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Women right based approaches to development

Women right based approaches to development

It has been distinctly noted that all the United Nation agencies committed for the development aspects for child and women rather pursued the ‘beneficiary need approach’ for...

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Maternity Leave - A bridge to build a good career for women

Maternity Leave - A bridge to build a good career for women

Motherhood is one of the most challenging but beautiful period in a woman’s life. It is only during pregnancy that a girl evolves into a woman. But does pregnancy necessarily...

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Widows deserve a respectable life too!

Widows deserve a respectable life too!

It cannot be denied that death of spouse is a harsh blow for any woman, be it emotionally, socially or economically. Perhaps in India, the state of affairs for widows is even...

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We need more women to participate in Politics

We need more women to participate in Politics

Women, even in the current modern era, are significantly under-represented in politics and hence this situation demands immediate redress. All over the world, the few women who...

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We say, "Equal Work Equal Pay"

We say, "Equal Work Equal Pay"

A recent government report in The United States of America suggests that though women are more educated and better represented than ever before in the workforce, they earn about...

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She comes to light up your home, not add to your wealth

She comes to light up your home, not add to your wealth

Dowry, popularly referred to as ‘dahej’ in India, is a payment of cash or gifts from the bride’s family to the bridegroom upon marriage. Though it has been an ancient custom...

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Honour Killing ~ A chilling truth

Honour Killing ~ A chilling truth

There is nothing honourable about killing someone in cold blood. Never. However, depraved people do find a way to weave a logic out of nonsense and that is what happens every...

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When Her Heaven Turns Into Hell

When Her Heaven Turns Into Hell

Women, ironically, are often in great peril in the place where they should be safest: Home. Despite all the progress and modernization that we claim to have acquired, India...

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Eve-teasing : Don't get 'used' to it!

Eve-teasing : Don't get 'used' to it!

It is a day-to-day occurrence in most cities and villages of India when a woman is subjected to lecherous stares, lewd comments or uncomfortable physical contact. It is even...

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Women and Climate Change

Women and Climate Change

Women and men are vulnerable in different ways when it comes to climate change and environmental degradation. Women are in fact, the first ones to feel the impact on their daily...

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Divorced Women Gain Rights to Property!

Just a few months ago, the Union Cabinet, in a recent amendment to a law, stated that a woman will now get a clearly defined share in her husband’s residential property,...

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The nation needs her vote

The nation needs her vote

Women suffrage is the right of women to vote. The term is also extended to mean the rights related to property ownership, payment of tax, or marital status. The movements can be...

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Let Her Live

Let Her Live

It has been more than six decades since India gained independence. But beneath the garb of so-called ‘freedom’, lies the tragedy of countless souls who are not even allowed to...

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India's teen girls undernourished : UN reports

India's teen girls undernourished : UN reports

Teens are extremely obsessed with their looks and weight these days. Thin, is in, and the slightest amount of child-like chubbiness is made fun of. No wonder then, that they are...

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Stop being harassed!

Stop being harassed!

Ladies, it is time to sit up and take note. Harassment of women has reached epidemic proportions in our society, country and indeed the world. It is high time we took steps to...

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The abortion debate

The abortion debate

The death of 31-year-old Savita Halappanavar in Catholic Ireland in October has again raised the abortion debate amongst Irish political leaders and resulted in outrage in...

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Caged birds' desire for flight to freedom - brief history of Indian women

Caged birds' desire for flight to freedom - brief history of Indian women

In spite of the claim of equality are Indian women really living a life at par with the men? Women in modern India are standing at cross roads of changes – some radical; yet can...

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Ladies Only ~ Should There Be Demarcated Seats Everywhere?

Ladies Only ~ Should There Be Demarcated Seats Everywhere?

Every bus, every tram, every metro will inevitably bear a distinctly different category of seats with the following two words etched just on top of it: “Ladies only.” We have...

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A story of an Afghan girl - Aesha Mohammadzai

A story of an Afghan girl - Aesha Mohammadzai

Brutality is all around us. Recently, the Delhi bus-rape case has taken the country and the world by storm and there is a furore over the lack of safety for women. It is a tale...

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United in action

United in action

When we united in action seeking justice for Jyoti we were angry, even stunned, shocked and ashamed, at the barbaric and blatant manner in which the six low-lives violated and...

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Police: friends or foes?

Police: friends or foes?

After the recent rise in the media coverage of rape cases all over the country, along with the public outrage it caused, the police have had no option but to stand up and take...

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What I think it means to be a feminist

What I think it means to be a feminist

Women are not downtrodden. Women are not treated unfairly. Women and men are at par. Women have nothing to fight for. There is no need for Feminists and there most certainly is...

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Woman empowerment should be more than a mere slogan

Woman empowerment should be more than a mere slogan

At a time when the nation is shocked and maimed at the horrific act of violence committed against a Delhi girl, we wonder, what could the basis behind such a heinous act be,...

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Got stared at?

Got stared at?

Founded in January 2012, GotStaredAt, is a unique initiative that started off as a reaction to the prevailing notion that women bring on harassment because of the clothes they...

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Honey, I’m going to keep an eye on the money

Honey, I’m going to keep an eye on the money

It’s finally happened. You’ve met Mr. Right and are all set to set up home and have babies with him. Your dreams are on the verge of becoming a reality and nothing, really...

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The awakening

The awakening

The year comes to an end and after scores of speculations finally the world did not come to an end. But for India, a part of humanity certainly did. ...

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Journey of a woman

Journey of a woman

A cold jittery winter night in Pahalgam, India...

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Empowerment and Morality

Empowerment and Morality

Women’s empowerment is not a new issue. Various movements have been carried on in various parts of the world, over the ages, to ensure a fairer representation of women, and...

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Where women rule: The matrilineal societies within India

Where women rule: The matrilineal societies within India

Granted, matriarchy is a supposed ideal which will take a long time in turning to reality. In such a form of society, women are the chief decision makers, and they take the...

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Yoked to her nightmares

Yoked to her nightmares

The death of Amina al-Filali has finally managed to rouse the government, as well as the public in Morocco, to the fact that their laws need to change. Amina, a sixteen year old...

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Changing times and tides: The Verma Report

Changing times and tides: The Verma Report

On the 24th of January, 2013, The Telegraph published the details of the report which was submitted by Justice J.S Verma, who is the former Chief Justice of India, along with...

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Two finger test - additional trauma for rape victims !

Two finger test - additional trauma for rape victims !

We use the term “patriarchal society” quite generally, but very few of us realize the extent of patriarchy which we are embedded in. In India, patriarchy is embedded not just in...

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Rising to the challenge: Laws against domestic violence in the U.S.A

Rising to the challenge: Laws against domestic violence in the U.S.A

Although domestic violence, in its formal definition, does not specify a particular gender, it is not an unsubstantiated fact that women suffer more from domestic violence than...

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Domestic violence laws in India and how they operate

Domestic violence laws in India and how they operate

Domestic violence is too widespread a phenomenon in India, and it is too regular an occurrence in most communities for it to be taken to be something truly cruel and heinous. It...

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Laws against domestic violence in the United Kingdom

Laws against domestic violence in the United Kingdom

Domestic violence is a worldwide occurrence. And the reason as to why it is so subversive is because more often than not, it takes place behind closed doors. It is a phenomenon...

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The ugly face of domestic violence in Kenya, and laws against it

The ugly face of domestic violence in Kenya, and laws against it

The ugly face of domestic violence has reared up through time, places, classes, cultures and ethnic groups, in order to establish itself as a worldwide problem which occurs in...

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Respite for working women- bill against harassment at the workplace

Respite for working women- bill against harassment at the workplace

Workplace harassment is another extremely rampant evil that more often than not, gets swept under the carpet in India. For many years it has enjoyed being overlooked as there...

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Harsher laws and punishments for crimes against women

Harsher laws and punishments for crimes against women

If there is anything that will deter a criminal from carrying out a crime, it is the fear of grave punishment if he is caught. The reason why so many people get away with...

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Know your rights

Know your rights

Society’s relationship with women is a very disturbed one. It represses them, and it holds them up to the spotlight, it tries to hide them under a blanket of restrictive...

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The difference between domestic violence and domestic abuse

The difference between domestic violence and domestic abuse

The two terms, domestic violence and domestic abuse are often used synonymously. And it is perfectly alright to do so, since both of these terms have grown to cover overlapping...

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A look at how the world deals with child abuse

A look at how the world deals with child abuse

Truth is often very harsh and impossible to swallow sometimes. However, the truth is that child abuse is a very truth and what is worse, the laws that are formed by the...

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An equal share for girls in India

An equal share for girls in India

India has had deeply entrenched patriarchal values, which exist even today. These patriarchal norms clearly dictate that the male child has the right to almost everything, while...

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Rights of migrant women workers

Rights of migrant women workers

Owing to globalization, there has been a rising flow of migrant workers from nations which have a narrow economic scope to compensate for the gaps in countries which have a...

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Inheritance for women in Islam

Inheritance for women in Islam

We often generalize on the basis of half-hearted observations, and we tend to assign certain qualities to certain practices, without looking into the matter. Islam, and the...

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Birth control and the modern woman

Birth control and the modern woman

Women have a choice when it comes to their bodies, and various forms of birth control ensure that methods of contraception are now affordable, accessible and discreet....

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Turn your handbag into an eve-teaser's worst nightmare

Turn your handbag into an eve-teaser's worst nightmare

Self-defense is a necessary survival skill for every individual to acquire, regardless of gender; and one of many options available exclusively to women, is a handbag filled...

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How women fare all over the world

How women fare all over the world

In 2011, Newsweek Magazine did a comparative study of the condition of women all over the world. The magazine took some basic parameters for comparison, such as health,...

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Bewitched: Do witchcraft and cinema influence witch-hunts ?

Bewitched: Do witchcraft and cinema influence witch-hunts ?

The world of witchcraft has both fascinated and repulsed generation after generation of believers and sceptics, and the portrayal of both good and evil witches in popular cinema...

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Women’s personal safety rights: essential information

Women’s personal safety rights: essential information

With India becoming increasingly unsafe for women, it is imperative that we arm ourselves with some basic knowledge and rights-based information which will aid us in times of...

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Should there be a quota for women in the work force?

Should there be a quota for women in the work force?

Fortune 500 companies in the U.S, in 2011 had only fifteen female CEOs. Despite the U.S.A. being a developed country, the number of women in senior positions in workplaces...

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How to file an FIR

How to file an FIR

What is an FIR? Ask yourselves – we have all heard this term being thrown around quite often, we all know that it one must file an FIR in case of a police matter – be it losing...

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Let her breathe, let her have her rights!

Let her breathe, let her have her rights!

The ancient Indian is said to have witnessed the golden times in every aspect including the rights of women. The society being more liberal and open minded saw women as equals...

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Section 498-A: Use and Misuse

Section 498-A: Use and Misuse

Section 498-A was added to the Indian Penal Code in 1983, and by definition, seeks to address and hold accountable, those who inflict cruelty or other forms of unjust treatment...

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How to tackle Cyber-bullying

How to tackle Cyber-bullying

Ever since the advent of the internet, human beings have been able to communicate with each other in a virtual world which offers them anonymity and unlimited access to...

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Breaking the glass ceiling

Breaking the glass ceiling

The “Glass Ceiling” is described as being “the unseen, yet unbreakable barrier that keeps minorities and women from rising to the upper rungs of the corporate ladder, regardless...

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The land and the law: from the perspective of a woman

The land and the law: from the perspective of a woman

India as a country might have very comprehensive laws which take into account the requirements of different genders, but the law and its execution often face a lot of disparity...

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Every woman’s rights while dealing with the police

Every woman’s rights while dealing with the police

It is highly ironic that the police body is ideally expected to protect the populace, regardless of their gender, but it is often the other way round. The very deep gender...

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Birth control is a woman’s right to her own body!

Birth control is a woman’s right to her own body!

Birth control might be condoned and encouraged in general, but there is a surprising amount of moral policing which goes against this method. A staggering number of people are...

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NRI marriages, what to be aware of

NRI marriages, what to be aware of

In India, marriage is taken very seriously. It is not so much about a couple deciding to spend their lives together because of love, but more of a social event where two...

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Behind the line of consideration: prostitutes and rights

Behind the line of consideration: prostitutes and rights

Prostitution is a global phenomenon. It is not a product of the modern times. It is, in fact, a profession, which dates back to centuries, and it might just be one of the oldest...

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Rights for women in the African Union: The Maputo Protocol

Rights for women in the African Union: The Maputo Protocol

It is widely believed that comprehensive rights for women and structures for their empowerment is in proportion to a nation’s level of development. People often generalize on...

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Can the USA’s “Amber Alert” be replicated in India?

Can the USA’s “Amber Alert” be replicated in India?

The universal problem of missing children is worrying, and while ground level efforts in different parts of the world are in effect to combat the problem, statistics highlight...

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Marriage is a matter of choice, not compulsion

Marriage is a matter of choice, not compulsion

I don’t think that because I’m not married it’s made my life any less. That old-maid myth is garbage. - Diane Keaton, Academy Award winning actress, also unmarried. Point to...

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Privacy rights of rape survivors

Privacy rights of rape survivors

The life of a rape survivor changes drastically the minute her rights are violated by her rapist or rapists. To fathom the emotional whirlwind endured by her as she is...

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Talking openly about marital rape in India

Talking openly about marital rape in India

"Marriage is predicated on your family's consent rather than hers. In most arranged marriages you marry a stranger and he has rights over you, you hope he will be kind and...

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Internet free speech and its impact on women in India

Internet free speech and its impact on women in India

"Targeting me for my journalism is fine. But when it is sexist and foul-mouthed abuse, which insults my gender identity I get incredibly angry. In the beginning I used to...

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A history of Megan’s Law against child sexual abuse in America

A history of Megan’s Law against child sexual abuse in America

If I had known that there was a sexual predator living across the street from me, I never would have let her play outside on the front yard by herself. Why are his rights to...

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Saudi Arabia's women have few rights

Saudi Arabia's women have few rights

“Saudi Arabia is probably the only country in the world where the government is pushing for reforms and the people are pulling back.” – Arab News. Among the many news pieces...

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Stop banning girls from playing sports

Stop banning girls from playing sports

While one is used to hearing stories from Saudi Arabia banning women from sports and claiming that their religion does not permit the existence of female athletes, the fact that...

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Single mothers have rights too

Single mothers have rights too

A single mother amidst all her plight and hardships, emotional or otherwise, should always be very well-aware of the rights that she is entitled to. It goes without saying that...

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A history of Slutwalk

A history of Slutwalk

On April 3rd 2011, approximately 3000 women in Toronto, Canada, took to the streets in a protest march against what they called “slut-shaming”. This occurred when a female...

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Why women should buy maternity insurance

Why women should buy maternity insurance

The expected (or unexpected) arrival of the stork is always welcome news. Along with the pitter patter of little feet, pregnancy brings untold joy and a life of new experiences...

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The Declaration of Sentiments - the first women's rights movement in USA

The Declaration of Sentiments - the first women's rights movement in USA

Women’s rights are a widely discussed and debated topic today, with women standing up for themselves and demanding their rights all across the globe. Not many of us, however,...

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Standing up for their rights - formation of The National Association of Coloured Women in USA

Standing up for their rights - formation of The National Association of Coloured Women in USA

We have all heard of Rosa Parks right? In 1955, after Rosa Parks, a coloured woman living in Montgomery, Alabama, boarded the bus after a long and tiring day at work as a...

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Margaret Sanger's struggle to legalise birth control in USA

Margaret Sanger's struggle to legalise birth control in USA

Birth control has been an oft debated topic for a very long time now. There are many who argue that it is not within our rights to decide when a new life will be allowed to see...

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President’s Commission on the Status of Women(USA)

President’s Commission on the Status of Women(USA)

Equality for women, on every level, has been an issue since time immemorial. Society has been constructed, from the very beginning, as patriarchal, men are on a higher run as...

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Madhya Pradesh has one of the highest rates of female foeticide in India

Madhya Pradesh has one of the highest rates of female foeticide in India

According to 2011 census, 914 girls are born for every 1000 boys below the age of 6, as compared with 927 girls for every 1000 boys in the 2001 census. ...

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Marital rape is a crime in the US

Marital rape is a crime in the US

The roots of patriarchy in society go a long way back. It involves deep seated notions of male superiority and the logic that women, being “inferior” can be subjugated without a...

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Are you a Lucy Stoner?

Are you a Lucy Stoner?

If we asked you if you were a Lucy Stoner, you would probably not understand what we are saying. However, when we explain the concept, you will realise that you might be a Lucy...

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Pregnancy discrimination act USA - looking out for women's welfare

Pregnancy discrimination act USA - looking out for women's welfare

The fact that women are discriminated against without a thought, is no secret. However, from time immemorial there have been groups of women and some men, fighting a steady...

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Will India’s new acid attack laws reduce the number of acid attacks against women?

Will India’s new acid attack laws reduce the number of acid attacks against women?

In July 2013, the Supreme Court of India announced various new regulations which are aimed at regulating the sale of acid; this is a move which is intended to reduce the number...

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Racism at Delhi Airport as alleged by lady from Manipur

Racism at Delhi Airport as alleged by lady from Manipur

Monika khangembam, a woman from Manipur has alleged that she faced lot of racism at the immigration counter at the Delhi IGI airport,when she was heading for Seoul as per...

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Fight against Child Labor Is Being Lost

Fight against Child Labor Is Being Lost

Children are symbolized as the most important part of our country but however the inappropriate understanding of the parents makes them the reason for the weakness of the...

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India’s new Mental Health Bill decriminalizes suicide

India’s new Mental Health Bill decriminalizes suicide

Introduced in the Rajya Sabha in the 3rd week of August, 2013, India’s new Mental Health Bill is being praised for its sensitive approach to mental health, and its intention to...

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Should she be scared to choose her passion as her profession?

Should she be scared to choose her passion as her profession?

The recent case of the gang rape in Mumbai has triggered off another debate. Besides the utterly disgraceful term “rape culture” that has emerged in India of late, such...

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Are we intruding too much on Katrina's personal life?

Are we intruding too much on Katrina's personal life?

It remains an undeniable fact that the biggest price that celebrities pay for their stardom is sacrificing their personal life, irrespective of how undesirable that might be....

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Representation of women in the media : should it go on as it is?

Representation of women in the media : should it go on as it is?

Media, an inseparable organ of our daily lives now, has made its way to our drawing rooms and bedrooms in such a way like never before. Think of ads on male apparel, deodorants,...

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A look at how amended divorce laws in India will affect women

A look at how amended divorce laws in India will affect women

Some marriages are made to last, while some are not. When the latter is the case, it is usual for one or both parties to seek a divorce. Divorce however, is a painful process,...

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The Jimmy Ryce Act, Florida, USA protects children from molesters

The Jimmy Ryce Act, Florida, USA protects children from molesters

When 10-year old Jimmy Ryce, barely a fortnight away from his 11th birthday, got off his school bus on September 11th 1995 and walked home, his life changed forever. The little...

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Why we need to take back the night

Why we need to take back the night

Take Back the Night refers to a movement, which aims to empower women by holding a series of marches and events at night, during which women walk the streets and reclaim their...

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Age appropriate sex education could help reduce crimes against women in India

Age appropriate sex education could help reduce crimes against women in India

It takes little effort to figure out exactly how grim the situation is in India for its female residents. From the infamous but unforgotten Delhi gangrape in 2012 to more recent...

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Reasons why marital rape is not yet legally punishable in India

Reasons why marital rape is not yet legally punishable in India

India is one of the few countries (other examples being including China, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Afghanistan) which does not consider marital rape as being a legally...

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Marriage should not determine a woman's identity!

Marriage should not determine a woman's identity!

Not very many years back, a girl’s life was considered to be a prerogative of her family, and, once they decide to give her hand in marriage to someone, she became his “property...

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Halle Berry’s anti-paparazzi Bill protects children from paparazzi in California

Halle Berry’s anti-paparazzi Bill protects children from paparazzi in California

Very recently, renowned Hollywood actress, Halle Berry, appealed for laws which protected children, especially celebrity children, from being harassed by photographers. The...

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India’s New Labour Law aims to prevent sexual harassment at the workplace

India’s New Labour Law aims to prevent sexual harassment at the workplace

Almost 16 years after the Supreme Court of India laid out guidelines which made it mandatory for employers to have a system in place which addressed sexual harassment at the...

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Need for action against Human Trafficking in India

Need for action against Human Trafficking in India

Among the many human rights violations, which take place on a regular basis in India, the statistics on human trafficking bring forward the urgent need to prioritize it and...

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Curse of child marriage in India

Curse of child marriage in India

Indian officials have come under heavy criticism by non-government agencies and rights activists around the world, for failing to co-sign a United Nations Human Rights council...

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Laying down a dress code for female teachers is an infringement of fundamental rights

Laying down a dress code for female teachers is an infringement of fundamental rights

There have been many a controversies in the last few years, regarding the dress code of lady teachers in schools. The most recent one in this direction happened just last month,...

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Alimony - a financially dependent divorced woman's right

Alimony - a financially dependent divorced woman's right

Under divorce and matrimonial laws, one of the most important aspects is the right to receive and claim alimony. Originally derived from the Latin word, ‘Alimonia’, meaning...

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Women's rights in Arab Spring nations

Women's rights in Arab Spring nations

In the Arab Spring nations, the Arab women play a pivotal role, which justifies their hopes of greater freedom and expanded rights for women especially after the revolts....

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Why Immigration reforms are needed for women in the US

Why Immigration reforms are needed for women in the US

Current lack of Immigration reforms in the United States of America are causing unrest among the 4.1 million strong populous of immigrant women and children who are currently...

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Open defecation - a major breeding ground for rapes

Open defecation - a major breeding ground for rapes

Statistics reveal that in Bihar, which is one of India’s poorest states, around 85% of the rural households do not have access to a toilet. Even generally speaking, isn't that...

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Does a homemaker really have it that easy?

Does a homemaker really have it that easy?

There was once a time, even till a few decades ago, when women could not have been commonly thought of as “working”. Yes, they received education in more homes than not, but...

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The reauthorized Violence against Women Act will protect women in the US from violence

The reauthorized Violence against Women Act will protect women in the US from violence

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was recently reauthorized in the United States by President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden, thus giving hope to the thousands of...

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Paycheck fairness must become a priority for women in the US

Paycheck fairness must become a priority for women in the US

At a time when the US, along with the rest of the world is making giant strides in various fields of science, technology, and development, the issue of paycheck fairness for...

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You are not just a pretty face - you are Prakriti and Shakti too !

You are not just a pretty face - you are Prakriti and Shakti too !

Over centuries, it seems society has forgotten the importance of women. Unfortunately it is not only men who have dominated and suppressed the spirit of women but even many...

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