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Bollywood, Respectability and Flat Female Leads

Sharanya Haridas | Posted 09.22.2014 | Media
Sharanya Haridas

Beyond the realm of body parts, clothing choices, and sexuality, it is questionable as to whether Bollywood actresses, including Deepika Padukone, have done much to empower women with their body of on-screen work.

Kolkata-Born Photographer Uses Football To Empower Girls In India

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 09.17.2014 | Arts

"I believe that girls' empowerment is of vital global importance," Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri, one of the famed photographers/filmmakers behind Markus and ...

I Refuse To Let My Mom's Sacrifices For Me Go Wasted

Tanya Devani | Posted 08.25.2014 | Teen
Tanya Devani

Instead of a porcelain piggy bank most American kids have, my mom and her friends made small pots out of clay to store the coins they saved. While her friends would buy candy for themselves with their money, my mom would save up her own coins to buy a novel from a small bookstore.

Pitching for Manipur: Documentary Sheds New Light on Northeast India Through Baseball

Jaime Lubin | Posted 05.20.2014 | Arts
Jaime Lubin

The Only Real Game follows passionate Manipuri baseball players fighting for happiness amid the daily chaos that threatens their lives. When U.S. envoys from MLB arrive to tutor Manipuri coaches, the love of a game shared by two disparate cultures becomes a powerful force for change and hope.

Indian Man Creates New Sanitary Pads After Discovering Wife Was One Of Millions Using Dirty Rags For Protection

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.10.2014 | Impact

Updated: March 10, 2014: 11:35 a.m. EST In 1998, Arunachalam Muruganantham was startled to discover his wife was hiding "nasty cloths" from him --...

Practicing on the Margins of Mainstream Law: A Personal Perspective on Sexual Violence in India

Naina Kapur | Posted 11.09.2013 | World
Naina Kapur

It was a classic case with an atypical witness -- a young man, that rare witness to a rape, who exposed to us all the elements of what was so deeply broken in our criminal justice system when it comes to women and sexual violence. He was indeed the hero amongst us all.

An Ex-Pat View on Sexual Violence in India

Katrina Markel | Posted 10.30.2013 | World
Katrina Markel

Indian women are probably hassled, groped and attacked far more than westerners and violence against women is hardly a new thing in India, but the fact that the world is suddenly focused on the problem may signify a sea change.

Indian Businessman Accused Of Raping Irish Woman

AP | MANIK BANERJEE | Posted 08.05.2013 | World

KOLKATA, India — Police said Wednesday they have arrested a man accused of raping an Irish woman who volunteered at a children's charity in the ...

I, an Indian Woman

Kanan Dhru | Posted 06.24.2013 | Women
Kanan Dhru

Where do I search for my identity in such contrasting realities? How can I dare to dream when I feel insecure every time I have to step out of my house?

Being a woman in a schizophrenic male world

Monique Villa | Posted 05.27.2013 | Women
Monique Villa

This past week, chatting away at the dinner table, I was asked about one of my favorite books. My answer was swift: 'Il Gattopardo' -"The Leopard"- th...

A Chorus of Indian Muslim Girls and Women: "Learn and Earn"

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 04.16.2013 | World
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

This is what Muslim girls and women -- at the bottom of the totem pole -- are clamoring for. And to me that is the single most encouraging indicator for the future success of Muslim girls and women as they become integrated and respected members of their families and communities.

Daughters Of India

Saumya Arya Haas | Posted 03.04.2013 | Religion
Saumya Arya Haas

Mother India, Your daughters are dying. Your structures of power and abuse -- and denial of that abuse -- make our suffering not only possible, but probable. Stop using Your "sentiments" as an excuse to silence evidence of human suffering. See us. Hear us.

Your Cauldron of Shame Is Spilling Over, India; Treat Your Women Better

Sourav Roy | Posted 02.19.2013 | World
Sourav Roy

If by strength is meant moral power, then woman is immeasurably man's superior. Has she not greater intuition, is she not more self-sacrificing, has she not greater powers of endurance, has she not greater courage?

The Power of Grassroots Democracy

Mary Ellen McNish | Posted 01.21.2013 | Impact
Mary Ellen McNish

Holding local government to account is one of the most important tools people have to end their own hunger and poverty. But in most of the developing world, this is just a dream.

A Meditation on the Word “NO”

Joya Dass | Posted 08.18.2012 | Women
Joya Dass

What Annie said next stopped me in my tracks: "Education gives a woman the power to say NO."

10 Things You Can Do To Stop Street Harassment

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 04.23.2012 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

"This is not what we want for the next generation of girls. This is a time for people to raise awareness ... and create community-based solutions to make public places safer for everyone."

Meghalaya, India: Where Women Rule, And Men Are Suffragettes

BBC | Posted 01.20.2012 | World

In the small hilly Indian state of Meghalaya, a matrilineal system operates with property names and wealth passing from mother to daughter rather than...

How Much Do Female Politicians Effect Young Girls' Goals?

Posted 01.18.2012 | Women

Increased presence and visibility of female politicians in local government raises the academic performance and career aspirations of young women in I...

Guess Which Country Is The Most Stressful For Women?

TIME NewsFeed | Posted 09.12.2011 | Women

As women around the world enjoy broader opportunities and expanding roles, they're also experiencing one other increase in their lives -- stress. I...

India: Single Women Break Their Silence

Inter Press Service | Nitin Jugran Bahuguna | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

By Nitin Jugran Bahuguna NEW DELHI, Oct 22 (IPS) - It has been more than eight years since the January 2001 earthquake struck the Indian state of G...

Sex And The City Of Delhi

Katherine Russell Rich | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Katherine Russell Rich

Sex toys are illegal in India - their purchase or use - which is one reason for their high demand as gifts from abroad, now that Sex and the City and the internet has spread news of their existence.