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India’s ‘invisible’ Women Hope For Recognition At Farmers Protests

India’s ‘invisible’ Women Hope For Recognition At Farmers Protests

Legions of women have trekked to India’s capital to join massive protests against agricultural reforms, hoping not only to protect their livelihoods but also win visibility as farmers. About 75% of rural women in India who work full-time are farmers, Oxfam says, with numbers rising as men migrate to work in factories and construction sites. […]

Women Who Escaped Slavery Turn Anti-Trafficking Crusaders In India

Women Who Escaped Slavery Turn Anti-Trafficking Crusaders In India

 Separated from her parents, Jayashree Ponrajan spent most of her teenage years trapped in a form of bonded labour – forced to live and work in the spinning mills of southern India. It took Ponrajan years to find a way out, but ever since then she has been denouncing the recruitment of teenagers in India’s […]

Poor Indian Women ‘Learn To Ignore’ Sexual Abuse At Work

Poor Indian Women ‘Learn To Ignore’ Sexual Abuse At Work

From lewd comments to demands for sex, women working in India’s vast informal sector rarely report sexual harassment for fear of losing their jobs, labour rights campaigners said on Wednesday, three years after the #MeToo movement began. From street vendors and factory workers to maids, 95% of Indian women work in the informal sector and […]

India’s Federal Police To Probe Alleged Gang Rape Of Woman Who Died Of Injuries

India’s Federal Police To Probe Alleged Gang Rape Of Woman Who Died Of Injuries

India’s federal police will investigate the alleged gang rape of a young woman in northern Uttar Pradesh state whose death sparked nationwide protests, the local government said in a statement on Saturday. The 19-year-old Dalit woman died of her injuries earlier this week, triggering protests by both opposition political parties and the public in New […]

Girls Tackle Child Marriage On The Football Pitch In India

Girls Tackle Child Marriage On The Football Pitch In India

When India began lifting its coronavirus lockdown, Meera, a child bride from northwestern India, was focused on just one thing: when she could start playing football again. In Rajasthan, one of the Indian regions where early marriage persists despite being outlawed more than a decade ago, a girls’ soccer initiative is tackling gender inequality, and […]

Indian Man Accused Of Slashing Pregnant Wife’s Stomach ‘To Check Gender’

Indian Man Accused Of Slashing Pregnant Wife’s Stomach ‘To Check Gender’

A man has been arrested in northern India after slashing his pregnant wife’s stomach with a sickle, leaving her critically ill and causing the death of their unborn baby boy, police and her relatives said. The woman was in intensive care in a hospital in the capital, New Delhi, said police in Budaun, Uttar Pradesh […]

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 […]

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