THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
29 April 2017
Opinions : Kalpana Sharma
WOMEN AND SOCIETY
The way ahead for women
However imperfect, the National Commission for Women should not be disbanded. Instead, it needs to be debated and held accountable to its original mandate, writes writes Kalpana Sharma.
OP-ED Women Kalpana's Commentary

PUBLIC SAFETY
No space for women If women cannot step out of their homes and offices without the fear of being assaulted for no other reason than their gender, then clearly there is something very wrong, writes Kalpana Sharma.
OP-ED Gender Violence Kerala Kalpana's Commentary
CHILD LABOUR LAWS
Lacunae and contradictions The survey of child labour in agriculture has helped to draw attention once again to many issues that must be addressed if every child is to have a meaningful right to education, writes Kalpana Sharma.
Child Labour Agriculture OP-ED Kalpana's Commentary
MATERNAL DEATHS
Mis-counting mortality A recent report by Human Rights Watch, No Tally of the Anguish provides a much-needed exposure of the real story behind averages and official data about maternal mortality, writes Kalpana Sharma.
Women's Health OP-ED U.P. Kalpana's Commentary
MATERNAL MORTALITY
Dying of indifference One woman dies every eight minutes due to complications arising due to pregnancy such as sepsis, haemorrhage or obstructed labour. These deaths could be avoided if there is timely medical intervention, writes Kalpana Sharma.
Women's Health OP-ED Kalpana's Commentary
SEXUAL HARASSMENT
Fear in the city We now have data that establishes that due to the fear of violence and harassment many women do not have the autonomy to freely move in a variety of public spaces, writes Kalpana Sharma.
OP-ED Gender Violence DELHI Kalpana's Commentary
WASTE PICKERS
Invisible environmentalists They forage the city, collecting and sorting often hazardous waste when the city sleeps and by day they are gone. Most of them are women and we have no long-term policy in place that looks at their welfare or health, writes Kalpana Sharma.
Environmental Hazards Waste Public Health OP-ED Kalpana's Commentary
MEDIA AND WOMEN
Twists, turns, dead-ends The Sunanda episode leaves us with some hard questions, about the attitude of the media to women, about sexism and other hurdles that women face everyday at the workplace, writes Kalpana Sharma.
OP-ED Gender and Media Kalpana's Commentary
FEMALE ILLITERACY
Educating India 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 Kalpana Sharma.
Girls' Education OP-ED Kalpana's Commentary
SMALL TOWNS
Growing without a plan Rajnandgaon's location along a national highway has helped it to grow. It is also not cash-strapped. But its problem is the absence of good governance, writes Kalpana Sharma.
Cities OP-ED CHHATISGARH Kalpana's Commentary
SMALL TOWNS
Between a village and a town Janjgir has a poor base to raise finances and is heavily dependent on fund transfers from the state government. There is little here that would qualify this as a town, writes Kalpana Sharma.
Cities OP-ED CHHATISGARH Kalpana's Commentary
SMALL TOWNS
Saved by the women Narnaul illustrates above all the value of investing in women. Many have continued to be active and involved even though they have little practical support from the Municipal Council, writes Kalpana Sharma.
Cities OP-ED HARYANA Women Kalpana's Commentary
SMALL TOWNS
Where history and prejudice collide While the old town is chaotic and crowded, on the other side the roads are wide and well maintained. There appears to be a complete disconnect between the two halves of Mirzapur, writes Kalpana Sharma.
Cities OP-ED U.P. Kalpana's Commentary
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