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Alabama's abortion ban is stricter than even Saudi Arabia

27 May 2019

Alabama's abortion ban is stricter than even Saudi Arabia

United States is often perceived as an extremely progressive country; a first-world nation. However, a pregnant person in the US state of Alabama would have less bodily autonomy than most countries in the world, after the state's proposed abortion restrictions.

Breaking 200-year-old tradition, woman made manager of Assam tea estate

08 Dec 2018

Breaking 200-year-old tradition, woman made manager of Assam tea estate

The iconic Assam tea estates have been serving us India's favorite tea since the 1830s.

#DomesticViolence: Home is most unsafe place for women, says UN

28 Nov 2018

#DomesticViolence: Home is most unsafe place for women, says UN

A disturbing report released by the United Nations says out of the total number of women killed around the world last year, 58% were murdered by their family members or intimate partners for dowry and/or 'honor-related' matters.

180 million jobs for women at high risk globally: IMF

09 Oct 2018

180 million jobs for women at high risk globally: IMF

As many as 180 million jobs for women are at high risk of being displaced globally due to new technologies like automation, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned today.

Why don't victims of sexual abuse speak up?

28 Sep 2018

Why don't victims of sexual abuse speak up?

After Tanushree Dutta alleged Nana Patekar of sexual harassment, some 10 years later after the incident, everyone is questioning her- if she's actually telling the truth or if this allegation marks her comeback in the limelight.

SC Sabarimala-judgment: Women activists elated but concerned over ground reality

28 Sep 2018

SC Sabarimala-judgment: Women activists elated but concerned over ground reality

Women activists today hailed the Supreme Court judgment allowing entry of women into Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala in Kerala but expressed concern over its acceptance at the ground level.

PMS+Depression: Here's what PMS does to my depression

27 Sep 2018

PMS+Depression: Here's what PMS does to my depression

Last week, I had my period. Normal, right? Well, not normal.

A VR film is set to break the abortion stigma

25 Sep 2018

A VR film is set to break the abortion stigma

Abortion in India continues to be a stigmatized issue, often surrounded by shame and silence at different levels- be it at personal, community, or institutional and structural level.

Facebook accused of allowing bias against women in job ads

19 Sep 2018

Facebook accused of allowing bias against women in job ads

Facebook is once again embroiled in a controversy after it was accused of giving employers a powerful tool to discriminate against women seeking work.

Children separated from jailed mothers must visit them regularly: Maneka

16 Sep 2018

Children separated from jailed mothers must visit them regularly: Maneka

Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi proposed that a child separated from jailed mother must be made to visit her in prison at least thrice weekly, amid incidents of such children getting trafficked.

#KeralaNunRape: The art of victim blaming

12 Sep 2018

#KeralaNunRape: The art of victim blaming

What's the first thing you usually hear when you tell someone about a rape case? Let me help you.

#BreakingGlassCeiling: India hires more female pilots than any other country

06 Sep 2018

#BreakingGlassCeiling: India hires more female pilots than any other country

Indian society has always been tagged patriarchal and rightly so. But there is one section that's aiming to break that label: the aviation sector, where 12% of commercial pilots are women.

Women should live life on their own terms, says Kareena

02 Sep 2018

Women should live life on their own terms, says Kareena

Kareena Kapoor Khan believes in challenging the norms, be it with her film choices like 'Chameli', 'Asoka', and 'Jab We Met', or decision to flaunt her baby bump.

Critical drug vanishes, pushing millions of Indian women into risk

10 Aug 2018

Critical drug vanishes, pushing millions of Indian women into risk

A few months ago, the government passed new rules restricting the manufacture and sale of oxytocin.

Divorced, widowed Hindu women can now remarry in Pakistan's Sindh

10 Aug 2018

Divorced, widowed Hindu women can now remarry in Pakistan's Sindh

In a first, divorced or widowed Hindu women in Pakistan's Sindh province have been allowed to remarry under the Sindh Hindu Marriage (Amendment) Bill 2018, made by the provincial assembly.

Northern Railway's women workers demand apron over uniform

10 Aug 2018

Northern Railway's women workers demand apron over uniform

Women workers of Northern Railway have written to the Railway Board saying that given the lack of changing room for them at most stations, their uniform should be restricted to an apron which can be worn over their regular clothes.

What's happening against women under Modi hasn't happened in 3,000-years:RaGa

08 Aug 2018

What's happening against women under Modi hasn't happened in 3,000-years:RaGa

Congress President Rahul Gandhi lashed out at BJP yesterday, claiming what is happening against women during PM Narendra Modi's tenure hasn't happened in the last 3,000 years in India.

Punishing only men for adultery violates right to equality: SC

03 Aug 2018

Punishing only men for adultery violates right to equality: SC

The SC has commenced hearing on a much-criticized law: the 158-year-old criminalization of adultery in India.

#HistoryMade: Pakistan's tribal women cast vote for the first time

25 Jul 2018

#HistoryMade: Pakistan's tribal women cast vote for the first time

In a historic first, women of a conservative tribal district of Pakistan bordering Afghanistan today cast their ballots as Pakistan went to polls, according to a media report.

Indonesia: Raped by brother, 15-year-old girl jailed for having abortion

22 Jul 2018

Indonesia: Raped by brother, 15-year-old girl jailed for having abortion

On Thursday, an Indonesian court awarded six months' imprisonment to a 15-year-old girl, who was raped by her own brother, for undergoing an abortion. Abortion is illegal in the country.

After backlash, sanitary napkins finally exempted from GST

21 Jul 2018

After backlash, sanitary napkins finally exempted from GST

After many protests, the GST Council has decided to exempt sanitary napkins from the tax, confirmed Delhi Finance Minister Manish Sisodia.

Anyone can enter: SC on women-entry ban in Sabarimala Temple

18 Jul 2018

Anyone can enter: SC on women-entry ban in Sabarimala Temple

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court said the ban on women entry in Kerala's Sabarimala shrine is against the Constitution.

Why are women paid less than men? Here we decode

12 Jul 2018

Why are women paid less than men? Here we decode

It is common knowledge that women, in India and elsewhere, are paid substantially lesser than men. This disparity has persisted since antiquity, across sectors and geographies. Unfortunately, this pay parity exists even today.

$15-30 trillion loss if girls don't finish school: World Bank

12 Jul 2018

$15-30 trillion loss if girls don't finish school: World Bank

Not educating girls or creating barriers in their school education globally costs between $15-30 trillion, the World Bank said as the UN marks "Malala Day" today.

Looking for safe places for women? Look to India's northeast!

09 Jul 2018

Looking for safe places for women? Look to India's northeast!

If you're wondering if there's any place safe for women anymore, India's northeast might surprise you.

Kerala madrassa allegedly expels student for wearing bindi during shoot

09 Jul 2018

Kerala madrassa allegedly expels student for wearing bindi during shoot

A man in Kerala has lashed out at his daughter's madrassa, which apparently expelled her because she wore a bindi during a shoot.

After 'micro-mini skirts' lecture, Twitter-user returns with another 'sanskaar' lesson

08 Jul 2018

After 'micro-mini skirts' lecture, Twitter-user returns with another 'sanskaar' lesson

This week, 'Madhav' (@mahesh10816 on Twitter) posted a thread about how he intervened to 'teach' girls wearing 'micro-minis' in a posh Mumbai restaurant about Indian values, which apparently moved them to tears.

'We use ash/dust/sand during menstruation,no sanitary-pads': Maid's tale moves employer

08 Jul 2018

'We use ash/dust/sand during menstruation,no sanitary-pads': Maid's tale moves employer

Akshay Kumar-Sonam Kapoor-Radhika Apte starrer 'Padman' brought to attention a crippling problem in India, where sanitary napkins are a luxury rather than a necessity.

Let single-mothers file PAN-applications without naming child's father: Maneka Gandhi

06 Jul 2018

Let single-mothers file PAN-applications without naming child's father: Maneka Gandhi

Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister Maneka Gandhi is fighting again to make things easier for single mothers.

Muzaffarnagar: Woman tied to tree, beaten up over 'illicit relationship'

06 Jul 2018

Muzaffarnagar: Woman tied to tree, beaten up over 'illicit relationship'

A woman was allegedly tied to a tree and beaten up on the orders of a panchayat in a village in Muzaffarnagar over an "illicit relationship" with her brother-in-law's son, police said.

This school asks girls to wear white/skin colored underwear

05 Jul 2018

This school asks girls to wear white/skin colored underwear

The MAEER's MIT School in Pune has some bizarre ideas for "security" of its students. For one, safety apparently lies in the color of girls' underwear.

Prominent Bengaluru bar in trouble for 'indecent, obscene' activities

05 Jul 2018

Prominent Bengaluru bar in trouble for 'indecent, obscene' activities

Police have busted illegal activities in one of Bengaluru's prominent bars, rescuing at least 32 women and arresting six employees.

Maharashtra government's women, widower employees to get six-month childcare leave

04 Jul 2018

Maharashtra government's women, widower employees to get six-month childcare leave

To enable better parenting, Maharashtra government has decided to give six months' paid leave to its women and widower employees for childcare.

Computer Science and IIT-Bombay are hot favorites of JEE toppers

28 Jun 2018

Computer Science and IIT-Bombay are hot favorites of JEE toppers

Computer Science and IIT-Bombay have emerged as the top favorites this time, with most JEE toppers preferring this course in this institute, the Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) has revealed.

Twin-births in India have grown ten-fold, thanks to changing lifestyles

27 Jun 2018

Twin-births in India have grown ten-fold, thanks to changing lifestyles

Lifestyles in India have undergone drastic changes in the last two decades. We are now busier, want quick solutions to problems, and often forego personal lives for careers.

India the "most dangerous" country for women, finds global survey

26 Jun 2018

India the "most dangerous" country for women, finds global survey

If someone needed more proof that women in this country are at high risk, an international poll has now named India the most dangerous for women.

Only 46 of top 1,000 scorers in JEE-Advanced are girls

25 Jun 2018

Only 46 of top 1,000 scorers in JEE-Advanced are girls

The abysmal sex ratio at the premier IITs shows no signs of improving. This time, only 14 girls feature among the top-500 scorers in the JEE-Advanced, and 46 among the top-1,000.

Saudi Arabia lifts decades-old ban on women driving

24 Jun 2018

Saudi Arabia lifts decades-old ban on women driving

Saudi Arabia became the last country in the world to allow women to drive by overturning a decades-old ban on female motorists today.

Pope Francis compares abortion to the Nazis' 'purity' obsession

17 Jun 2018

Pope Francis compares abortion to the Nazis' 'purity' obsession

Speaking off-the-cuff at a meeting, Pope Francis on Saturday likened abortions to the Nazi obsession with "pure race," and said children should be accepted as they are since they are God's gift.

MP: Police-aspirants allegedly harassed in jail, made to undergo pregnancy-test

15 Jun 2018

MP: Police-aspirants allegedly harassed in jail, made to undergo pregnancy-test

Nine women protesting for reforms in police recruitment were arrested in Bhopal, but what allegedly happened next was traumatic.