Women empowerment

28th October – Child Brides

Child Brides The government is considering raising the minimum legal age of marriage for women from 18 to 21, to reduce the prevalence of child brides (below 18) in India. The benefits of later marriage for women are well established. It is associated with higher nutrition levels for women and their children, lower maternal mortality, …

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25th September – Leadership of women

Leadership of women What do Germany, Taiwan and New Zealand have in common? These are all countries that have women heading their governments. And although they are located in three different continents, the three countries seem to have managed the pandemic much better than their neighbours. Much along the same lines, a detailed recent study …

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24th July – Women in pandemic

How pandemic strengthens patriarchy? Domestic maintenance work and care, much of which are done largely by women within the confines of the home, have become the pillars of post-COVID life and coping strategies. Though central to the survival, well-being and flourishing of human beings, such work has historically been viewed with disdain. This is especially …

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Women in workforce

6th July – Women in workforce

Reset rural job policies, recognise women’s work The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on women’s work, but official statistics do not capture women in workforce adequately and accurately. A survey by the Azim Premji University, of 5,000 workers across 12 States — of whom 52% were women workers — found that women workers …

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Higher Education Institutes

18th March – Women in Science

Closing the gender gap in science India celebrates National Science Day on February 28 every year to mark C.V. Raman’s discovery of the scattering of light. This year, the theme was Women in Science. A progressive trend – Compared to the pre-Independence days, one encouraging fact is that there is an exponential growth in the …

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19th February – Permanent Commission for women in Army

The Supreme Court has brought women officers in 10 streams of the Army on par with their male counterparts in all respects, setting aside longstanding objections of the government. Context – The case was first filed in the Delhi High Court by women officers in 2003, and had received a favourable order in 2010. But …

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26th December – Pradhan Mantri Ujjawala Yojana

The much hyped Pradhan Mantri Ujjawala Yojana was launched in May 2016. It promised to provide free cooking gas connections to 80 million poor families. Basic issue – Each BPL household would have to spend up to Rs.5,000 each year on LPG even at current subsidised prices — in addition to a one-time cost of …

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