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Missing the gender-infrastructure link -Simrit Kaur, Sanchita Joshi & Vaibhav Puri

nction between front-runners and under-performers is not necessarily true since the gender budget allocation of Kerala is a fraction of that of Bihar. In such respects, governance matters as well. Gender Inequality is determined by an interplay of complex economic, demographic and socio-cultural factors such as income, health, education and religion. Several studies, including the World Bank’s Engendering Development (2001) and World Developm

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India's female workforce participation stands at 24%; motherhood, Gender Inequality in household work to blame -Namita Bhandare IndiaSpend Delhi/ Gurgaon: Underneath two gigantic chandeliers in the conference room of a posh Gurugram hotel, 250 elegantly dressed women are ferociously beating drums. Faster, slower, louder, stop. It’s easier than it looks. The women break out into a sweat as they whistle and shout hoi in unison, on cue. The idea of this 45-minute exercise, said Blesson Joseph of team-building company Dfrens, is to demonstrate the power of cooperation. “If you come togethe

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Jean Dreze, development economist, interviewed by Down to Earth

thing to do with the active roles women play in these states. If that's true, what gives you confidence that laggard states in which this isn't true will eventually catch up? The extreme nature of Gender Inequality in the laggard states, particularly in north India, makes it difficult for them to emulate the more progressive states. Your question, however, assumes that gender relations in north India will remain much the same in the foreseeable fut

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First-ever Gender Vulnerability Index will give activists tangible parameters to tackle discrimination against Indian women -Deya Bhattacharya

findings of the study and the use of the GVI will assist policy makers to look at programmes earmarked for leadership, autonomy and empowerment of women and girls. The study is aimed to understand Gender Inequality and exclusion of women and girls from basic human rights and “all basic opportunities that can translate into a productive and prosperous adulthood”. Plan India’s approach is interesting – it follows a Lifecycle a

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Laggard in human index

imated 55 per cent of India's population suffer from multidimensional poverty, measured by overlapping deprivations of education, health and living standards experienced by households. India has a Gender Inequality value - a measure linked to inequality in reproductive health, empowerment and economic activity - that ranks it 125 out of 159 countries. The report said gender-based inequalities linked to patriarchal social norms affect women over the

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Amended maternity law goes a long way, but has a long way to go still -Shalini Nair

egrave;ches in close vicinity of the workplace, and by allowing women up to four daily visits to the crèche. While all these aspects make for a milestone legislation on the road to reducing Gender Inequality at work and bringing down maternal and infant mortality in India, the amendment of the 46-year-old law still leaves out the vast numbers of women in the informal sector, and in smaller, fragmented establishments. It also fails to ackn

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'Gender bias leads to anaemia and malnourishment in girls'

d Day, Goutam Sadhu, Associate Professor and in-charge, School of Rural Management at IIHMR, said some of the major inequities are primarily due to differential care amongst male and female child. Gender Inequality exists also due to sex selective abortions and neglecting the female child post-birth. Quoting a report on Working Group on Child Rights for the 12th Plan (2012-17), he said: “The report highlights anaemia amongst adolescents in

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IMF calls for budgeting to bridge gender gap -Timsy Jaipuria

g policies to promote gender equality, IMF has found that financial policies in Union and state budgets have helped gender parity. Highlighting changes across 80 countries, the IMF study, Tackling Gender Inequality, says fiscal policy efforts were seen making a “promising” difference in promoting gender equality in India, with noticeable success in Kerala at the decentralised level. The global body says India should consider basing i

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How to be a model State again -Jayan Jose Thomas

the gains made by the State in these areas during the earlier years. The proportion of working women is low in Kerala (only 21.3 per cent in 2011-12). This poses a hurdle in the efforts to reduce Gender Inequality. Further, the strains caused by economic growth on the natural environment are now highly visible: paddy fields have been converted into commercial plots and waste is dumped in public places. Kerala’s failure to build a diversif

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Bina Agarwal, Professor of Development Economics and Environment at the University of Manchester in UK, interviewed by Samira Bose

n (who are subject to unequal customary law) equal rights. Of course the issue of a uniform inheritance law remains contentious. SB: What are the main points of difference between your approach to Gender Inequality and Amartya Sen’s? BA: Amartya Sen and I share much common ground. And I have learnt a great deal from his work, especially his entitlement approach to food security, his characterisation of intra-family interactions as involvin

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