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Orissa's wonder women

By Pradeep Baisakh

Orissa’s villages are beginning to see the benefits of committed women sarpanchs spearheading projects under the MGNREGS, and taking up problems and issues with government officials

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Changing men for gender equity

By Romit Chowdhury

Praajak, a Kolkata-based NGO which has been working with boys and men for more than a decade now, considers challenging the social construction of patriarchal masculinity a crucial route to achieving the goal of gender equity

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Women break out of gender discrimination

By Rashme Sehgal

Seventy thousand girls across Maharashtra are escaping the oppression of their homes to attend meetings of the Adolescent Girls Group which trains them in gender, health and nutrition and gives them a new confidence

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The power of Kali

A women's group fighting sexual harassment in Kanpur finds hundreds of supporters

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The building blocks of change

Belaku started as a small health research project in rural Karnataka. But then the women said it was all very well to tell them about nutrition and eating right, but who was going to pay for it? Thus began the livelihoods initiative, Kirana 

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Online war against sex-selective abortions


The Datamation Foundation uses ICT to tackle the problem of sex-selective abortions. Confidential complaints against law-breakers can be registered on its website, registration of ultrasound equipment is tracked online, and computer carts and community radio take messages into rural areas

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Safety nets for migrant women


Jabala's Safe Migration Project gets panchayats in West Bengal to keep track of women who migrate into urban areas, providing a safety net for women who get trapped into sex work or slave labour

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The MALAR metamorphosis: Linking literacy with economic empowerment


An impressive federation of 1,410 women's self-help groups spread across virtually every village in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, funds literacy, health and economic empowerment at the local level

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ANANDI: Helping women set the development agenda

In Saurashtra and the Panchmahals district of Gujarat ANANDI is ensuring that women set the agenda for infrastructure development, food security and much more. Women here have rebuilt 700 quake-damaged homes, and are trained in disaster-proof construction, repair of handpumps and the digging of wells

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Saving the girl-child

A brief history of the campaign against sex selective abortion in India

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Self-employed and self-reliant

Self-employment among rural women gets a boost through the efforts of SEWA.

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Battling chauvinism to do a man's job

Illiterate tribal women in Uttar Pradesh equip themselves with non-conventional skills like repairing handpumps.

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The dai's way to child birth

A unique project explores the indigenous knowledge of traditional midwives.

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Empowering peasant women

The Centre for Women’s Development Studies has worked over two decades to train Santhal tribal women in Bankura, West Bengal, in collective and individual livelihood skills.

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Freedom from fear

Survivors of violence learn to fight back in Calcutta.

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Justice for our daughters

Shakti Shalini initiates effective action against dowry-related crimes.

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Stop the witch-hunt

Witch-hunting is still prevalent in some Indian states. FLAC runs a campaign against this appalling practice and supports women accused of practising witchcraft.

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Breaking the silence

A Delhi-based centre provides support to survivors of incest.

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In the shade of the Banyan

Mentally ill destitute women find refuge at a rehabilitation home in Chennai.

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