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India's Smart Cities Mission

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Government of India launched the Smart Cities Mission on 25 June 2015. The objective of the mission is to promote sustainable and inclusive cities that provide core infrastructure and a decent quality of life to their citizens; a clean and sustainable environment; and the application of “smart” solutions. Women constitute a little less than half of the urban population in India. It is crucial that the design of upcoming smart cities is gender... More

In the words of Sunita Kashyap: “We believe in trade, not aid”

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

I am everything to Umang, and I’m also nothing (on my own). That’s how Umang is, for every single woman. We come together and collectively impact our lives. Twenty years ago, during the founding of Umang, I was a high-school graduate and a home-maker. Even though I was actively involved in farming with my husband, I wasn’t seen a “farmer”; my contribution was not considered on equal terms. But things changed when Umang became a part of my life... More

Day of the Girl Child progress report: India has moved forward in empowering girls but still lags much of the world

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Today is International Day of the Girl Child, a good day to celebrate the progress India has made in advancing the rights of half its children. Concerted efforts over the last decades are bringing results. According to the National Family and Health Survey (2015-16), teenage pregnancy has halved in the last 10 years and the percentage of girls married as children has decreased from 47% to 27%. More girls are going to school than... More

The Supreme Court of India bans instant divorce in a move to protect Muslim women’s rights

Friday, August 25, 2017

The Supreme Court of India gave a landmark judgment on 22 August, declaring the practice of unilateral and instantaneous triple talaq under the Muslim personal law unconstitutional by a 3:2 majority. The triple talaq is a practice under which a Muslim man can instantly divorce his wife by uttering the word “talaq” three times. The five-member bench delivering the historic judgement comprised of judges from different major faiths in India—Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism... More

India: Training of trainers seeks to ensure safe migration for women domestic workers

Thursday, May 11, 2017

“If only I could speak English and was trained in basic housekeeping skills, I would have had the freedom to negotiate better pay for my skills and services with my employer abroad”. Lakshmi, from the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, echoes the sentiment of thousands of women domestic workers migrating to the Gulf countries each year. She first travelled to the region nearly 15 years ago, working as a domestic help in households in Dubai, Qatar and Bahrain. She visits her home in... More

UN Women Executive Board commends development partners in India for initiatives, cooperation on achieving national priorities, SDGs

Friday, April 28, 2017

The Bureau of UN Women’s Executive Board concluded a three-day mission to India, where they gained first-hand understanding of UN Women’s work in the country through meetings and interactions with representatives from the government, development partners and media. Photo: UN Women The members included H.E. Mrs. Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations, and... More

UN Women, Ministry of Panchayati Raj to strengthen gender responsive governance

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India and the United Nations Entity of Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a project to strengthen the capacities of governance institutions to ensure that gender concerns are embedded in the design and implementation... More

Women in the changing world of work

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

In 2016, Kumari, 41, went from an unpaid agriculture and house-worker in Vedireswaram village of East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh, to a paid domestic worker in Qatar. She left behind her ailing husband, young children, and a run-down house. An unregistered recruitment agent helped her migrate, albeit on a visit visa. In the absence of a verified contract, Kumari found herself unable to negotiate her monthly wage or living conditions. Her illegal travel documents discouraged her from... More

Closer to myself | My poem on International Women's Day

Friday, March 10, 2017

All the gold that adorned my neck, arms and waist, now firms up my spine, As if in the battlefield, I stand strong and erect like a warrior so fine. अपने मंगल सूत्र कंगन टीके और तागड़ी के सारे सोने को तोड़मरोड़ कर अपनी रीढ़ को सजा लिया है और वह फौलाद सी मज़बूत दुनिया का सामना करने में एक योद्धा की तरह तनी खड़ी है... More

UN Women showcases ‘women at work’ theme in Delhi Metro

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Today, on International Women’s Day, UN Women launched a one-month campaign branding four trains of the Delhi Metro with messaging on women’s economic empowerment. Two trains each on the Blue Line and Yellow Line will showcase ‘Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030’, drawing attention to the need for equal pay for work of equal value, recognizing and sharing unpaid care work, as well as making... More

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