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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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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

Dealing with deepfakes: Regulation & education

Morphing faces onto naked bodies is not new. Difference between then and now is the tech—faster, easier, cheaper and nearly impossible to tell fake from real

Women and girls who are already grappling with a gender digital divide where men are twice as likely as women to have used the internet. (Freepik)
Published on Nov 10, 2023 10:50 PM IST

Malevolent shadow of misogyny spares none

This culture of misogyny is all pervasive and knows no boundaries, sometimes even amongst judges.

Middle-class morality cannot be ignored in a country like India. Adolescent girls must control their sexual urges and not get swayed for “two minutes of pleasure”.(HT file)
Published on Oct 27, 2023 10:40 PM IST

Why we must cheer the Nobel for Goldin

Claudia Goldin's research on women's labor force participation challenges traditional economic assumptions

Economic historian Claudia Goldin, a Harvard professor who won the 2023 Nobel economics prize for her work examining wage inequality between men and women, speaks at a news conference at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., October 9, 2023. REUTERS/Reba Saldanha (REUTERS)
Published on Oct 13, 2023 10:27 PM IST

Scripting our own change

Women in India continue to be underrepresented in political and public spaces and the credit for the women’s reservation Bill goes solely to women

Lucknow: Women celebrate after the introduction of the Women's Reservation Bill, in Lucknow on Tuesday. (PTI)
Published on Sep 30, 2023 12:43 AM IST

Back to school, and a new beginning

Pratham's Second Chance project helps women and girls who dropped out of school pass their board exams, offering them a new beginning

Enrolment rates of 96% tell of modern India’s success in getting kids into schools. The challenge now is getting them to stay. (For Representation)
Published on Sep 15, 2023 10:04 PM IST

Women drivers can steer cities to safety

Having more women drivers on the road instils confidence amongst women, creates role models, normalises women's access to public spaces and transforms lives

Seeing more women in the bus, as passengers and drivers, normalizes the idea that women have a right to and belong to public spaces (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 01, 2023 11:11 PM IST

Not just words, gendered attitudes need to change

The problem isn’t just words. It’s the mindset and thinking behind them

While the 31-page handbook is a first step that seeks to end prejudiced language and to legitimise feminist principles of equality guided by no less a person than the chief justice, it cannot be the end goal.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Aug 18, 2023 10:02 PM IST

Keep politics out of the fight for women’s safety

The Supreme Court's intervention and comments are seen as a positive step, but more needs to be done to address the malaise of sexual violence.

Members of tribal community hold placards and gestures during protest over violence against women and for peace in the ongoing ethnic violence in Manipur, in New Delhi on August 3.(AFP)
Published on Aug 04, 2023 09:50 PM IST

Women bear the brunt of civil strife. Stop this

Despite the viral video, it is unclear whether justice will be served, as police complicity and a lack of protection for women are serious concerns.

Students taking out candle march against Manipur violence at the campus of Chanakya National Law University (CNLU) in Patna. (Photo by Santosh Kumar / Hindustan Times)
Published on Jul 21, 2023 10:49 PM IST
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