Gender

March 25, 2020

Women paralegals help settle disputes at community level

Members of self-help groups, trained in legal aspects, ensure that villagers, especially women, get their entitled rights without resorting to money and time-consuming legal route

March 6, 2020

Life skills education prevents child marriages among Odiya tribes

Life skills education empowers tribal girls with knowledge, self-awareness and decision making capacities, helping them rise above social customs and pressures. It has resulted in decline of child marriages

January 24, 2020

Lack of basic amenities adversely affect tribal women’s health

Limited livelihood options forcing tribal men to migrate, women bear household responsibilities. Fetching water and firewood, besides farm work being arduous in the hilly terrains, women endure health challenges

January 17, 2020

Regressive cultural practices lead to skewed sex ratio

Preference for boys disturbs expectant mothers during the very fertility rituals that are meant to bless them, affecting their psyche, besides resulting in low sex ratio and inferior status of women

October 7, 2019
Archaic customs such as restrictions on women wearing a blouse and eating food cooked by others has led to Thottinayakar community lagging in development (Photo by G. Rajasekaran)

Archaic customs hold community back from development

With rigid traditions and customs such as not eating food cooked by other communities, the Thottinayakar community in Tamil Nadu is lagging in social, educational and economic development

October 4, 2019

Rural BPO centers in Bihar open new doors for girls

Business process outsourcing companies in rural Bihar are providing local job opportunities for educated, computer-literate girls in their village, empowering them socially and financially

September 23, 2019
Community norms that do not subscribe to using contraceptives have led to Saora and Dongria Kondh tribal women to have many children in quick succession (Photo by Basudev Mahapatra)

Odiya tribes shed tradition to space out childbirths

Odisha’s tribal women, suffering the adverse health effects of childbirths in quick succession combined with strenuous agricultural and household work, are breaking community norms to use contraceptives

September 13, 2019
Participatory learning and action meetings have helped participants like Saraswati Bodra take care of the nutrition needs of her twin sons and that of herself before and after delivery (Photo by Gurvinder Singh)

Better awareness improves maternal and child health

Awareness meetings that equip women with knowledge on health and nutrition during pregnancy and after childbirth is helping to tackle malnutrition in rural Singhbhum in Jharkhand

September 6, 2019
Jeerabai Bhunjia’s mother-in-law holds her grandchild to perform a ritual. Tribal customs is one of the reasons for women returning home immediately after delivery (Photo by Rakhi Ghosh)

Bhunjia women need better care after childbirth

Women of Odisha’s forest-dwelling tribes face a greater health risk because of their preference for childbirth at home. Counseling by health workers is now slowly helping new mothers get better postnatal care

August 28, 2019
Community bathing spaces near sources of water help rural women bathe in privacy at their convenience using clean water (Photo by Vaishnavi Pawar)

Community bathrooms help women bathe in privacy

For most women in Bengal’s villages, a bath is a hurried dip in ponds while fully clothed to avoid the unwelcome male gaze. Community bathrooms enable them bathe in private and maintain better hygiene