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Women Grieve Stillborn Babies As COVID-19 Hits Maternity Care In Rural India

Women Grieve Stillborn Babies As COVID-19 Hits Maternity Care In Rural India

Mantasha Bano was 28-weeks pregnant when her cries of sudden, unbearable pain prompted neighbours to call an ambulance in the rural Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It never came, and Bano’s baby was stillborn. Medical workers in the northern state have reported a marked increase in stillbirths as the coronavirus pandemic strains hard-pressed rural health […]

Pandemic Pushes World’s Biggest Jobs Programme To Brink In Rural India

Pandemic Pushes World’s Biggest Jobs Programme To Brink In Rural India

Omkar Rathod was thankful for the company of hundreds of fellow migrant workers as they trudged home to far-flung villages once lockdown had shut Indian industry. But he didn’t realise he would soon be competing with them for jobs. Back in his village in northern India since March, Rathod is vying for work under the […]

On India’s COVID-19 Frontline, Female Health Workers Push For Fair Pay

On India’s COVID-19 Frontline, Female Health Workers Push For Fair Pay

Rushing from one home to another in a village in western India, health worker Ashwini Mhaske cannot afford to take a breather. Working to keep COVID-19 at bay while caring for mothers and babies, Mhaske races between households to meet job targets and earn bonuses for an average monthly wage of 4,000 rupees ($54) that […]

India’s COVID-19 Lockdown Threatens Efforts To Stop Spikes In Child Marriage

India’s COVID-19 Lockdown Threatens Efforts To Stop Spikes In Child Marriage

When the police knocked on the door as 15-year-old Muskaan prepared to head to the temple in their village in northern India, the bride-to-be was distraught. With a sick father and unemployed brother, Muskaan believed that getting married to a distant relative’s son would alleviate the financial burden on her family and offer a better […]

India’s Women Seaweed Divers Swim Against The Tide Of Climate Change

India’s Women Seaweed Divers Swim Against The Tide Of Climate Change

In a blue plastic barrel, Meenakshi Mookupori packed her belongings for a five-day stay on an island in the Indian Ocean, off the Coromandal coast of south India. Besides her clothes, toothbrush and soap, she included her diving gear – a worn-out pair of black socks, a locally made pair of goggles, cheap plastic slippers, […]

Don’t Forget Us In Coronavirus Battle, Say Businesses In India’s Dharavi Slum

Don’t Forget Us In Coronavirus Battle, Say Businesses In India’s Dharavi Slum

Samita Chavan used to wake up at 3am every day to the sound of her neighbour’s wet grinder in Mumbai’s Dharavi slum. Now, she is adjusting to a rare silence after three months of lockdown that saw tens of thousands of migrant workers leave the city. Dharavi, believed to be Asia’s largest slum, has been hailed […]

Western Fashion Brands That ‘Exploit’ Bangladesh Suppliers Face Blacklisting

Western Fashion Brands That ‘Exploit’ Bangladesh Suppliers Face Blacklisting

Bangladeshi manufacturers said on Wednesday that they would blacklist Western fashion brands that “exploit” them by failing to pay their bills due to the new coronavirus crisis, days after threatening to sue a major British retailer over its debts. The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has written to British billionaire Philip Day’s Edinburgh […]

Nearly 200 migrant workers killed on India’s roads during Coronavirus Lockdown

Nearly 200 migrant workers killed on India’s roads during Coronavirus Lockdown

Nearly 200 migrant workers died in road accidents in India while returning to their village homes during the world’s longest coronavirus lockdown, a charity said on Tuesday. Tens of thousands of people walked home from India’s big cities after losing their jobs when one of the world’s strictest lockdowns was introduced and all public transport […]

India’s Top Court Orders Gender Equality In Navy

India’s Top Court Orders Gender Equality In Navy

India’s top court on Tuesday ordered the navy to treat male and female officers equally, rejecting the government’s argument that women could not be sailors because there were no separate bathrooms on ships as “illusory”. The Supreme Court also instructed the government to give all women officers permanent contracts with the same benefits as men, […]

India’s Poor Risk Loss Of Privacy, Land In Drive To Digitise Records

India’s Poor Risk Loss Of Privacy, Land In Drive To Digitise Records

A push to digitise land records in India to establish ownership and minimise conflicts has raised concerns over privacy for poorer communities and could make them more vulnerable to evictions, legal and technology experts said on Monday. India’s national land record modernisation programme seeks to re-survey lands, verify and upgrade records, and put the information […]

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