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Women registered at the Sulabh training centre, Nai Disha,are taught various vocational skills like food processing, tailoring and beauty care apart from imparting them functional literacy.(Credit: Elsa MathewsWFS)

Building A Life Beyond Manual Scavenging

[By Elsa Mathews] Alwar  – Sunita Nanda, 30, still remembers the day she was thrown out of the ‘jajman’s’ (patron) house. She recounts the painful encounter, “As a newly married bride when I went to my in-law’s employer’s house and touched their feet, they took a huge offence. They abused my family and rebuked me for having the audacity to ...

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Bundeli Samaj segregating food collected from households

Roti Bank : A lifeline for the poor in Bundelkhand

[By Narendra Kaushik] Mahoba:  Every evening as the clock strikes 7 O’clock, Tara Patkar, a journalist who quit the profession in January 2014 to take up public causes, Haji Muttan, a do-gooder who has performed Haj over a dozen and a half times, and their colleagues pick up jute bags and spread out into different directions of the city. They ...

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Raj Kumar Paras, 39, from Barakhamba colony, a slum settlement on the outskirts of Agra, Uttar Pradesh, understands the implications of underage marriage and is there for anyone who needs support to fight it| Credit: Chetna Verma\WFS

Men Stand Tall Against Child Marriage

[By Chetna Verma] Agra – The young thrive on dreams for a brighter tomorrow. Most aspire to have a comfortable home, a rewarding career and a loving family – and they work hard to put together the pieces of this perfect life, bit-by-bit. But what if one never even got a decent shot at fulfilling one’s ambitions or breaking free ...

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Sidana Institutes,Khiala khurd,Ramtirath road,Ajnala,Amritsar

Dr. Jeewan Jyoti Sidana – Transforming education in Punjab

Dr. Jeewan Jyoti Sidana runs a chain of educational institutes in Amritsar of India’s Punjab State which covers 100 villages of the border district and who has become a beacon of hope for the 1.8 lac population in the area. Dr. Sidana believes that education is the only way to transform India where the need of the hour is for women ...

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Women in India have stormed several male bastions but one that continues to remain unbreachable is the highly patriarchal and hierarchical police force. (Courtesy: Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative)

The Force Is Certainly Not For Women

By Taru Bahl Delhi (WFS) – Aruna Bahuguna is not a woman to be trifled with. Apart from being the first female chief of the prestigious National Police Academy in Hyderabad, where she oversees the training of future police leaders, she has held several important posts and been conferred with state honours, including the Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Service ...

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I paid a bribe: how some citizens are fighting corruption from the bottom up

[Daniel Hough] How can policy-makers most effectively tackle corruption? The question is hardly new and over the years it’s one that many have given plenty of thought to. Building up a consensus on what works and why it works has proven difficult, and this has perhaps contributed to the enthusiasm for a novel, and democratic, frontline in an ancient fight. ...

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Suvarna Nanasaheb Bhandge's (centre) husband gave her the confidence to step out and attend gram sabha meetings, which paved the way for her to become the Sarpanch of Hatid village in 2012. (Credit: Suchismita Pai\WFS)

Men For Women At The Panchayat

[By Suchismita Pai] Solapur (WFS) – It was extreme anxiety that drove Sampata Shivaji Babar and Kalavati Sambhaji Babar to Baburao Sadashiv Bhajnavle. In Manegaon village of Maharashtra’s Solapur district, women were not just expected to keep quiet, they were also expected to be invisible. On the domestic front they had to take on the responsibility of running the household ...

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Equality, justice and rights for women have remained Dr V. Rukmini Rao’s (centre) priority ever since she espoused the cause some forty years ago.

She’s Been A True ‘Saheli’ To Rural Women

[By Bhanu Priya Vyas] New Delhi (WFS) – “Back in my Saheli days, we started the process of getting an FIR registered. When a woman would go and complain against her husband, the constable would say: ‘Thappad maara to kya hua, roti nahi deta hai kya (so what if he slapped, does he not feed you well)?’ After all these ...

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There is very little data on women’s ownership of land and assets even though it is an area that is very significant, particularly because it is inter-twined with many other dimensions of women’s lives. (Credit: Subhrajit Dutta Mallick\WFS)

The Number Game: Using Data To Enable Women’s Empowerment

[By Amrita Nandy] New Delhi (WFS) – Severe arthritis has left Shanti, 68, nearly disabled. Bent with age, she limps through her days in acute pain, barely being able to cook or clean for herself. Single by choice, this retired nurse, who is based in Delhi, is without any physical support ever since her brother moved abroad to greener pastures. ...

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Members of the Kishori Mandal in Ranchi district get
together once every week to review their micro-credit accounting and
then discuss issues like eating healthy meals or standing up against child marriage. (Credit: Ajitha MenonWFS)

Teenage Girls Generate Wealth To Secure Health

[By Ajitha Menon] Ranchi (WFS) – ‘Kal Baisakhi’, or Nor’westers, originate in the Chhotanagpur Plateau, in and around areas like Ranchi and Jamshedpur in Jharkhand, in the months of April and May. These violent thunderstorms usually cause great destruction. Neetu Kumari, 15, of Jidu Pandra Toli village in Ormanjhi block of Ranchi district saw the thatched roof of her mud ...

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