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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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Government plans lower I-T slab, free health check-ups for women -Mahendra K Singh

exemption on all menstrual hygiene products has also been proposed to ensure easy and affordable accessibility of these products. Building public toilets for women have been mooted. The survivors of Gender-based violence will be provided free medical and legal support, counselling and shelter. Noting the Gender bias that often results in less attention being paid to the welfare of women, the policy prop

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A new economics for a better world -Simon Sweeney

ention to the UN Human Development Index which considers health, literacy and income per capita. Other human security measures should also form part of a wider assessment of development, including Gender equality, food security, wealth distribution and environmental quality. Focusing merely on GDP is like choosing a home on the basis of its shiny new front door while ignoring the faulty wiring, poor room layout, lack of sanitation and the locati

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Muslim Personal Laws Most Progressive of All Communities: Legal Luminaries at Kolkata Seminar

sides those eminent speakers, over 20 faculties and research scholars from different universities presented research papers on covering different aspects of the broader theme of media and minorities, Gender issues and other related topics. In the valedictory session, Ajitha Menon, Political Economy Adviser, British Deputy High Commission, Kolkata; Syeda Saadia Azim, Public Affairs Specialist at the US Consulate, Kolakta deliberated on media’s

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India's polity has shifted from hope to fear, and PM Modi knows it -Aman Sethi

their parents (65%), and swotting for the next round of government recruitments (65%). Only 19% want to start their own business. The youth aren’t breaking social taboos of caste, class and Gender either, they are praying to god (78%), and preparing for an arranged marriage (84%) with an obedient wife(51%) from the same caste (36%). And they are anxious – about everything: the health of their parents, family problems, maintaining th

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Free speech versus dignity

ected the right to life and dignity of a victim. He said: "The assumption that such derogatory statements may come within the meaning of 'free speech' is wrong as both rights must coexist. As Gender justice is part of the dignity of a woman, any speech that violates her right is a violation of Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution." Articles 14 relates to the right to equality, and Article 21 refers to life and liberty. Please clic

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Kerala to organise transGender athletics meet on April 28

-The Times of India THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The logo for the nation's first ever transGender athletics meet was released by veteran athlete Mercy Kuttan here on Wednesday. The one-day athletic meet which will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan at 8:30 am at the Central Stadium here on April 28 will witness around 200 participants from across the state. "We have more than 20 participants from each district except from Wayanad, I

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