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In India, the principle of gender equality has been enshrined in its Constitution, the very document that provides the basis and guidance for governance in a democracy. In this sense, gender justice in India is inextricable from the workings of the democratic principles we have adopted. The inclusion of gender justice – equality before the law, enfranchisement, positive discrimination for neutralizing social and economic inequity – among other things made the Indian Constitution, as Uday S. Mehta...

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Women’s Activism Theme for World Women’s Day 2018

The United Nations (UN) has marked the theme for Women’s Day 2018 (March 8th) as their activism in all settings with a focus on the women in rural settings (UN, 2018). The theme comes in the backdrop of the visibility of women’s activism becoming more accessible to people globally especially the visibility of their activism in cases of sexual violence, the gender pay gap and so on. Women’s activism is not new. According to Ramachandra Guha (Hindustan Times, 2018), in developing his tactics...

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Women’s day special – 8 passionate women environmentalists

Ranked alphabetically, here is a list of eight notable women from India and the world who have consistently worked for the betterment of our planet. Celebrating this women’s day we thank these strong women for their spirit and perseverance, and hope that many young readers find these accounts aspirational and inspiring.

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Urban Slum Dwellers Displacement and Vulnerability

Elite slum dwellers bargain, negotiate and build complex alliances outside the slum to gain power to displace, marginalise and exclude the poorest slum dwellers. Widowhood, one of the most vulnerable statuses, faces dispossession shaping conflicts within slums.

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Empowerment: A Buzzword that Needs Revisiting

Women’s empowerment, the often used concept in the contemporary discourse on development, needs revisiting. The empowering processes have to embrace men as well to address gender-biased structures, frameworks and rigid mind-sets for effective transformation.

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Changing perspectives of child sex ratio in Haryana

It took Haryana twenty long years to bring up the child sex ratio (in the age group of 0 to 6 years) to 900 as per the Civil Registration System, January 2016 though it still remains lower than the generally accepted national norm of 950 girls to 1000 boys. Nevertheless, it is a significant improvement from the 2011 Census, where the child sex ratio was 834 girls to 1000 boys, far worse than the national average. At the same time in some parts of Haryana, there exists a growing population of young...

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Women Empowerment: An Overused Term

Women Empowerment is a much used cliched term that has outlived its utility. Women can become independent only when they are self motivated and no amount of imposition from the outside can be classified as empowerment.

Gender Justice | VOL. 16, ISSUE 95, March-April 2016

Vulnerabilities in Women’s Work and Land Rights

Alienation from land and distress-driven shift towards agricultural wage work leave women particularly vulnerable. Although amended inheritance laws have increased the probability of daughters inheriting fathers’ land, women’s effective control over agricultural land, though relatively higher in the southern states, continues to remain abysmally low on an average in rural India.

Gender Justice | VOL. 14, ISSUE 87, November-December 2014

The Panchayat and Women’s Empowerment

Women have had a long history of being discriminated against and exploited in Indian society. The 73rd Constitutional Amendment introduced measures to reverse these indignities. Yet, there remains strong resistance against their participation in the public sphere.

Gender Justice | VOL. 14, ISSUE 87, November-December 2014

New Leadership: the Panchayat and Women

Panchayati Raj has attracted women to politics in large numbers, particularly from the scheduled castes and tribes, many of whom are first-timers. Success at the grassroots level has given women eloquence, and a voice. However, decision-making positions continue to elude most women.