Gender Gap

Increasing Women Voter Turnout in Indian Elections

Even though Indian elections have consistently witnessed a reasonably higher turnout than most advanced democracies, a gender gap in voting in India continues to exist since the first Lok Sabha election held in 1952. The average turnout during last 16 Lok Sabha elections has been around 60 per cent but men have been outnumbering women […]

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Violence against Women | Rape in India

Why so Many Rapes? Sexual Violence against Women in India

In January 2018, an unidentified man raped an 80 year old woman inside her home in village Talwade near Pune (Outlook, 2018). In the same month, an 8 year old girl’s mangled body was found dumped in the jungles near Rasana village of Jammu and Kashmir after being gang raped and unspeakably brutalised. Barely two […]

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home-based workers in India

Home-Based Work: Intersectionalities and Vagaries

The concept of boundaries has been extensively used in the work–family literature.  Activities formally designated as ‘work’ and the activities associated with domestic matters often take place in separate spaces. It would be of interest, therefore, to see how when formal work takes place in informal spaces at home, the conceptual and geographic boundaries, largely […]

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Free online courses on women rights and development

Free Online Courses on Women’s Rights, Development and more

Free online courses are a resource unlike any other, which can help you gain access to knowledge in highly specialised areas. We present to you a few courses on gender, women’s rights and development, to help you gain new insights. Course 1 Name of the course: Confronting Gender Based Violence: Global Lessons for Healthcare Workers […]

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gender justice in India


In India, the principle of gender equality has been enshrined in its Constitution, the very document that provides the basis and guidance for governance in a democracy. In this sense, gender justice in India is inextricable from the workings of the democratic principles we have adopted. The inclusion of gender justice – equality before the […]

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women's day

Women’s day special – 8 passionate women environmentalists

Ellen Churchill Semple: Environmental Determinism Women’s day all about acknowledging the effort of women in everyday life. Therefore, we may perhaps begin with Semple for her constant effort for asserting, “Man is a product of the earth’s surface. This means not merely that he is a child of the earth, dust of her dust; but […]

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Urban displacement and Vulnerability

Urban Slum Dwellers Displacement and Vulnerability

The government has encouraged private construction companies to develop land and housing on which slums reside, especially in the prime locations, through cross-subsidization of the housing projects. At an everyday level, local elite slum dwellers’ interests intersect with other poorer slum dwellers and the urban elites within the city. This speculation has inflated property prices […]

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Empowerment: A Buzzword that Needs Revisiting

Since the late 1970s, the term ‘empowerment’ has been liberally applied by academics and aid workers in the English-speaking world, including in social services, social psychology, public health, and adult literacy and community development. The field of international development has also embraced the term enthusiastically and the idea of empowerment features prominently in the current […]

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