Enabling Women - Water and Well-Being in India - 28th May 2018

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To Fix Childhood Stunting in India, Focus on Women"s Health: Study

At 63 million stunted children, India has one-third of the world’s population of stunted pre-schoolers. This means the global struggle against stunting is not going to change for the better unless India acts seriously. With stunting, as with several other social and development outcomes, women play a key role. This has been highlighted by a new research, the authors of which have conducted a deep examination into freshly released government data from the National Family Health Survey 4 (2015-2016). “Women-related factors contribute to more than half of the factors we analysed, which are linked to stunting. This is not new news. But the fact that this still has to be said as news is a concern. When women are not tended to, we are looking at discrimination across the life-course,” says Purnima Menon, senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and lead author of this study.
25th May 2018 - The Wire

Gender inequalities driving child stunting in India: IFPRI study

24th May 2018 - Live Mint

Akshay Kumar, Shabana Azmi & "Pad Heroes" to tackle Period Taboos at “Niine Menstrual Awareness Conclave” - Odisha Diary

The Niine Movement, an ambitious five-year plan aimed at raising awareness on the importance of menstrual hygiene and tackling the taboos associated with menstruation, will officially launch at the inaugural Menstrual Awareness Conclave in Delhi, India to mark International Menstrual Hygiene Day on 28th May 2018. The Menstrual Awareness Conclave is supported by India’s Pad Man, Akshay Kumar, who will grace the event as its Chief Guest.
23rd May 2018 - Odisha Diary

Missing In Action: Women

Headlines stemming from these surveys are often framed in a manner that put the onus on ‘women leaving the workforce’. “Women are not quitting or leaving the workforce, they have been thrown out,” says Vibhuti Patel, Chairperson and Professor at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). The predictable societal norms of women being homemakers and leaving the workforce, prioritising their families exists in tandem with the inescapable truth that it is a man’s world. “Women are the last to be hired and the first to be fired,” that Patel asserts is the age old corporate policy.
22nd May 2018 - DNA India

"Rajasthan has empowered women more than any other Indian state"

The govt of Rajasthan has disbursed more than Rs 18000 crore under the Bhamashah Yojana, which aims to empower women with direct money transfers Not just an ace investor, but Mohandas Pai represents a strong voice in support of businesses and the startup ecosystem. With investments across media companies, among many others, he has remained a critic of governments and insists that more the startups, the better for the nation. In an interview with YourStory on how Rajasthan is shaping up in terms of investments, the investor says it scores on digital governance.
20th May 2018 - Your Story.com

A Boost for Women Entrepreneurs Led by One of India's Largest Banks

Commenting on the initiative, Rana Kapoor, MD & CEO, YES BANK and Chairman, YES Global Institute said, “The Indian startup landscape, with over 8 million women entrepreneurs, is at a focal point where an accelerated ‘pro-women centric’ change is of vital importance in order to galvanize India’s growth trajectory. It is projected that by 2025, India’s GDP will get an additional boost of 16%, by integrating women in the workforce. In order to achieve inclusive and equitable socio-economic growth for the nation, we must ensure that at least 25% of entrepreneurs in the country are women by 2025.”
18th May 2018 - Entrepreneur

These Indian Startups Are Making It Easier For Mothers To Return To Work After Maternity Leave

Despite being one of the hottest startup destinations in Asia, India throws up some skewed statistics when it comes to gender. Only 27% of the workforce comprises women, and only nine percent of startup founders are female. Working in a startup, especially early-stage, demands long hours from employees and this becomes a contentious issue for mothers. However, a number of Indian startups are keen to flip this norm by enabling women to return to the workforce, especially after maternity breaks.
18th May 2018 - Forbes

SOS Children's Villages of India Celebrated International Day of Families

To celebrate precious family bonds, SOS Children’s Villages of India, a globally operational not-for-profit organisation, honoured extraordinary family bonds of target beneficiaries towards building capacity of the caregivers, with day-long celebrations across 32 Children’s Villages in India, under Family Strengthening Programme (FSP). The celebrations were aligned with this year’s theme of The International Day of Families: “Families and inclusive societies”, in advancing Sustainable Development Goal 16 towards promoting peaceful and inclusive societies, leading to sustainable development of countries across the world.
18th May 2018 - India CSR

A Government Database To Combat India’s Rape Culture Could Create More Problems Than It Solves

The sex offender registry is the latest measure introduced by the Indian government in response to the public outcry against recent gang rapes. A few weeks ago, a special cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi also approved of the death penalty for child rapists. But experts say such a registry could create more problems than it solves, especially in India where surveillance databases meant to be used by the state are frequently accessed by private companies. Law enforcement is frequently biased against people who are poor, illiterate, and from discriminated caste groups, while legal cases go on for years, if not decades.
16th May 2018 - BuzzFeed

Creating jobs for women in the renewable energy sector

India can increase its GDP by up to 60% by 2025 by enabling more women to participate in its workforce, a 2015 study by the McKinsey Global Institute had stated. However, social and cultural constraints can prevent this from becoming a reality. Many women who work outside home still have primary household and parenting responsibilities that need to be balanced with their work life.
15th May 2018 - The Hindu

A Stranger Watched Me Shower In A Hotel Room And It Could Happen To You Too

According to data provided by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), out of the total registered cases of crimes against women in India in 2015, 838 cases were of voyeurism. In 2016, the figure was 932. Out of this, 127 of these cases were filed in Maharashtra, 101 in West Bengal, 98 in Telangana, 93 in Madhya Pradesh, 92 in Uttar Pradesh, 83 in Andhra Pradesh and 43 in Delhi. 131 cases were filed in metropolitan cities with Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata emerging as the top three. These incidents can occur at any place like changing rooms, toilets, public spaces, restaurants, schools and even in our homes.
2nd May 2018 - BuzzFeed

Enabling Women - Water and Well-Being in India - 18th Dec 2017

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Women in Delhi Use Open Information Law to Get Services

A law that permits Indians to get information about their government is helping a group of women in Delhi get needed services. The women have led a successful campaign demanding that city officials improve access to water, waste removal services and transportation. The women live in Savda Ghevra, a slum resettlement colony for people who have been moved from extremely poor areas. It is the largest such colony outside of the city of New Delhi. The success of the women is a rare example of poor people in India using the Right to Information Act to change their community.
16th Dec 2017 - Voice of America

India – No toilets for women in PM Modi’s Gujarat Hometown

The 150 families of Nadoi wish the government’s makeover plane had included them. The PM’s toilet scheme would be a good start. “We have to go outside. Not one of us has a toilet at home,” a woman tells us in Gujarati. The women point at open drains and the filth around them as proof of neglect. There is no electricity, no water supply and no gas either, they say. “We have to walk to a well to draw water every day,” said another woman (name etc?). “We would like to vote but no one has ever visited us asking for votes.”
12th Dec 2017 - Kractivist.org

Is India on target?

Malnutrition is the most alarming and persistent health problem faced by the world today as per a recent report of the International Food Policy Research Institute. The frightening statistics of infant mortality and retardation raises serious questions about the development models pursued by governments across the globe. Nearly half of all deaths of children under the age of five are attributable to malnutrition; 155 million children under the age of five are afflicted by stunting caused because they did not get adequate nutrition in the first 1,000 days of their lives (UNICEF).
16th Dec 2017 - Deccan Herald

Six Factors That Could Reduce Malnutrition In Madhya Pradesh

Women's empowerment, better sanitation, improvements in maternal health could improve the nutritional status of children Madhya Pradesh, the state with 42% of its children under five years of age stunted or, short for their age, the fifth highest rate in the country, according to IndiaSpend analysis of 2015-16 data from the National Family Health Survey
16th Dec 2017 - IndiaSpend

Free medical checkup at night shelters

The Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board rolled out its winter action plan on Friday. Through its 20 rescue teams, the agency has intensified efforts to bring the city's homeless to its 250 night shelters — where it will serve them tea and biscuits. Also, the agency will provide hot water at 83 permanent night shelters. Around 20 shelters are reserved for women and are monitored for their safety.
16th Dec 2017 - The Times of India

After sanitation issue, Akshay Kumar now discusses menstrual hygiene in "PadMan"

Akshay Kumar always chooses an unconventional way to raise awareness about social issues. After delivering a hit like ‘Toilet; Ek Prem Katha’, he is now back with another flick, which promises to be the story of a social awakening. The makers have released official trailer of Kumar’s upcoming movie ‘PadMan’ on social media. A film based on the real-life story of Arunachalam Muruganantham, who took upon himself the responsibility of providing cheaper sanitary napkins to the women of his village. In PadMan, Akshay plays the titular superhero, who strives to provide a hygienic life to the women of his family. His interest and efforts is to ease the experience of menstruation for hundreds of Indian women, especially those living in rural areas.
15th Dec 2017 - Business Recorder

Hope Padman will start conversations within homes: Twinkle Khanna

Her debut film production “Padman” is a biopic on Arunachalam Muruganantham, the inventor of a low-cost sanitary pad making machine in India. Actress-turned-author Twinkle Khanna says she is hopeful that the film will bring a spotlight on something that has been “hidden in the darkness” for so long. “If nothing else, I am hoping that it will start a conversation within homes,” Twinkle told IANS in an email interview when asked about the message “Padman” will give amongst masses.
15th Dec 2017 - India New England

In India and Tanzania, women"s NGOs are ushering in development – and not getting credit for it

Women’s non-governmental organisations also conducted research to determine whether local communities could afford to pay for basic urban services. They negotiated subsidies, fair pricing and flexible terms of payment with utilities on behalf of marginalised people. They arranged access to loans from microfinance institutions for households that could not cover the cost of water or electricity connections. And by insisting that water and electricity bills be issued in the names of female heads of households, they strengthened women’s access to property and housing.
7th Dec 2017 - Scroll.in

More work but not enough wages for women in India

According to a study, women spend two to ten times more time on unpaid work. The recently released Action Aid report in collaboration with UN women, Invisible Work, Invisible Workers - The Sub-Economies of Unpaid Work and Paid Work, said that it has emerged that not only do more women engage in unpaid work compared to men, this is in addition to their paid activities; this creates a burden for them with implications on various facets of their life cycle – on their health, on their ability to acquire education, skills, a paid job and an independent income as well as a voice and social status.
3rd Dec 2017 - National Herald

Viewing National Water Policies through a Gendered Lens

Despite the international recognition accorded to the key role played by women in issues around water, the extent to which India’s national water policies accommodate gender concerns remains to be examined. Based on an in-depth content analysis of the three nwps—of 1987, 2002, and 2012—this paper argues that incorporation of women in the planning, provisioning, and management of water resources continues to be disregarded. Women’s concerns in the water sector are articulated around their domestic roles and subsumed under notions of “household” and “social equity.” The larger questions of water rights of women, both in terms of access and control over decision-making, remain unaddressed.
2nd Dec 2017 - Economic and Political Weekly

Clean energy can potentially transform the lives of millions of rural Indian women

A recent study by OECD found that women in India work nine hours a day on average, compared to seven hours a day for men. Most of this time is spent on unpaid activities, such as household work and care-giving for the elderly or for children, leaving little time for paid labour or social and leisure activities. This scarcity of discretionary time is referred to as “time poverty.” While unpaid labour by women is a global phenomenon, the problem is particularly acute in India, where women’s unpaid labour hours are second only to women in Kazakhstan, and the tasks performed by them are particularly intense and arduous, such as carrying water and chopping firewood.
29th Nov 2017 - Quartz

Ivanka Trump to promote women in India amid questions about garment workers who make her clothes there

Looming over Ivanka Trump's visit will be an uncomfortable question that Trump’s company has refused to answer: What are the work conditions for laborers in India who have pieced together clothes for her fashion line? Trump has called for more support for working women around the world, but she has remained silent about the largely female garment workforce in India and other Asian countries that makes her clothing.
26th Nov 2017 - The Washington Post

What about living women"s honour?

Owing to economic inequality, poor hygiene and low proportion of women in the legislature, India has slipped down from 87 last year to 108 out of 144 countries, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF). India ranks 139 in 'Economic Participation and Opportunities for Women'. The most abysmal for Indian women is 141th rank in 'Health and Survival', which is a terrible disgrace. Woefully, women will struggle and cease to be if they fail to fall in line with what men approve of! Female subjugation in India is long, hard, clumsy, toxic and coercive.
25th Nov 2017 - The Tribune India

What is on the wish list of women in India PM Modi"s hometown?

As we approached the town of Vadnagar in the western Indian state of Gujarat, the glitter and shine of the government's most ambitious flagship scheme Swachh Bharat Abhiyan or "Clean India Mission" felt dim. A group of female students took me to a nearby ground where they would go to defecate in the open every morning. The fact that Rohit Vaas still has two separate defecation grounds for men and women demonstrates that the benefits of a 10.9mn rupee (about $168,800; £126,700) fund allocated for building toilets in rural areas have not reached parts of Mr Modi's own village.
24th Nov 2017 - BBC

These women have broken all stereotypes to improve sanitation in rural India

As India pitches headlong into making toilets in the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), there are heart-warming stories of women leading campaigns for better lives in their panchayats against heavy odds. A small percentage of the 271,000 villages that have rid themselves of open defecation can be attributed solely to the efforts of these women. Research has shown women gain more than men from better sanitation and hygiene. They can use toilets in the safety of their homes and do not have to face insults or harassment when defecating or urinating in the open. Their health improves as they do not have to 'hold on' until dark. Using toilets reduces the risk of getting urinary tract infections, diarrhoea and water-borne infections. Women, as block development officers, sarpanches, jalabandhus and self-help group (SHG) members, have demonstrated sanitation improvements are possible utilising local resources and strategies.
17th Nov 2017 - Business Insider India

Rajasthan's education department"s magazine asks women to grind chakki and fill water pitchers to stay fit

The Rajasthan education department is in the grip of controversy after one of its publications suggested women to grind chakki (stone grinder), fill water pitchers or mop floors in order to stay fit. These suggestions were published in the November issue of the department's monthly magazine, Shivira (Shiksha Vibhag Rajasthan).
13th Nov 2017 - India Today