October 17, 2019

Not to ‘Empower Women’: A Musing on Efforts and Interventions

There is a perception that women are the most vulnerable, and so any action for them will be empowering; this is a fallacy.
October 16, 2019

Women of Jharkhand: Fighting Violence against Women

Whatever progress is made in the livelihoods and economic spheres of life, women in villages will only experience significant empowerment when violence—physical, emotional, psychological and other areas-against them is totally eradicated
November 2, 2018

Self Help Groups: Empowering Agencies

SHGs are living organizations and need to be allowed to grow organically in response to internally identified needs rather than be directed by outside entities that have the narrow aspirations of economic growth only.
April 17, 2018

The Being and Doing of CSR

Emphasising the distinction between the being and the doing capabilities of a person and a community, the article stresses how corporate support in nurturing civil society, through collectives, will lead to holistic development of the poor, knowing they have the potential to bring about change in themselves and the world around them
April 5, 2018

Women’s Collectives: Changing the Lives of the Rural Poor in India

Evolving a unique, farmer-focused research methodology, drawn from several complementary approaches, this research project brings about positive changes in the lives of women in this remote area, encouraging them to view themselves not as secondary drivers of agricultural output but as principal farmers, researchers, teachers and active agents of social change.
April 3, 2018

TASAR SERICULTURE: Women Make it Profitable

Initiating the revival of the silk value chain, with women at the helm, leading them to be sericulturists, environmentalists and traditional scientists.
April 3, 2018

THE STORY RETOLD: Singleness and the Sanghathan

Stories of how single women of Rayagada work to transform the future- a journey of gendered relationships, collective action and co-learning
April 2, 2018

The Night of The Skirmish: A Fight for Mother Nature

Having realized the vital importance of preserving the forest in which they live, the women of Hakimsinan become fiercely protective of the trees and will go to any lengths to stop indiscriminate felling. This is their commitment to, what they consider, their ‘mother’—the jungle that has nourished them for centuries
February 4, 2018

Collective Farming: Creating an Identity for Women Farmers

Applying their minds to adopting improved agricultural practices and shifting to vegetable cultivation on a large scale through collective farming, the women of Gaudaguda village unite to change not only agricultural practices but also show their potential at organizing themselves by bringing the market to their doorsteps, thereby streamlining processes
January 2, 2018

Small Changes on the Road to Development

A story of how a barely literate woman was able to change her life and tap her potential when provided with opportunities.