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Namita Bhandare writes on gender and other social issues and has 25 years of experience in journalism. She has edited books and features in a documentary on sexual violence. She tweets as @namitabhandare

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Male feminist allies: Why every woman needs one

Baba was my feminist ally, the sort of man every woman should have in her corner. Someone who believes in her, thinks twice before questioning her decisions, and remains her most enthusiastic cheerleader.

New Delhi, India - June 21, 2024: Young women react as they are clicked during rains, in New Delhi, Friday, June 21, 2024. Light rainfall on Friday brought some relief to the people in Delhi after a relentless heatwave in the region for over a month. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 21, 2024 08:59 PM IST

Meet the MP: Geniben the giant killer

In Delhi to attend a Congress Parliamentary Party meeting, Geniben Thakor aka ‘the giant killer’, the only opposition candidate to win a seat in Gujarat.

HT Image
Updated on Jun 16, 2024 01:05 PM IST

Meet the MP: Iqra Munawwar Hasan

I spoke to Iqra Hasan, one of only 27 Muslim women ever to make it to Parliament, about her plans for Kairana, putting her PhD on hold.

Meet the MP: Iqra Munawwar Hasan
Published on Jun 09, 2024 08:30 AM IST

Missing women MPs in the new Lok Sabha

Despite remaining largely a boys’ club, a new generation of young and feisty women are set to enter Parliament

Geniben Thakor with Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. (PTI)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Jun 07, 2024 10:07 PM IST

General Elections 2024: Through a gender lens darkly

I’m thinking about what the 2024 general elections tells us about attitudes to gender and violence against women.

Nadia, May 13 (ANI): Women voters stand in queue to cast their votes for the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha elections, in Nadia on Monday. (ANI Photo) (CEOWestBengal-X)
Published on Jun 02, 2024 02:30 PM IST

Misbehaviour, misogyny and muddying the waters

Did Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s aide, Bibhav Kumar assault Swati Maliwal as she has claimed?

New Delhi, May 18 (ANI): Personal aide of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Bibhav Kumar being taken to the Aruna Asaf Ali Government Hospital for a medical examination after he was arrested by the Delhi Police in connection with the alleged assault on Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal, in New Delhi on Saturday. (ANI Photo)(ANI)
Updated on May 19, 2024 02:48 PM IST

Women voters lead the fight against misogyny

The exclusion of women is one part of the problem. The other is the inclusion and patronage of men accused of serious gender crimes, including rape.

In no election has the woman voter mattered as much. (For Representation)
Published on May 10, 2024 11:41 PM IST

Everybody loves women. Especially when they’re out voting

Women are now a force that no political party can afford to ignore. How did this come about and what are parties doing to win their vote? Read on…

Published on Apr 28, 2024 06:13 PM IST

Read food labels, junk false health-gain claims

The revelation that Nestle allegedly adds sugar to its various Cerelac cereals by a Swiss NGO and the International Baby Food Action Network has sparked a storm

The Nestle logo is pictured on the company headquarters building in Vevey, Switzerland.(Reuters)
Published on Apr 26, 2024 10:10 PM IST

Women are suing governments for failing to protect their right to life

Two recent court judgments, one by the Supreme Court and one by a human rights court in Strasbourg have set precedents for new climate litigation.

Swedish climate campaigner Greta Thunberg talks with Rosmarie Wydler-Walti, of the Swiss elderly women group Senior Women for Climate Protection(REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 14, 2024 07:33 PM IST

The missing link in political empowerment of women

If 2024 tells us one thing about sharing power then it is this: The men won’t give it up until they have to. Women will just have to wait.

As voters, women aren’t a homogeneous block.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Published on Apr 12, 2024 11:00 PM IST

The time of their lives: For some women age is just a number

Life expectancy is up finds a new Lancet report. But for some women, it’s not just about living longer but also living better…

Prabhavati Bhagwati: Living her best life at 97
Published on Apr 07, 2024 10:53 AM IST

The good wife: A lesson from India’s courts

A family court’s observation this past week that applying sindoor, or vermillion, is the ‘religious duty’ of a married woman…

(Source: Wikimedia, Bodhisattva Dasgupta)
Updated on Apr 01, 2024 10:16 AM IST

The mood has changed, misogynists better behave

Political parties now recognise women's power as voters. It is then up to them to signal their displeasure and intolerance for verbal abuse.

Political parties now recognise women's power as voters. (PTI PHOTO.)
Published on Mar 29, 2024 11:38 PM IST

Ee sala cup namdu: How WPL is a gamechanger for girls and sport

If ever proof of possibility was needed, it was provided by WPL 2024. Its success is a pivotal moment that will inspire a countless girls to just play.

New Delhi: Royal Challengers Bangalore players celebrate with the trophy after winning the WPL-T20 final cricket match against Delhi Captals at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, in New Delhi, Sunday, March 17, 2024. ((PTI)
Published on Mar 24, 2024 08:46 PM IST

The world has gone bonkers over the ‘disappearance’ of Kate Middleton

Speculation about the ‘missing’ future queen of England tells us a lot about our obsession with curating the perfect image. Read on…

The picture that launched a thousand conspiracies
Published on Mar 17, 2024 10:46 AM IST

Where have all the women gone? A film offers answers

In Laapataa Ladies, the brides are making their own journeys, gradually spreading their wings and discovering parts of themselves they have never known

Laapataa Ladies (Jio Studios and Kindling Pictures)
Published on Mar 15, 2024 09:56 PM IST

India, we have a rape problem. What are we doing about it?

Distressing news of the gang-rape of a tourist in Dumka, Jharkhand has led to a discussion on India’s ‘image problem’…

Representational Image(Hindustan Times )
Updated on Mar 10, 2024 02:51 PM IST

Remembering the life and work of Minnette de Silva

Minnette de Silva was born in 1918, a year before her more famous compatriot, Geoffrey Bawa—though her practice precedes him by a decade.

Minnette de Silva with Pablo Picasso and others (Source: Wiki Commons)
(Wikimedia Commons)
Published on Mar 03, 2024 07:00 AM IST

When there will be no need for a Women’s Day

What are we celebrating on March 8, International Women’s Day?

Noida, India - October 29, 2021: All women e-rickshaw drivers iniatiated by DMRC and ETO Motors at Sector 62 Electronic City metro station, in Noida, India, on Friday, October 29, 2021. (Photo by Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)
Published on Mar 02, 2024 01:03 AM IST

Globally, young women are becoming more liberal than men, but what about India?

There is evidence globally of a growing gender divide on ideological lines. In the past decade, young women are becoming more liberal. What about India?

Representational Image(Pexels)
Updated on Feb 18, 2024 09:29 AM IST

In modern India, falling in love can be a radical act

A new TV series tells us that the act of falling in love can be radical

Love Storiyaan released on February 14
Published on Feb 16, 2024 10:17 PM IST

More than gender justice, Uttarakhand’s UCC is about moral policing

A uniform legal marriageable age, 18 for women and 21 for men, now applies to all.

Dehradun: Members of Uttarakhand Numainda Group protest against the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) bill during a special session of Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly, in Dehradun, Monday, Feb. 5, 2024. (PTI)
Published on Feb 11, 2024 11:03 AM IST

Gender budget: Government spending hits highest ever in 2024

This year, the total allocation under the gender budget stands at ₹three lakh crore, which is almost 6.5% of the total expenditure.

New Delhi, Feb 1 (ANI): Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman calls on President Droupadi Murmu prior to presenting the Union Budget 2024, at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on Thursday. (ANI Photo)(President of India-X)
Updated on Feb 04, 2024 12:24 PM IST

How a law has turned the tables on interfaith couples

When the judiciary colludes with the State in denying adult citizens the right to choose their partner, you know that there can be no happily ever after here.

The eight interfaith couples had approached the Allahabad HC seeking directions for their protection. (HT Archive)
Published on Feb 02, 2024 10:10 PM IST

Women in small towns see a future in business

Mentorship and support are crucial for female entrepreneurs to succeed

Armed with degrees, many of these first-generation women learners want to do something that gives them an identity and puts their education to use (Shutterstock/ Representational image)
Published on Jan 20, 2024 03:10 AM IST

Salaam to the brave women battling biases

If we’ve seen a backsliding of gender rights, we have also seen the resistance to it

Afghan women chant slogans in protest against the closure of universities to women by the Taliban in Kabul, Afghanistan, December 22, 2022. (REUTERS )
Published on Jan 05, 2024 10:15 PM IST

The stickiness of sexual harassment

How is it that men in power continue to enjoy such impunity?

BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh with supporters after UP Wrestling Association Vice President Sanjay Singh became the new President of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), in New Delhi(PTI)
Published on Dec 22, 2023 10:14 PM IST

The ballot revolution led by women voters

The emergence of the woman voter has meant that there are new deals to be made between parties and potential voters

Telangana, Nov 30 (ANI): Women voters stand in a queue to cast their votes for the Telangana Assembly elections, on Thursday. (ANI Photo)
(CEO Telangana)
Published on Dec 08, 2023 10:15 PM IST

Nimisha’s story needs a sympathetic hearing

Nimisha Priya’s life and fate hang by a thread. But there are many who fall through the cracks, working in abysmal conditions with nobody to speak for them.

Malayali nurse Nimisha Priya
Published on Nov 24, 2023 10:54 PM IST
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