Gender

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

August 23, 2019
The state government’s support to revive fine muslin cloth has helped many woman weavers in Nabadwip (Photo by Gurvinder Singh)

Bengal’s weavers revive muslin, spin success

The revival of muslin, a fine cotton cloth famous for centuries, has infused financial stability into the lives of traditional spinners and weavers of West Bengal who were struggling for survival earlier

August 19, 2019
Women in rural Jharkhand have started using iron woks in large numbers (Photo by PHRN)

Cooking in iron kadhais combats anemia in Jharkhand

A women's collective movement of cooking in iron kadhais (woks) that helps in reducing the incidence of anemia in rural women is gathering pace in many parts of Jharkhand

July 22, 2019
A young tribal woman waits with her newborn to receive the incentive given by the government to encourage institutional delivery (Photo by Rakhi Ghosh)

Why Dongria Kondh women prefer childbirth at home

Lack of easy access to government healthcare in Kalyansinghpur, in addition to cultural and dietary differences in hospitals, is forcing Dongria Kondh women in remote villages to opt out of institutional delivery

July 19, 2019
Through stories and games that demystify menstruation, schoolgirls in rural Jharkhand learn about menstrual cycle and hygiene (Photo by PHRN)

Village girls shed fear and shame about menstruation

Through a health initiative that demystifies menstruation by using games and stories, schoolgirls in rural Jharkhand are learning about menstrual health and the importance of nutrition