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From manual scavenger to professor, the journey of Kaushal Panwar -Ashwaq Masoodi

ll you question anything?” asks Panwar, 39 now, sitting in her three-room home in West Delhi, where the name plate of her apartment bears her name. She says: “Here, you will not see those Gender biases and stereotypes that you see among higher castes.” Panwar is an assistant professor in the Sanskrit department in Motilal Nehru College, Delhi University. She is fiery, confident and uncompromisingly forthright—just the kind

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It's time to give priority to women's work participation

he World Bank document. The report entitled India Development Update: Unlocking Women's Potential (2017) from the World Bank says that amidst shrinking job opportunities, existing social norms and Gender-specific constraints further reduce women’s chances of getting suitable jobs for themselves. Based on a previous study, the present World Bank document mentions that women generally want jobs that are well-paying, close to their homes, and

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India Development Update: Unlocking Women's Potential (2017) -World Bank

en, the pool of such talent becomes shallower and growth suffers. If the overall lack of jobs, especially regular salaried jobs, plays a large role in India’s female LFPR, only a combination of Gender-targeted and broader policies towards formal job creation can sustainably raise female LFPR and accelerate India’s GDP growth and broader social development. Policies that promote job creation in women-friendly sectors such as apparel, or tha

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The invisible women farmers -Mrinal Pande

n India. However, unlike male farmers and cultivators, their female counterparts remained doubly burdened during their peak productive period with their reproductive role seen as fundamental to their Gender while the duties it entailed were socially created. So even as women laboured in fields, they continued to have and rear children almost single-handedly, the report showed. Nearly two decades later, working with a group of women on Shram Shakti

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The seeds of discontent -Bina Agarwal

t when farmers face indebtedness. (Ironically, loan waivers will not help the most vulnerable farmers — many çan’t access bank credit anyway and depend on moneylenders). Age and Gender also affect farmer satisfaction — younger farmers tended to be more dissatisfied, and women farmers more than men, understandably since few women own land and most face difficulties accessing irrigation, credit, inputs and markets. This has i

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India fails to protect property rights of indigenous and rural women, says report

ritability of Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers' land, women's inheritance is not explicitly acknowledged, making women's rights to forests particularly vulnerable.” The Gender disparity in FRA, 2006 in the implementation has been highlighted previously by Down To Earth. The FRA, 2006 in India is one of only two legal frameworks (out of 80) where women's community-level voting and leadership rights are guaranteed throu

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Why are millions of Indian women dropping out of work? -Soutik Biswas

n's participation in the workforce - at a time when India's economy has grown at a steady pace? Predictable social norms are attributed to women quitting work in India: marriage, motherhood, vexed Gender relations and biases, and patriarchy. But they may not be the only reasons. Marriage, for example, does affect the rate of participation of women in the workforce. But in villages, the workforce participation rate of married women has been found

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Haryana govt bows to girl power -Ashok Kumar

e May 10. Mr. Garg then offered juice to the girls formally breaking their hunger strike. Besides senior district officials, Haryana BJP vice-president Arvind Yadav and district BJP president YoGender Paliwal were present on the occasion. Mass support Raj Kumar, a villager, said that the girls had managed to achieve what they had not been able to all these years. “We had always felt the need for a senior secondary school in the villa

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Women need respect and rights, not just protection -Mrinal Pande

-Hindustan Times In a semi feudal and Genderised society like ours, sexuality remains central everywhere; and rape looks like an indigenous, not an exceptional phenomena. Just days after Jyoti Singh’s killers were sentenced to death by the Supreme Court, on May 11, a similar case of gang rape and murder was reported from Rohtak in Haryana. Within the same week, another 10-year-old from the same area was found repeatedly raped by h

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Haryana districts inflating girl child stats, finds audit -Chetna Choudhry

In Haryana, the number stood at 834. There is now suspicion that the remarkable surge in sex ratio could be due to dubious numbers. The state's claim of having made rapid strides in correcting its Gender imbalance (India's worst, till recently) faces probing questions after an audit of figures reported by eight of 10 districts in the first quarter of this year found girl child numbers were misreported. In some cases, they were inflated. In other

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