Lalita Panicker leads the opinion section at Hindustan Times. Over a 33-year career, she has specialised in gender issues, reproductive health, child rights, politics and social engineering.
Articles by Lalita Panicker
In many camps, there are 200 women to one toilet in most camps and often only open spaces for bathrooms
Building capacity among health workers, addressing intersectionality, and implementing innovative solutions can improve access to family planning services
The study argues that as the idea of the unsafe city has taken hold, women have been forced to restrict their own conduct in public while facing restraints
India, with its considerable expertise in all new technologies, can take many steps to build equal access to them for women
The government must support the voice of women in the response to the climate crisis through increased participation in policy design
To understand what is happening in Gaza, it is necessary to look back at the many works on the subject, especially Failing Peace: Gaza and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict by Sara Roy, which provides a deep understanding into the origins of the conflict
The real testimony to women’s political rights will come when they hold significant positions of power across the political spectrum
Youth-led decision-making can contribute to the betterment of the cities, while also empowering youth as informed and active citizens
There should be a much greater international effort to protect Gaza’s women and children, who are the most vulnerable in this conflict.
Child trafficking networks uncovered in MP and Rajasthan, highlight gaps in the justice system
The Mukta project in Odisha empowers women through self-help groups and aims to increase the involvement and empowerment of women
Measures such as collecting data, raising awareness, and creating safe spaces are needed to combat violence against women in agriculture.
The gig economy presents a significant opportunity for women's entrepreneurship, and the government needs to support the private sector in its business models.
Overcrowding in Indian prisons is a major issue, especially for women prisoners who face isolation and lack of legal aid. Rehabilitation efforts are essential
We need thoughtful urban planning along with equitable allocation of public services, keeping in mind the unique needs of historically disadvantaged communities
The horrific attack on women in Manipur highlights the need for societal change in India to address gender-based violence
Gram sakhis and women's forums in Kishangarh, Ajmer are promoting helpline numbers to deal with violence against women, covering 33 villages in the district.
Universal Basic Income (UBI), if implemented on a larger scale, could be a game changer for women's empowerment in India.
Politics has to take a backseat in the face of this human tragedy and the priority should be to provide succour to these defenceless women and children first
With a growing focus on the climate crisis, it would be wise to use its presidency of the G20 to push for women’s representation in the renewable energy sector.
Investing in women’s nutrition can have positive health outcomes. If India takes the lead here, the effects will be felt long after its presidency of G20 ends
Nighat Shafi Pandit, chairperson of HELP, has doggedly worked in the state for years, providing help to women who have suffered in the conflict.
After the conclusion of India’s G20 presidency, women-led development must find a permanent place as a priority
Normally, the natal family is the one a woman turns to for help, but during the pandemic, staying at home did not always mean staying safe for many women.
According to Olena Kochemyrovska, a gender-based violence technical adviser with the UNFPA, women suffered severe psychological problems due to abuse and the absence of their husbands.
Young people are critical for shaping the future of our cities. Yet, their voices remain underrepresented in decision-making. This must change
When enforced properly, MGNREGS has the potential to shift the power dynamics of gender, an outcome which could be a game-changer in rural areas.
Serious thought must also be given to imparting skills to women on how best they can deal with disasters to minimise trauma and risk.
The level of engagement with gendered vulnerability and adaptive capacity is uneven. This must change
A study conducted in rural Bihar by the Centre for Catalyzing Change (C3) looked into family support for work and domestic labour among elected women representatives. Here's what it found