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


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


What are the peculiarities of sleep and rest in the life of a female street vendor who works in a market that opens before dawn? Can alternate ideas of urban planning help reimagine her life, ease her anxieties? We return to Delhi’s Raghubir Nagar for answer...


Frequent cyclones and erratic floods are increasing saltwater contamination, leading to health hazards and distressing living conditions


A heritage walk looks at the capital city’s historic and contemporary spaces through the queer lens, revealing some less known insights


Violent evictions from streets, abuse and brutality are routine for street vendors. A law to protect their rights suffers from flawed implementation


Digital illustrator Ritika Gupta talks about the significance of the digital medium for neurodivergent artists and why community networks for disabled artists must thrive


In this, the third in the series ‘Placing Work, Mapping Places’, we explore the many reasons why Raghubir Nagar’s women hawkers associate leisure with the safety of places of worship



Government policies oblivious to gender and caste inequities leave women livestock farmers from lowered communities without economic safety nets.


Except one, none of the PoSH-mandated Local Committees in the capital are doing what they should – create conditions that encourage women workers from the informal sector to speak up against sexual violence


Theatre can be a powerful, joyful medium for the trans gender community to make its voice heard


A trainer who works with marginalised youth groups believes that Dalit women in intercaste relationships do not get the respect they deserve


A range of issues – state apathy, knotty conditions, local hostility – hobble the programme


Godna, the fine art of tattoo painting, is practised by Dalit Dusadh women. Its approach, raw material, and themes are nothing like the more popular Mithila artwork


There is little conversation around violence against women and other marginalised groups on the internet


The bulldozers arrived with no notice, women allege, leaving them stranded without shelter or belongings


Data debunks false claims about ‘missing women’, the real problem lies elsewhere


Many athletes are not even aware of what constitutes sexual harassment and those who complain meet with apathy from government sports bodies, says Jagmati Sangwan, activist and former athlete


Gendered laws and emotional issues between transgender persons and their often estranged families are problem areas


Feminists have critiqued the use of criminal law in ‘rape on the promise of marriage’ but the issue of intersectionalities cannot be ignored



The Jaharveer festival is an important event in the life of Mathura’s Valmikis, marking their distinct culture and identity


A craft brought by the missionaries changed the lives of Dalit women in multiple ways before it became the domain of a dominant caste


In cities like Lucknow and Varanasi, multiple barriers prevent queer women from accessing safe mental healthcare. Some of them turn to their community for comfort.


In an intercaste marriage, patriarchy and caste privilege decide food practices


The director of ‘Nooramma: Biriyani Durbar’, a play about Tamil Nadu’s biryani entrepreneurs from the transgender community, talks about his oeuvre and theatre as a space that brings many marginalised identities together.


With the women’s movement, theatre and Buddhism as her learning field, Du Saraswathi contemplates the truth written on our bodies.


Dalit histories are diverse and it is important to record and remember everything we can until they become mainstream.


The authors use a novel dataset based on NFHS-5 to present data highlights on child marriage in parliamentary constituencies across India. They trace the prevalence of female child marriage and the extent to which the situation has improved in certain states o...


In this, the second in the series ‘Placing Work, Mapping Places’, we detail the struggles of Raghubir Nagar’s pheriwalis in dealing with street and State violence. We ask them to reimagine their workspaces as safer, gender-friendly and more productive.


After recording some improvement in recent years, the growth in female labour force participation rate in India now seems to be stagnating. Among the women who work, the share of those who are self-employed has been increasing in recent years, even as their av...



Historian Uma Chakravarti on Pandita Ramabai's radical photographs of conjugality and its discontents.


Currently, India’s legal structure shows little respect for care work of any kind


At a time when women urgently need rest, support and monitoring, ritual segregation can be dangerous


Indian history is replete with biographical and regional details regarding spatial and sartorial separation of women from men