towards the issue

February 10, 2017
The tablet girls of Ranchi. (Photo by Alok Gupta)

Tablet girls of Jharkhand storm digital bastion

Trained and equipped by the Jharkhand State Livelihood Promotion Society, bookkeepers of women’s self-help groups in villages are using computer tablets to maintain loan records

February 8, 2017
Most rural women still bathe in the open but fetch water to their homes so that their daughters can bathe comfortably. (Photo by Daniel Bachhuber)

Opportunity cost of personal hygiene too high for rural women

Women in India’s villages still have to pay a high cost in terms of mental and physical pain and financial loss because they are often compelled to neglect personal hygiene by bathing hurriedly in the open

January 25, 2017
Women carrying head loads is a common sight all over India. (Photo by Curt Carnemark)

Women are still considered beasts of burden in rural India

Women carrying enormous head loads remain a common sight in large swathes of the country, indicative of our gender insensitivity and skewed priorities

January 18, 2017
The women of Tarkhutta village holding a meeting. (Photo by Suneeta Dhar)

Godda women rise up to leave imprint on local politics

The victory of Poonam Devi of Tarkhutta village in Jharkhand in local government body elections is a story of how collective resolve of village women successfully challenged patriarchal structures and corrupt governance practices

January 16, 2017
Women of Attappadi at a sit-in protest against alcoholism.

Campaign by tribal women groups brings down alcoholism in Attappadi

When women living around Attappadi Reserve Forest found that no development was possible due to chronic alcoholism among the tribal men, they banded together to rid the area of the menace and start a labor bank for employment

January 2, 2017
Women have started playing the dhak, a big drum traditionally played only by men.

Drummer girls of Bengal step up with a new beat

Despite long neglect, the dhak might be getting a new lease of life as women have stormed a male bastion and have taken up playing Bengal’s traditional big drum