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Violence against women in India, behind the data

On the International Day of Eliminating Violence Against Women, Ranjana Das from Oxfam India explores official crime statistic

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Closing the Gap on Gender: Is India up for the challenge?

India is a land of many contrasts where goddesses are revered for their strength and invincibility yet violence against women in all forms is a common phenomenon. In the year 2012, there was a devas

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She tills, she sows, but she does not own

‘A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction’, so said Virginia Woolf.  It was a great realization eighty years back which, unfortunately, still remains to be realized. Though many more things since then have been added to the list.    A w

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Take a pause: what do the Uttrakhand floods tell us about India’s development model?

The recent flash floods in Uttrakhand have already claimed around 1000 lives and more than 3000 people are still missing.   One of the worst calamities caused by an extreme weather event in the form of cloud burst and hig

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Saving lives on sharp turning roads

I am writing this while travelling on a road with sharp turnings. We are  on  a truck going for  relief distribution  to people in the affected villages of  Guptkashi and Gauri Kund. The food ration that we plan to distribute consists of rice,  dal, wheat, oil, spice

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Right to a Violence Free Life

One of the most important things Oxfam India does is advocate for rights. We fight for the right to food. The right to political freedom.The right to land. The right to dignity. One of the most important rights, however, is the right to live free of the fear of violence. Sadly, this right remains beyond the grasp of millions of women in South Asia, who live in the shadow of violence every day. It becomes a banal but horrifying reality that dominates their lives, extinguishing their hopes for a better future.

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They do mind the gap

If you walked into a small auditorium at a New Delhi university recently, here’s what you would have seen — several young people sat quietly in a circle. They were listening to another young woman speak. She talked about painful realities that countless Indian women have to endure, but rarely confront. She spoke about growing up as a girl. She spoke about how she was repeatedly told — sometimes literally and sometimes subliminally — that she was inferior to her brothers. She spoke about the pure fear she felt when she walked alone at night. And she spoke about how India must make a profound change in the way it treats its women if it ever wants to reach its destiny.

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Right to Education, still a long way to go.

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act came into force three years back on 1 April 2010. It introduced hope- hope that some of the changes necessary in the education system would finally happen.

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Can We Close the Gap on Women's Inequality in India?

Last month prime minister David Cameron visited India with the biggest delegation of British business leaders ever taken overseas. I was in India at the same time and saw a different side of the country, where inequality - particularly for girls- is a daily part of everyday life.

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Breaking Old Barriers and Building New Alliances for Food Justice in India and Globally

Oxfam India and the Institute of Development Studies in the UK have joined hands to bring together the joint special IDS Bulletin, ‘Standing on the Threshold: Food Justice in India’ the best collection of academic, expert and practitioner voices on food justice, food security and food systems in India.

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