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More Indian girls, women are overweight or obese, most of them rich & urban -Swagata Yadavar

obal study has found. The proportion of overweight and obese women almost doubled in 17 years to 2016, it said. The study, ‘Trends and Correlates of Overweight among Pre-School Age Children, adolescent girls, and Adult Women in South Asia’, was published in the global journal Nutrients in August 2019. In 17 years from 1999 to 2016, the proportion of children younger than five years who were overweight fell from 2.9% to 2.1%. During t

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New research shows positive association between adolescent pregnancy & under-nutrition among children

hen physical and neuro-maturational changes take place in the body of a young girl. Although it is illegal marrying a girl under the age of 18 years as per the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act 2006, adolescent girls in our country are compelled to marry and attain pregnancy that adversely affects well-being and outcomes of both mothers and their children. Latest available data shows that societal norms to consummate the marriage and low level of

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PIL in SC: CCTVs in class may spur stalking, voyeurism

s decision to install CCTV cameras in classrooms of state-run schools and provide a live feed to parents has been challenged by a law student on the grounds that this violates the right to privacy of adolescent girls and female teachers. The Supreme Court on Friday sought the AAP government's response to the PIL that seeks scrapping of the decision. The Delhi government had decided on September 11, 2017, to install CCTV cameras in classrooms and th

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Odisha Has Several Good Schemes To Boost Nutrition, But Govt Must Ensure None Is Left Out: Expert

(ANM) visits the homes of villagers once a month under the Village Health Nutrition Day (VHND) and attends to pregnant women and lactating mothers to provide iron and folic acid supplements, but the adolescent girls - who are the future mothers - get left out. He outlined that under the National Food Security Act 2013, three important schemes, the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS), the Mid Day Meal Scheme and the ICDS, are being implement

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Poshan sakhis transform reproductive health in Odisha -Rakhi Ghosh

that the poshan sakhi (nutrition friend) at the maitri baithak will guide her on health and nutrition so that she would deliver a healthy child. Trained nutrition advocates educate young women and adolescent girls and guide them about intake of nutritious food to ensure their health and the health of the future generation. Health activists’ support Swapnarani got married as an adolescent. Ignorant about contraceptives, when she conceive

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The 'padwomen' of Telangana -Nikhila Henry

cloth instead of sanitary pads. In most of the adivasi villages in Telangana, women were found to be using cloth or ash for menstrual protection. The pad-making units were set up primarily to support adolescent girls and young women enrolled in schools. The decision to start more units came after demand for the pads increased, officials said. Once funds are sanctioned for starting the units, the four existing units will also undergo a technological

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'2 of 5 women don't report sexual assault' -Ambika Pandit

ale survivors do not inform anyone of sexual violence suffered. The findings on the lack of disclosure are part of an analysis of the national family health survey - 4 (2015-16) that show of 4.4 lakh adolescent girls who were victims of sexual violence in the year preceding the survey, 35% neither sought help or told anyone. Only 0.1% girls reported the violence to police. The data analysis for the 15-49 year age group shows that 14 lakh women experie

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No child left behind -Vinita Bali

-The Hindu To get good nutrition to all Indians, we need delivery models that are collaborative across domains The urgency to address poor nutrition in India, especially among children, adolescent girls and women is compelling, and re-confirmed in virtually every survey — from NFHS-4 in 2015-16 (the latest available information), to the Global Nutrition Report 2016 and the Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2017, which ranks India at 100 out of 1

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New Save the Children report reveals insecurity of teenage girls from the outside world, but are our homes safe enough?

nearly one-third of teenage girls surveyed were afraid of travelling narrow by-lanes of their locality, apart from the road which they take to go for school or the local market. Nearly, one-fourth of adolescent girls residing in rural areas felt unsafe while using open spaces/ agricultural fields for open defecation at dawn. The report by Save the Children, which is based on a sample survey (non-probability sampling technique used) undertaken in s

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When perception is reality -Sameera Khan

of being disciplined as women/girls, of being taught fear, of accessing public spaces and specific realities of their village/town/city. In fact, another survey exploring safety perceptions among adolescent girls across six Indian states, released this week by Save the Children in India, an international non-governmental organisation, reveals how much these perceptions shape the reality of young girls. According to their report, titled ‘WING

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