Carrying the burden of an eight-year-old debt, 50-year-old Karuna Kale from Madhya Pradesh’s Barwaha almost broke down while talking about the financial condition of her household


  • Caste
  • ‘We Are Harassed, Beaten’: Adivasi Women Who Demand Forest Land Rights In Gujarat

    “Ye pitai khayi hui auratein hain (These are the women who’ve got beaten up).” That is how we are introduced to Nandaben Nayak, Navliben Nayak and […]


  • Land rights
  • A Dalit women’s collective is fighting for the land it toils on, In Gujarat

    Around 400 metres off the Gujarat state highway near Vautha village, along the snake-like curves of the Sabarmati river, lie nearly a hundred acres of land […]


  • Caste
  • Adivasi Women Bear The Brunt Of Slow Community Forest Rights Approvals In Gujarat

    It has been years since  the women of Bilmarh, a  village on a small hillock some 25 km from Ahwa, the district headquarters of Dang district, […]


  • Leadership
  • Women Leaders Help In Securing Women’s Land Rights in Gujarat

    Geeta Ben Gamit, 42, is a busy woman. The Sarpanch ( village council head) of Bhatpur in Tapi district in South Gujarat was finishing signing papers […]


  • Caste
  • Dalit Women Wait To Till Their Lands In Gujarat

    “We were happy — we wouldn’t have to work in others’ fields anymore. We were going to be farmers,” says Daksha Ben Babu Bhai Parmar, a […]


  • Inequality
  • In Their Fight For Light Rights, Gujarat’s Women Face Long Battles

    Kanchan Kolipatel is a threat. It may not be apparent from her short build, soft voice or sorrowful brown eyes. For some members of her family though, […]


  • Inequality
  • Women May Own Land In Gujarat But Men Control It

    Shankuben Rabari insists she is 40 years old. She has grey hair, a deeply wrinkled face and arms dotted with the green tattoos distinctive to elderly […]


  • Gender and Climate
  • Women Own Forested Land In Gujarat But Not Its Wealth

    Mangla Hira Ji Thakre (45) and her family are sprawled around the television for their post-dinner ritual of watching a hit soap opera. “Arey, this hero […]


  • Agriculture
  • How Organic Promotion Policies End Up Excluding Women Farmers In Gujarat

    On May 14, 2021, while encouraging farmers to take up organic farming as he released the 8th instalment of the Pradhan Mantri- Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN), […]


  • Displacement
  • Dams Displaced And Changed Women’s Lives In Gujarat

    If it were not for the pandemic, Raju Ben Vasava’s grandchildren would be at school. But, schools are shut, and Raju Ben, 55, is baby-sitting for […]


  • Inequality
  • Women Yet To Cross Gender Barriers In India’s Agricultural Markets

    Lassu Ben, 38, is an outspoken and resolute woman but even she sometimes hesitates to trade with the men at the local farm market. ‘Bahas mat […]