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Chitamma: Nari shakti

By Aditya Malaviya

Chitamma is the driving force behind Samudram, a federation of fisherpeople in 21 coastal blocks of Orissa that trains women to be economically independent and demands entitlements to education, public health, PDS and water

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Mukta Jhodia: 'I will die for my bheeta mati'

By Suroopa Mukherjee

Mukta Jhodia, tribal woman leader and first recipient of the Chingari Award for Women Fighting Corporate Crime 2007, talks about her relentless struggle against the Utkal Alumina bauxite mining and processing project in Kashipur, Orissa

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A thousand dreams, 1,000 voices

By Kamla Bhasin

The 157 South Asian women who are amongst the 1,000 women being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005, are struggling to get access to clean water, control over land and other resources; they are fighting against the destruction of local diversities, building bridges between conflicting communities, and working to protect the human rights of women and other minorities

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Phenomenal woman: Sashikala Govekar

By Preetu Nair and Peter D'Souza

On a search for its Woman of the Year, the Goan newspaper Gomantak Times came across the extraordinary Sashikala Govekar, a fisherwoman who breathes life into Mapusa market, and a sarpanch who is much respected in Nerul

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Keeping craft traditions alive

By Lalitha Sridhar

An interview with Sally Holkar, the woman behind Women Weave, a voluntary organisation that seeks to address the concerns of women weavers in India

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'Feminine energy must rule the world': Eve Ensler

By Rashme Sehgal

Eve Ensler's play The Vagina Monologues has helped raise $25 million for the cause of preventing violence against women. The playwright was in India to help raise money for a women's shelter in a village near Dharamsala

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Foregrounding women's voices

By Laxmi Murthy

Urvashi Butalia, co-founder of Kali for Women, India's first feminist publishing house, has now moved on to set up Zubaan Books. In this free-floating interview, Butalia reaffirms the need to make women's voices heard

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Sujata Gothoskar: Fighting for the invisible underclass

By Sheba Tejani

93% of India's total workforce, which contributes 63% of the GDP, is employed in the informal sector. 96% of all women employed in the economy work in the informal sector, at low wages, long hours of work and no social security benefits. Sujata Gothoskar has spent decades working for the rights of women in the unorganised sector

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Two women and a flying squad

By Girija Godbole

She used to use a sickle to cut the umbilical cord. Now she uses gloves, scissors and thread when she conducts a delivery. In her nine-yard sari and traditional nosering Sugandhabai and her co-worker Shantabai manage the local self-help groups, take the ecological message to hundreds of villagers as they march through the Western Ghats, fight the country liquor mafia and hold the local administration accountable

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Pakistan's fiery shame: Women die in stove deaths

By Juliette Terzieff

'Stove death' is the bitter expression used to refer to the fiery punishment meted out to wives in Pakistan. In Islamabad alone, 4,000 women are believed to have been set ablaze. Shehnaz Bokhari braves death threats to fight the practice

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Barefoot, female and a solar engineer

By Shruti Gupta

Gulab Devi is illiterate, but she talks about circuits, transformers and condensers as other women talk about cooking and sewing. She is one of many barefoot solar engineers - mostly women -- working across eight states of India

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Bimla Devi: Health messages and hymns

By Alka Arya

Bimla Devi, a young dalit woman from Nagal Teju village in Haryana, has managed to ensure safe motherhood and deliveries in her village. She has got the upper and lower castes drinking water from the same tap. She has prevented a child marriage. And she has spread awareness about gender equality and panchayati raj.

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Listening now

By Anindita Sengupta

There is a severe paucity of counselling services for survivors of sexual violence in India. Organisations like CEHAT and RAHI are trying to plug a gigantic gap in the mental health system in India

counselling for rape survivors

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The importance of women’s agency

By Deepti Priya Mehrotra

Enhancing women’s status and power can have huge benefits, said Amartya Sen, pointing to Bangladesh, which performs better than India on many social indicators, including sex ratios

Amartya Sen

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Not on our bodies anymore

Violence against women is on the rise in Bengal, but the state authorities are dismissing recent cases of sexual assault as ‘conspiracies’ by ‘liars’. What really has changed since the Mathura rape case 30 years ago, asks Rajashri Dasgupta

law on rape

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Impact of the Vishaka Judgment

By Albertina Almeida

While a legislation on sexual harassment seems imminent, the Vishaka Judgment on sexual harassment at the workplace has, over the last 15 years, leapt out of the statute books and deeply influenced policy and practice in institutions and offices

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Women map their lives

By Pamela Philipose

The women of Itaha Kalpi, a drought-hit village in Bundelkhand, UP, came together across caste lines to map water and other resources available in their village in rangoli, and then on paper. In the process, the barefoot cartographers also learnt to map their inequities, their aspirations and demands, and began to voice these

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Tendu leaf binding centres: No place for pregnant women

By Sarada Lahangir

The Orissa government earns crores from the tendu leaf trade. But the poor women employed in the binding centres work 12 hours a day for less than minimum wages. Pregnant women, who work these long hours without adequate drinking water or sanitation facilities and no healthcare, are the worst-affected

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MMS porn clips: The dark side of technology

By Tripti Nath

Cyber gender crimes are on the rise in India. But how are these crimes to be policed and prevented, and why has there been not a single conviction in such a case so far?

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'Men also need to be liberated from patriarchy'

Efforts to tackle gender-based violence against women in India have concentrated on empowering women to assert themselves and prevent violence. Men have been insulated from the process of transformation, says Harish Sadani of Men Against Violence and Abuse. Until men are seen as part of the solution, the status of women will not change significantly

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