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From where I stand: “I saved a life”

Monday, November 12, 2018

If all people start boycotting such weddings, it would definitely help eliminate child marriage. People are needed during a marriage ceremony: a priest to perform the religious rites, musical band to play the music, cook to prepare the food for the guests and guests to give their blessings to the newlyweds. I took a group of women with me and visited the parents of a 16-year-old girl whose marriage was fixed before she was of the legally... More

From where I stand: “I feel good about the change that I have been able to bring”

Monday, November 12, 2018

When I was in Class 11 and there was no money for attending school, I dropped out. I continued with my studies at home by taking notes from my friends and borrowing books. This is how I kept myself connected with studies, and I joined back school as soon as I had the means to do so. I am currently pursuing my studies and working simultaneously at the Empowerment Centre. At Pragya, I got the opportunity to help women find jobs... More

Dalit rights activists break new grounds in South Asia

Friday, August 3, 2018

Moni Rani Das, born and raised in a “cleaners’ colony”—poor and segregated settlements where street cleaners and domestic workers live—in Dhaka, Bangladesh, never imagined that she would be advocating for her rights and those of nearly 3 million Dalit women of her country. Today, she is the first Dalit person to be part... More

From where I stand: “The solutions really are with communities and the people”

Friday, August 3, 2018

I started working for women's empowerment more than 20 years ago when dowry killings were rampant in northern India. My friends and I set up an organization called Saheli in 1981 to help women facing domestic violence. Saheli, along with other women's groups, helped change many legislations including the law on domestic violence and the law against pornographic display of women. But then I realized that all this helps only middle-class women who... More

TAKE FIVE: Beena Pallical

Monday, July 9, 2018

Beena Pallical is the Executive Director at the Asia Dalit Rights Forum and the current Manager of a programme seeking to strengthen Dalit Women’s Economic Rights across South Asia . The Dalit community in this region is still considered the lowest of the historical castes and suffers widespread discrimination, despite recent legislation and initiatives. Within the community, the specific problem of women’s economic empowerment has received little attention, but is now the focus... More

Comedy for Equality: Harnessing the power of laughter for empowerment and peace

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

“I believe in women having control over their own bodies, but I feel like my own body is getting a little out of control. I’m in my 30’s, and it feels like my body is a band. The older I get, different parts are pursuing solo careers,” joked Aparna Nancherla to a packed house of delegates, United Nations staff and civil society organizations at the event Comedy... More

In the words of Nidhi Goyal: “These spaces belong to everyone”

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Nidhi Goyal, 32, is a disabled feminist from India who works on disability rights and gender equality. After losing her sight as a teenager, Goyal committed herself to changing the lives of persons with disabilities, and particularly women and girls with disabilities. As a researcher, writer, trainer, stand-up comedian and advocate, she works to raise awareness on the intersection of the disability rights movement, and the women’s movement.... More

In the words of Major Cleo Bigwood: “Many of us are working tirelessly to make things better for you.”

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Major Cleo Bigwood is the Force Gender and Child Protection Officer at the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). She participated at a UN Women training on ‘Mainstreaming gender in UN Peacekeeping to End Conflict Related Sexual Violence’, which took place in New Delhi in February 2018, funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy. The course trained 41 military and police... More

Take Five: “The opportunity for sustainable energy entrepreneurship is significant for women”

Monday, May 14, 2018

Suhela Khan currently leads UN Women’s joint programme with UNEP, called "Women’s Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Energy Programme" in India. Launched at COP 21 in six countries, the Programme works on identifying and removing structural gender-specific barriers that female energy entrepreneurs face, enhancing women’s productive use of sustainable energy, and increasing women’s participation and leadership in... More

OP-ED: A gender responsive budget

Friday, February 2, 2018

The Economic Survey of 2017-2018 assumes special significance for two reasons-one, it marks the last full Budget of the Government before the 2019 General Elections. Second, for the first time, the survey entails a dedicated chapter on gender, relaying a renewed focus on the most urgent challenge of our time. The chapter rightfully notes the gains made by the government in improving gender indicators and more importantly, offers an analytical method to capture the... More

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