Elderly women who fear this will be their last vote, women from minority communities keen to back democratic norms – missing from the electoral list these women feel deprived of their right to vote in what was a historic election


The delivery deadlines of fashion brands and suppliers make no allowance for women who are forced to work in peak summer with poor access to water, sanitation and healthcare


A single mother of two, this e-rickshaw driver in Tinsukia says life is a daily struggle to balance earnings and expense


The catchy title apart, the Lakhpati Didi initiative has not really been able to increase income generation among beneficiaries


An offline registration process and better outreach could help, say labour rights activists


Odisha’s scheme to increase workdays under MGNREGA has run into systemic challenges, resulting in poor uptake, especially of women workers


The only way to fob off matrimony and find independence is to ensure that you land a government job, say young women at a Rohtak campus


Aditi, a member of the Revolutionary Workers’ Party of India, has contested elections multiple times at both local and national levels but has never won. She says that winning was never the point


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


Women activists from all the parties that allied to forge the Maha Vikas Aghadi are campaigning with a never-before show of solidarity


Job insecurity, random transfers, non-payment of wages, and lack of benefits are hurting contractual teachers, of whom 55% are women


The small business run by the Paswan family survives through relentless work. Even after 30 years of this, the only way to make ends meet and save some money is by limiting expenses to necessities


From women belonging to nomadic tribes to cane-cutters, small social and workers’ groups are presenting their charter of demands to politicians and parties contesting the ongoing elections


When politicians promise to pay for care work they are putting a value on unpaid labour but they also end up reinforcing social norms about ‘women’s work’


A cinema outing, books, dreams of personal space – every joy, big and small, has to be put off, says a young social activist, in the face of inflation


In 15 of the 86 constituencies where the general elections will be held tomorrow, more than 30% of voters are impacted by the Forest Rights Act. We look at how the loss of forests impacts the lives and livelihoods of Adivasi women


The taps and pipelines meant to carry water to the homes of hill-dwelling communities of the state have either not been installed or have no water supply. Women trudge miles and undertake risks to collect water


A fortnight before polling in Bastar, security forces killed 13 persons in what it called the biggest anti-Naxal operation since 2017. But at least two of those were Adivasi villagers, one of them a young deaf girl


Whether it is putting off an urgent surgery or making do with 250 gm of fish for her family of four once a month, Lakhya Hira Phukon, like most other poorly-paid ASHA workers, has to balance her domestic budget with extreme care


The numbers do not tell the complete story of violence against women and this means that the measures based on existing evidence are inadequate too


We speak to a farmer family whose roots lie in rural Andhra, but have also spread to the cities – there is simply never enough money to get by


The improvements in parameters related to the girl child cannot be solely attributed to the scheme’s implementation


In a London beauty salon run by women from the subcontinent, links between caste, food and odour echo the arguments in the debate in India over a ‘pure vegetarian’ delivery fleet


Our investigation across eight villages showed just one project available under MGNREGS, forcing women to migrate as far as Odisha in search of work


At least 986 million Indians should be voting this year. But it is likely the final numbers will be many millions less. We explain why


They don’t helicopter into villages and vamoose. We speak to young women who are political newcomers on how they ensure constant interaction with people


Initiatives to make the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana more effective has not quite worked out the way it should, we find


These are stories of women whose lives and livelihoods remain ruptured months after they faced sectarian violence


In Delhi, evictions get you resettlement housing but in areas with little access to job, services or essential facilities. And it is the women who struggle the most with travel and livelihood options


It will not curb child marriage but may complicate registrations, say experts


The fact that they are resisting exploitation ruptures the popular political image of marginalised women, says political scientist Proma Raychaudhury


Students have reported frequent incidents of queerphobia and misogyny in universities. We look at why redressal mechanisms remain ineffective


Few women in impoverished packets of rural Maharashtra are aware of government welfare schemes or do not have the documents to access them


An ambitious road project is likely to swallow many Adivasi homes in Aarey forest, already the site of many other development projects


In a wide-ranging interview on the controversial Uniform Civil Code swiftly pushed through by the Uttarakhand government, feminist legal scholar Surbhi Karwa explains how the law has weaponised the language of women’s rights without actually advancing them


The lack of clarity on exclusion of schemes in previous years, arbitrary increases in scheme allocations, and mismatch in scheme performance and corresponding allocations are concerns


Schemes aimed at women did not get the big push they needed, we find


Striking sanitation workers in Delhi’s Burari Hospital have accused private hiring companies of corrupt practices and sexual harassment


In the public discourse around the Mandir, the Muslim voice has been absent. Here is why the community has chosen numbness over articulation


In rural Maharashtra, landless Dalit families often struggle to find space to cremate their dead. Pramila Zombade wants that to change


Linking economic welfare schemes for women to their family size will further limit women’s participation in work and increase their vulnerabilities, argue experts


The relentless cycle of field and paperwork is affecting their mental health, leaving them prone to errors


Feminist solidarities come in all forms -- legal petitions, street protests, Whatsapp conversations, vigils and signature campaigns – as the Bilkis case shows


Faced with termination and loss of salary, striking Anganwadi workers in the state are living in fear and anxiety


Protests to protect one of India’s largest forested corridors has been ongoing for over the past one decade


The bright red slash of kumkum across her forehead has become a mark of feminist solidarity


There is state pressure to dissuade frontline health workers from fighting for political office even though they are still hired as ‘honorary volunteers’


Now 40% of the trainees at the Guru Premnath Akhada are women dreaming of making it to the Olympics, mostly from small-town India




Anganwadi workers says their role has gone from deliverers of schemes to being data collectors for the government


In conversation with playwright Jyoti Dogra, whose new play Maas discusses patriarchy, capitalism and our bodies


The annual Mahaparinirvan Din means many things for the women who throng the annual event in Mumbai to mark Dr.Ambedkar’s life and work


A unique sports event gives women from poor homes the chance to defy gender norms and find sisterhood in play


Women’s Urdu was pungent, it drew from the world around, and it makes for great theatre


Data breaches not only violate digital boundaries, but also have real-world consequences that disproportionately affect women and marginalised groups, says Radhika Roy of the Internet Freedom Foundation


Two in five women fielded by major parties won in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Telangana elections


It is difficult for young Adivasis to leave home and head for neighbouring towns or far metros to join universities. For the women, these challenges are multiplied by fear of the city and social biases


In the south, Telangana has one of the lowest shares of female MLAs, doing worse than its sibling state Andhra Pradesh


Intensification of mining activity has upset the tribal groups for whom the Surjagarh Hill, forest and water bodies are sacred


In the last two decades of their rivalry in Rajasthan, only around 10% of the candidates picked by the BJP and Congress have been women


Rural women have few work options in the state and poverty does not allow them to study either


Procedural issues around self-identification mean that the real numbers are rarely reflected in official data, show studies


On World Toilet Day, here are the stories of two women who struggle to keep sanitation complexes in the slums of Mumbai clean and safe


The Madhya Pradesh government is going all out to woo women with special schemes. But how do the women see this outreach, we ask


Students say that university authorities remain apathetic to repeated instances of sexual harassment and complaints panels are neither unbiased nor effective


With sex education centred around reproductive biology and not consent or pleasure, young girls in small towns rely on their peers, family and the internet


There are growing instances of criminalisation of women workers protesting for better work conditions and wages. After ASHA, Anganwadi and Mid-Day Meal workers, this is happening to the communications workers at Dial 112 in Uttar Pradesh


The acute anaemia crisis in the state is missing from the poll agenda of Chhattisgarh’s political parties


Since it attained statehood, women have made for only 4% of all candidates who have contested in Mizoram’s electoral history


Even the women who are leading pro-reservation rallies in Maharashtra are using the language of patriarchy


The Sijimali mining project could end up destroying a fragile ecosystem and an entire way of life, say Adivasi women and they are determined to protect them


Ration cardholders in various parts of Maharashtra are complaining that they are being denied food grains even before cash transfers have been made to their bank accounts


After a 73-day protest, Haryana’s ASHA workers were able to negotiate for themselves a Rs 2100 hike in their honorarium. This surpasses what is paid by Kerala, the state that pays ASHA workers the highest amount. But the Haryana ASHA workers union is determi...


Despite the enervating humidity of the mid-October night in Mumbai, Bhimabai Zunjure, 40, is deftly working a mound of mango leaves into neat bunches. She sits on the bridge leading to the Dadar flower market, and looks up from her work to only sell the leav...


The frontline health workers have called for a 24-hour strike outside district offices and homes of political leaders


Since its first assembly election as a separate state in 2003, Chhattisgarh has seen a steady increase in the number of women contestants as well as the number of elected women representatives


Most trans men and transmasculine individuals in India end up seeking private medical care because of multiple hurdles to government schemes, says a study



Culture is a powerful medium to collectivise and empower the working class, says the veteran union leader


Up to 80% women complain that buses drive past them and they have to frequently deal with snide remarks about freeloading



Are segregated parks for women the solution to a city’s heavily male-dominated leisure spaces? Even as urban planners and feminists argue, we take a walk in Old Delhi’s historical zenana parks to find some answers



In the bastis of east Mumbai, trade union leader Sangeeta Kamble is an ally and friend of the



Parlours are small pockets of rebellion and assertion where girls and young women find solidarity in small towns and villages


When entire fields and homes are flattened by elephant movement, it is the women, as primary caregivers, who deal with acute anxiety and deprivation


Every time they ask for the concessional tickets for women on state buses, trans women are asked to furnish gender and identity proof


Resources are sparse at this refugee camp in Silchar but women from Manipur who have sheltered here with their families do not want to return home yet


Karnataka's Factories Act amendments raise concerns about worker welfare, women's rights, and need for international standard compliance


Poverty, injustice and insecurity have added to the vulnerability of the women affected by the communal violence in Haryana


In July, a woman rag picker died as her foot caught in a waste truck during a desperate scramble to find valuable scrap. Her story reveals the highly hazardous conditions in which waste pickers work for a pittance


‘Modern’ institutions like schools, colleges, hospitals, media and the district and state administrations have played a big role in shaping the gender dynamics among Adivasis


Only 20% of students attend primary schools in Bihar’s Araria and Katihar districts, revealing a grim post-pandemic state of government schools.


A student just an exam away from finishing her Masters, a dental doctor on the verge of a career, and a school warden held hostage – the violence in Manipur has left them all rudderless. We speak to them in Delhi as they seek to rebuild their lives


The number of women commuters has doubled but with no funds, public bus networks are stretched, leading to overcrowding and disrupted schedules


The violence in Manipur has displaced thousands of people who are now staying in refugee camps. A tribal women’s collective from the north east is spearheading relief operations out of Delhi


The debate around the UCC goes back to colonial times. Here is an explainer of how the idea has evolved over time


The Telangana High Court recently struck down the state’s Eunuch’s Act which criminalised the entire transgender community. We explain why it was outdated and violative of citizen rights