Gender

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 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

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

December 30, 2016
Women in rural Samastipur are supportive of the government’s blanket ban on alcohol consumption. (Photo by Debika Goswami)

Rural women in Samastipur welcome liquor ban in Bihar

Supported wholeheartedly by women in Samastipur district, the prohibition of alcohol in Bihar has freed up resources that can now be leveraged to bring about significant social transformation

December 21, 2016
Women discussing priority issues at a village council meeting. (Photo by Ashutosh Negi)

Women standing united can power sustainable social change

Women’s collectives can go a long way in sustainably changing socio-economic conditions of villages for the better, often going far beyond planned interventions by state or civil society actors

December 12, 2016
Runa Devi and Daya Devi of Kaladinda village in southeast Bihar have emerged as village leaders. (Photo by Suneeta Dhar)

A tale of two women and a watershed

Two unlearned women in a remote area of Bihar have broken gender stereotypes to emerge as community leaders and manage the construction of a watershed that now benefits 12 villages

November 28, 2016
Unsold fresh fish being dried to be sold in packets. (Photo by K. Rajendran)

Currency tsunami hits Kerala fisher village

The poor women of Anju Thengue island village in Kerala have been caught unprepared by the ban on banknotes that has seen prices crash and a near total collapse of the fish market

November 14, 2016
A newly constructed toilet in Rohtas district of Bihar.

Women are leading the sanitation campaign in Bihar villages

Although Bihar has been a laggard in implementing the Swachh Bharat program, there is heartening progress in places such as Rohtas, Sitamarhi and Khagaria, where women are driving the change for health and sanitation