Gender

December 1, 2017
Anita Devi has become a successful mushroom farmer and seed entrepreneur. (Photo by Mohd Imran Khan)

Anita Devi of Anantpur works magic with mushrooms

From an impoverished village woman to mushroom farmer and successful entrepreneur, Anita Devi has inspired hundreds of women in Nalanda to adopt the profitable venture of mushroom cultivation

November 29, 2017
Widows of Madarangajodi village await justice. (Photo by Rakhi Ghosh)

Widowed by silicosis, women of Odisha village await justice

Young men, who joined a pyrophillite grinding factory dreaming of a better future, succumbed to silicosis, leaving families struggling for survival and justice

November 15, 2017
In a roadside ghetto, Akila Bibi and others after a day’s hard work, separating white paper shreds from the colored ones for recycling. Earning Rs 3 a kg, they manage 30 kg to 50 kg a day. (Photo by Manipadma Jena)

How distressed rural migrants shelter in cities

Flood and drought often drive the rural poor to cities. Those who are landless often stay on. Risking lives under the open sky, they hope a city’s many work opportunities will help them survive somehow

November 13, 2017
Girls of conservative Meo Muslim community in Thekra are now getting educated. (Photo by Tarun Kanti Bose)

Meo girls step into modern world through schooling

Breaking long-held taboos and gender biases, girls of conservative Meo Muslim community in Alwar have convinced their parents to put them into school, and the results are showing

November 6, 2017
A woman uses jata, a traditional grinding stone, to make sattu. (Photo by Mohd Imran Khan)

Revival of traditional sattu helps village women make a living

Women in rural Nalanda are popularizing the use of a traditional grinding stone to pound flour out of roasted gram, providing a healthier alternative to machine-ground sattu and earning a livelihood for themselves

November 1, 2017
Women in India’s villages have come a long way. (Photo by Pixabay)

Rural women’s collectives are all about empowerment

Self-help groups in villages bring financial and social empowerment to women, changing entrenched perceptions on their competence in managing their affairs

October 23, 2017
Women and children in J&K spend a lot of time walking to a source of drinking water away from their homes. (Photo by Athar Parvaiz)

Fetching water adds to the drudgery of J&K women

Lacking piped water supply, young girls and women in rural areas of Jammu & Kashmir spend hours walking long distances to get water far from their homes and waiting for their turn at the source

October 20, 2017
Women who remain on the island after the men migrate take shelter in a stilt house during floods. (Photo by Sayanti Sengupta)

Women-centric interventions needed for flood-ravaged Sundarbans islands

After men migrate for work, women of Mousuni Island in the Sundarbans in West Bengal have to struggle for survival, losing land to floods and erosion, and livelihoods to salinity ingress

October 18, 2017
Residents of Adakata village listen to a program on community radio. (Photo by Basudev Mahapatra)

Community radios in Odisha help improve gender parity

Broadcasting programs on gender inequality and against stigmas suffered by women in Odisha, community radio stations have effected a positive change in rural communities where girls are still the ignored population

October 13, 2017
Meerabai Meena, the hand pump mechanic who ensures clean drinking water across five villages. (Photo by Manish Kumar Shukla)

Today’s Meerabai quenches thirst in Rajasthan villages

Stepping into an all-male preserve, mechanic Meerabai Meena of Padoona village in Udaipur district traverses hilly terrain every day, repairing hand pumps to ensure safe drinking water for residents in five villages