Gender

May 12, 2019
Qualified and specially trained nurses man primary healthcare AMRIT clinics in villages that lack access to hospitals (Photo courtesy Basic HealthCare Services)

Nursing the underserved to health in rural Rajasthan

As the world commemorates International Day of Nurses on 12 May, young women in Rajasthan have broken stereotypes, becoming nurses after marriage and motherhood, and transforming rural healthcare

April 26, 2019
Overcoming odds, women sought help under bank linkage program and took to turkey rearing as a viable livelihood (Photo by Dhruba Das Gupta)

Bengal women find viable livelihood in turkey

Overcoming hurdles and non-starter self-employment projects, members of women self-help groups persisted tenaciously and took to rearing turkeys, setting a successful livelihood trend

April 10, 2019
Carrying water is a constant chore for women in rural areas (Photo by Daniel Bachhuber)

Ujjwala and waterwheels: reducing women’s drudgery

Regular supply of cooking gas and easier ways to bring drinking water home would significantly reduce the daily drudgery of women in rural areas

March 18, 2019
Teenaged Santhal girls Bitti Mardi, Malati Hansda and Arpita Murmu have taken to football, defying traditions and opposition, hopeful of a better future (Photo by Gurvinder Singh)

Santhal girls shatter social taboo playing football

Teenaged Santhal girls in West Bengal have taken to football despite facing community antagonism. They hope that the sport would deliver them from poor socioeconomic shackles

March 15, 2019
Women, such as Mokshamma of Madya Nisedha Andolana, have been demanding prohibition since 2016 (Photo by Madya Nishedha Andolana)

Village women up in arms against alcoholism

Women in rural Karnataka have banded together to demand a prohibition on liquor because they are the receiving end of alcoholism of men that leads invariably to domestic violence and financial hardship

March 11, 2019
Nutrition gardens, such as the one cultivated by Alladini Bhanda and her husband Ashok in Ratanpur village, supply diverse and nutritious vegetables at no cost (Photo by Basudev Mahapatra)

Odisha women fight malnutrition with backyard gardens

Women in distressed and malnourished regions of Odisha are growing nutrition gardens to feed their families organic vegetables and legumes consistently through the year at no additional cost

March 4, 2019
Villagers in Murshidabad prefer girls as they can start rolling beedis at a very young age, adding to the family income (Photo by Gurvinder Singh)

Beedi rolling robs Murshidabad girls of their childhood

Young girls in rural Murshidabad are pushed by their parents to roll beedis, the poor man’s cigarette, at the cost of their schooling because being able to earn improves their marriage prospects

February 18, 2019
Health assistants check women from remote areas with no access to hospitals staying in the pre-confinement maternity home (Photo by Rakhi Ghosh)

Maternity homes provide safe haven to tribal women

Pregnant women from tribal villages in Kandhamal that lack roads and mobile phone connectivity have found a safe shelter in intermediary maternity homes that prepare them for institutional delivery

February 13, 2019
Tribal women in southern Rajasthan have gained confidence to take collective action and get government entitlements due to them (Photo by Priyanka Jain)

Tribal women in Rajasthan assert citizen rights

Solidarity groups of tribal women in southern Rajasthan have started taking collective action to claim government entitlements such as food and rural employment

February 11, 2019
Alladin’s parents advised her to wait till she turned 18, following a resolution by the Gond Tribal Samaj to ban child marriages (Photo by Rakhi Ghosh)

Child marriage ban helps Gond girls pursue dreams

In Gond tribal villages where child marriages were the norm till recently, a resolution by elders to ban marriages before legal age has helped girl children to continue their education