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Rebuilding their lives with craft

The Board of Directors of this company haven't been to college or school. They don’t have fancy cars, and haven't travelled more than 50 kilometers from their homes. What makes them even more unique is that they're all women who when displaced from their homes in the Ranthambhore forest overcame many challenges, learned new crafts, rebuilt their lives and made their own destiny, writes Supriya Unni Nair.


Feminism is about leading a non-degraded life
Dr C S Lakshmi, the eminent Tamil feminist writer, who writes under the pen name Ambai, has been a researcher in women’s studies for the last several decades, and is also the Founder Trustee of Sound & Picture Archives for Research on Women (SPARROW), that has undertaken several oral history projects. She speaks to Pratibha Umashankar about a wide range of issues concerning women, including the need to write women back into history.
Culture Literature

Sex workers turn paralegal volunteers
An innovative project in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka is helping sex workers empower themselves, by training them as paralegal volunteers. A confident community is fighting exploitation, standing up and being counted, reports Ramesh Menon.
Gender Laws and Policy

When the man in the family is branded a terrorist
What happens to the mothers, sisters, daughters, and wives of the Muslim men who are rounded up, rightly or wrongly, for being terrorists? While the media talks mostly to the men the voices of these women are lost. Their family, community and the organizations working on releasing their men are not able to offer them much support. This leads to a silent suffering, the results of which could be dangerous finds Puja Awasthi.
Mental Health

Arifa shows how business is done
In conflict-stricken region of Kashmir where women are sheltered and house-bound, it's next to impossible for a woman to be an entrepreneur. Making it possible are women like Arifa, who overcame various challenges to start her own crafts store in Srinagar. Renu Agal meets Arifa to write her inspiring story.
Business Jammu and Kashmir

Are we celebrating too much too soon?
Can a ruling from the Supreme Court change the socio-cultural and psychological ramifications of unwed motherhood in India? Shoma A Chatterji probes deeper to find out the social and sociological impact of the ruling on the family.
Gender Laws and Policy Society

Saving forests: Women sentinels of Gunduribadi
The women of Gunduribadi, a small tribal village in Odisha, go out daily for thengapalli or forest patrolling around their village. They are also members of their Forest Protection Committee which decides how to manage the forest and its resources. Sonali Pattnaik spent a day with these sentinels of Gunduribadi to find out how this movement has restored the forest and empowered the villagers.
Forests Adivasis ORISSA

Veteran Voices: Detailing Indian Women’s Struggles
Decades of struggle and innumerable sacrifices are involved in the long history of women's movement in India. Deepti Priya Mehrotra speaks to some of the exemplary leaders who recall the history of women’s movement and their role in it.
Gender Laws and Policy Women's Representation

Unleashing Political Renaissance By Rejecting Patriarchy
Boregaon is a small village in Solapur district of Maharashtra where men have shunned the patriarchal mindset to support women’s political empowerment and gender equality, writes Suchismita Pai.
Panchayats Culture Women's Representation

Workers, not beggars
Recent incidents, where sex workers were detained by the police and subsequently forced into a state shelter for beggars, are symptomatic of the continuous harassment faced by them and a basic lack of understanding of their realities. Pushpa Achanta elaborates.
Gender Laws and Policy KARNATAKA Human Rights

A Man Cannot Tolerate Failure
The age-old notions of patriarchy and masculinity, which suppress and disempower women, have an equally damaging effect on men’s behaviour and psyche, leaving them ill-equipped to handle failure. Rimjhim Jain reports.
Farmer Suicides Gender Laws and Policy Culture

Should films have statutory warnings on violence against women?
A 90-second video put together by a group of women activists demands a pop-up statutory warning on screen every time a woman is assaulted or abused. Shoma Chatterji critiques the video, raising several questions over its content as well as the stance that it takes.
Films Gender and Media Gender Violence Media

Womanhood: A synthesis through many forms
Shoma Chatterji writes on Samanway 7, a unique theatre festival showcasing performances conceived of and crafted exclusively by women, which evolved into a well-blended expression of feminist questions that have sustained through the ages.
Art Creative

Rebuilding their lives with craft
Casting out caste crime
When women unite
Bringing spring back in the lives of India’s widows
Ain't no mountain high enough!
When tribal India too begins to favour its sons
How to avert the dangers of being an Internet user
The many battles that Kashmiri female cops fight
Muslim women fight patriarchal Sharia laws
When expecting mothers fight graft to secure prenatal care
What it means to be old and alone in the city
Surrogacy: The real picture
Why an abused employee feels let down by the judiciary
Women along the LoC: Battling climate change and landmines
In search of the missing link
Spewing venom, leaders remain above hate speech laws
Are we just blind persons feeling an elephant?
A law to help women, but who is enforcing it?
What surrogate parenting entails in India
Mass marriages to prevent abuse: 550 and counting!
When a Dalit family approaches the police
The women left behind
Tales of the excluded
Left to languish in a foreign country
When will Indian politics wake up to climate change?
The Indian feminist who took on Oxford
To deliver on health, understand it first
The trauma never ends!
Why the death penalty stands for nothing
Why the death penalty stands for nothing
Why trolls have it so easy
The tale of an acid-attack survivor
Female and fearful In Mamata’s Bengal
An unequal disaster in the land of Chipko
Delhi, through women's eyes
Why women in this village can't cook dal
Ringing the bell against VAW
Industrial Tribunal verdict raises hope
Chronicling the tears of Kashmiri women
The way ahead for women
What happened to Tomar's daughter?
Imprinting the women's view
Renaming Nakusa
Banding together, for their rights
Work is life
Setting their own paths
'Laws are a springboard'
Righting the wrongs in divorce law
Hidden behind a modest restaurant, decades of worth
Recognising the 'work' in sex work
What is a homemaker worth?
Going through with their pregnancies
Prayers answered: women enter Vaishnavite monastery
From fields to a BPO in 6 months
Kashmiri identity and the onslaught on women
Women’s reservation Bill – the 2010 story
Blast bole and bloom together?
Boxing their way forward
Saved by the women
Abortion law's grey zone: retarded mothers
Lakshadweep's Muslim women conquer the Earth
Securing live-in relationships
"Just let a woman be"
When a woman conducts the Nikah
Dismal breastfeeding rates hampering infant health
Skip the loo, my darling
Looking back at Hum Log
Looking back at Hum Log
A change in an inhuman tradition
Films from the fields
Work matters
NREGA shines for Tripura women
Karma Sutra
Diary of the displaced
Women warriors of the sea
No country for women
Girls count
What policies can inspire men?
A day in the life of a dhandewali
Dress code wars continue
"Every house should be a woman's organisation"
From silence to voice, taking stock
Living off prostitution
Invisible women
Unrecognised heroines
A world without women
The POTA families of Godhra
The 'invisible' half
Rigorous road to rehabilitation
Community work making brothels safer
Fighting eve-teasing: rights and remedy
Adivasi women turn turmeric traders
Grounded till thirty
Guns and widows
Linkages between HIV-AIDS and gender violence
"I need my land, not money."
A rural B-school for women
Maid to suffer
Sex trade thrives in conflict-ridden Manipur
Super-moms of suicide country
Land titles don't come easy for farm widows
No place for single women
Women of U.P., unite!
Katta panchayats denying relief to women
Devadasis uniting to end 'dedications'
Rapist to victim: will you marry me?
'Gendered' health
Premature menopause risks rising: study
The tale of three widows
A storehouse of untapped potential
Training the millions left behind
Chhatisgarh's ray of hope
A mirage, in the guise of a law
An opportunity and a necessity
Making menopause easier
A suggestion for Munnabhai
Morning-after pills seized in Chennai
Less than half a voice
Our own Personal Law Board
Forced departures
Foeticide journeys
A marriage of her choice
Parenthood sans prejudices
Whose family, whose land?
Behind the lessening of true potential
'Poster' women
Through the eyes of women filmmakers
Girls without power
Educating Mr. Modi
Orissa's draft resettlement policy is promising
Older women in the city
Testimonies of harassment
The silence around sex work
Dialogue of equivocation
Women speak out
Who cries when mothers die?
Neidonuo Angami, mother of peace
Good girls don't drink
Learning to be leaders
Gender Revolution, after White Revolution
Women in the audience
Mothers of the Earth
Restructuring society, post-tsunami
A newborn's first right
Are girl students safe?
Suryanelli verdict : justice overturned?
Gendered tsunami
A self-help success story
Working in the world : Chingrajpara's women
Sania's sisters
Peacing Assam together
Women's force for peace
Invisible sportswomen
New woman on top
Moving beyond the Koran
Young flesh in the trade
Gudiya's choice
Her mind, her country
Deeper resolve brings them water
More than the letter of the law
Not just a matter of choice
Instant justice
"Never" on the agenda
Raw deal for women journalists
Disempowering forest management
New govt's population control thrust
Can science be women-friendly?
Sense and nonsense
Gender - a Left priority
Talk: Status of Indian women's rights
One village, one computer
Migration, agriculture and women
The silent revolution
Sex ratio: the hidden horrors
Time to reflect and celebrate
Artiste and activist
To make Kashmir smile
This irony beacons hope
Burqa-clad and empowered
A few good women
A failure of ethics and legislation
Latur : a long journey
Gaining ground on mental health
A tale of two trains
Gender norms worsen AIDS scenario
Men and rape prevention
Looking back, looking forward
Stemming campus violence
Something is changing
Rape and Delhi's urban environment
Hundred years of battle
By choice and circumstance
Women's Ways of Seeing
Bollywood's 'homely' heroines
Grounded at fifty
Flowers aren't enough
Girls get going
Making space for her in litigation
A cultural deficit
Must boys tease girls?
Budget, Women & The Yawning Gap
Winning the Obstacle Race
Stress in the sunshine sector
A man for all times
The Global Beck and Call Service
Another kind of war
Marriage – A retail outlet
The Railway Women
Technology Transforms Rural Women
Disparities in Inequality
Mental health, administrative disorder
Dignity though Papad making
Burning aspirations
The condom, the moon and the finger
Seven markers for gender balance
Why a dress code? Why only women?
Warrior Women of Coorg

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