As part of a study on the socio-economic status of women from the ‘Most Backward Castes’, women from the Nayibrahmin or barber community talk of their lives of oppression and deprivation. Akhileshwari Ramagoudrecounts their tales.
Where did all the women go?
a former member of the Prime Minister's task force for Women in Science under the Department of Science and Technology, explores the
status of women scientists in India in a freewheeling conversation with
The Annual Status of Education Report, 2009 points out yet again that what stands between rural girls and a good education is often basic
facilities like transport and proper toilets, writes
A mother's touch at school
An innovative program of education for young children achieves the twin objectives of encouraging more families to send their girls to school, as well
as giving the teachers a greater sense of autonomy over their own lives.
reports on the Mother-Teacher Programme.
Textbooks for change
A number of new NCERT textbooks for class I to class XII have been designed to encourage children to
question social prejudices, discrimination and inequalities. This is a conscious reversal of the earlier
trend where textbooks reinforced prevailing stereotypes, notes
Deepti Priya Mehrotra.
Girls without power
Despite islands of progress and even a paradoxical government-run success, the larger picture
of girls' education and their empowerment is dismal. There is an enormous gap between fact and
paper fiction, and the task for feminists and activists is cut out, says
Deepti Priya Mehrotra
on the International Women's Day.
Are girl students safe?
The fleeting attention that is given to the rape of a girl in school hides the systematic harassment and violence that
so many are subjected to - an important reason why girls drop out of the education system around the age of puberty.
Deepti Priya Mehrotra
Barriers to girls' education
We should not be too quick to
attribute low literacy among girls to poverty alone. A number of other
factors are just as responsible.
Wahidul Hasan Khan
lists some of these.
Long and arduous road
Educationists and social scientists are increasingly veering around to the view
that persistent gender biases are rooted in India's failed education
system. As a result, the search for gender parity
must begin with guaranteed access to quality education for all.