Gender and Development in Chhattisgarh: Some Policy Prescriptions

Despite rapid economic growth, Chhattisgarh has seen a sluggish decline in poverty leading to pockets of extreme deprivation. A fallout of this development paradigm, which ignored the needs and aspirations of the marginalised communities, has been the rise in violence against women. There is urgent...

Oxfam India Marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in Lucknow

Oxfam India today released a policy brief on the state of gender development and women’s empowerment in Uttar Pradesh.   The brief examines the socio-economic progress in the state along with implementation of schemes for gender development & empowerment and recommends urgent actions...

Picture Abhi Baqi Hai, Behena

1.3 billion Indians have been touched by Bollywood at some point of their existence. The Hindi film industry is significantly connected to the way talent is discovered and promoted both formally and informally in the country. From weddings to devotional songs, films permeate every cultural facet of...

The pathways to gender equality are far from straight

The feminist trade-union of women wastepickers in India, has 8,000 members all of whom belong to the ‘lower’ Dalit caste. Established in the early 1990’s, the trade-union has brought about tremendous improvements in women’s public and private lives. However limited research exists on men’s (...

Indian Film Industry must make space for ‘lady-oriented’ films

Celebrating the release of Lipstick Under My Burkha, Oxfam India today urged the Indian film fraternity to produce more women oriented cinema and make space for many more women filmmakers to tell stories from the perspectives of women and girls.Lipstick Under My Burkha was presented the Oxfam Best...

Promote men’s involvement for changing social norms

Bhawani Prasad Nayak is the district coordinator with the Institute for Social Development (ISD), a partner organisation of Oxfam India in Odisha. Bhawani is also associated with the Forum to Engage Men (FEM) in the state. He writes about the critical role men play in helping achieve gender...

India Must Tear Down Gender Inequality In The Workplace

Girls and women constitute almost half of the population of India, yet they are deprived of access to resources and opportunities in comparison to their male counterparts, often becoming victims of discrimination due to their gender. Almost every Indian would agree that of all the women they know,...

Why is passing the Women’s Reservation Bill urgent?

 “Does it really require to have women’s reservation in the Parliament? Don’t you think efficient men will lose their opportunity to make the necessary impact?” A young woman political leader put this question to the delegation of women’s rights organisation (WRO) when they met her...

What Rahul Bose Has To Say About Gender Roles In Bollywood Makes Perfect Sense

Rahul Bose may not be seen much these days, but he creates ripples with his strong opinions. Known for doing niche movies and avoiding the limelight, when this man speaks about gender equality people really want to listen. He is currently the global ambassador for Oxfam India, a global movement...

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