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Changing women

Lives of several women in Bihar’s Madhubani district have undergone a sea change, making them independent and powerful, thanks to the Poorest Area Civil Societies Programme, says Alka Pande

It’s no kid stuff

The prevalence of child marriages in Rajasthan not just makes a mockery of the law but also causes deep psychological wounds in the minds of those forced to enter wedlock, says Gaurav Sharma

Unsafe workplaces

Though women subjected to sexual harassment at workplace can seek justice, lack of social and family support enables men to get away with the crime. Rakhi Ghosh analyses the gamut of issues

Sailing in style

The Indian Navy and Coast Guard are giving more opportunities for women to do off shore duties of late. Hema Vijay checks how choppy are the waters for women, who want to be on par with men

Saving victims

An Indian American surgeon is in India to save victims of road accidents with his $200,000 simulator dummy. Arun Kumar finds out from Dinesh Vyas of Michigan State University what he is up to

Women builders

Does an all-woman construction workers team sound like a dream? Well, Pipal Tree Ventures has managed to put together such a team that is building agri-warehouses. Smita Deodhar speaks to Santosh Parulekar, the man who trains the builders

 
Green it, too

The launch of Make in India campaign is timely, says Rajendra Shende, batting for the decoupling of fossil fuel based energy generation from the present growth model to make it eco-friendly

Disaster’s child

She was born out of a disaster that struck coastal people 10 years ago. She is Tsunamika, a doll adorning homes, offices, educational institutions and events around the world. Hema Vijay tells us about her birth and how she symbolises hope

The fighter

Kamayani Bali-Mahabal narrates the story of tribal activist K Kali from the Irula community in Kerala. Kali with other women is fighting against the twin evils of alcoholism and malnutrition

Grassroots voices

Fiery grassroots women activists like Monemma, an outspoken young woman from the Yanadi tribe of Andhra Pradesh, took the national capital by storm and drew up an agenda for women’s liberation at a mock Women’s Parliament. Taru Bahl reports

Right schooling

Right to Education Act is doing wonders like putting Akangsha, daughter of poor workers, in a public school in a Rajasthani village. Even her own siblings were not so lucky, says Dilnaz Boga

Wedding stopper

Adolescent Girls’ Groups have been ushering in positive changes. In a remote village in Odisha’s Kandhamal district, the wedding of a 17-year-old Dalit girl was stopped, says Sarada Lahangir

 
The transformers

A Village Health Sanitation and Nutrition Committee in Marwatoli village of Bihar has made the local health sub centre functional, turning it a model govt-run facility, says Ajitha Menon

Free from despair

Adharshila Awasiya Vidyalaya, a residential school for tribal girls, gives hope to many who have gone through hell. Like child brides, rape victims, disabled, abandoned, says Annapurna Jha

Mothers’ diary

Ten years after staging the iconic protest in the nude, the 12 women in Manipur are gearing up for a bigger agitation. Anjulika Thingnam retraces the mothers’ path and finds out their plans

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