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Message: Being gay is not an illness -GS Mudur

nst "conversion therapy" in 2009. The IPS campaign is spearheaded by a task force of professional psychiatrists examining concerns about the distress that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transGender individuals might experience as they come to terms with their own sexual orientation. "Our campaign condemns efforts at conversion or treatment, but psychiatrists and counsellors should be available to provide support to members of the LGBT

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Dalit women in India die younger than upper caste counterparts: Report -Ashwag Masoodi and Ajai Sreevatsan

women the problem is compounded. Life expectancy: The average age of death for Dalit women is 14.6 years younger than for higher caste women, according to the report, Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda, which cites a finding from the Indian Institute of Dalit Studies in 2013. According to that finding, the average age at death for Dalit women was 39.5 years against 54.1 years for higher-caste women. Access to health

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Aruna Roy, social activist and Magsaysay Award winner, interviewed by G Sampath

akshetra’s Besant School had the most profound impact on me. It was not just an arts institution but also a political one. As a nine-year-old, I saw women dancing on stage with men, breaking Gender and caste barriers. We had on campus some of the best musicians in the country, such as M.D. Ramanathan, Gauriamma, and Vasudevacharya. Visitors included people like the Dalai Lama, Nikita Khrushchev and Nikolai Bulganin, and they explained to us w

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Include male child sex abuse victims in relief schemes: Maneka Gandhi

f all states and union territories to include male child victims in the victim compensation scheme. While pointing out that the Protection of Children against Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act is “Gender neutral” and is meant to safeguard interests of both the girl and the boy child, she asked the chief ministers to ensure that male child victims were disbursed compensation as well as the interim compensation, required to meet the medical, re

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Advance bail in SC/ ST case -R Balaji

ple accused under the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act two months after ruling against the act's provisions that mandate automatic arrests and prohibit anticipatory bail. Maharashtra-based Gender rights activist Trupti Desai, her husband and two others associated with her NGO had been accused of abusing a Dalit by his caste and robbing him in July last year. The bench of Justices L. Nageshwara Rao and M. Shantanagoudar granted them antic

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Deprived mom, stunted child -GS Mudur

r the children," said Purnima Menon, a senior research fellow at IFPRI India and the study's lead author. "There should also be a focus on women's education and women's diet -- there's a Gender angle that is important." The study found that only 9.6 per cent of Indian children received adequate diet at the age of six months when they should be weaned from exclusive breastfeeding to complementary food. "This is a distressin

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We Need Annual Diversity Statistics for the Judiciary -Diksha Sanyal

dations to make the judiciary more inclusive. Separately, South Africa has a constitutional mandate to maintain a reflection of its social composition in its judiciary, which includes both racial and Gender composition. In India, however, the conversation around improving judicial diversity does not transcend the question of reservation. For instance, a 2011 report published by the National Commission for Scheduled Castes recommended affirmative ac

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Dr. Samir Chaudhuri, paediatrician and founder of Child in Need Institute (CINI), interviewed by Civil Society News (New Delhi)

Child in Need Institute (CINI) to tackle the many dimensions of child malnutrition. It struck him at the time that malnutrition wasn’t just a clinical problem but a complex phenomenon rooted in Gender issues. Over the years, led by Dr Chaudhuri, CINI developed deep understanding of the social, economic and political underpinnings of malnutrition and developed strategies to combat it. CINI is today one of India’s most respected voices on

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The Invisible Majority -Vedeika Shekhar

r migrants’ rights, governments continue to exclude migrants from urban development policies. A starting point, therefore, should be better data collection. Capturing the complex dynamics of Gender-specific migration would not only fill knowledge gaps in the Gender dimension of migration but also improve the visibility of women as economic actors and help the state respond better to their needs. Aa

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NGO plays 'Padman' to empower women in Sabarmati jail -DP Bhattacharya

-The Economic Times If anyone thinks jail is a leveller of Gender discrimination, think again. It can be quite stark, even in jail. The men and women in Sabarmati Central Jail in Ahmedabad are treated quite differently as far as work is concerned. In stereotypical fashion, only the men in the jail got to work, while the women had nothing to do and no opportunity to earn. The men in this jail make furniture and snacks and get a good price fo

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