NCW Launches Online Resource Center on Cyber Safety Under ‘We Think Digital’ Programme

What is the news? National Commission for Women (NCW) has launched an online resource center under the ‘We Think Digital’programme”. The programme is run collaboratively by the NCW, Facebook, and Cyber Peace Foundation. How would the online resource center help women? -It aims to help women in distress on issues related to online safety like… Continue reading NCW Launches Online Resource Center on Cyber Safety Under ‘We Think Digital’ Programme

Are crime against women keep them out of the job market

News: India’s trend of a Female Labour participation rate (FLPR) is a puzzle for researchers. About the status of Female Labour Participation Rate? India’s FLPR is declining, and it is below the global average of 45%. FLPR has fallen from 31.2% in 2011-12 to 24.5% in 2018-19. The number of working women groups grew by a… Continue reading Are crime against women keep them out of the job market

How woman lawyers are kept out of litigation

Synopsis: While the bench is making slow yet definitive progress with regard to women’s representation, the Bar needs to do much more. Introduction Chief Justice of India raised his concern over women’s count in the judiciary. He observed that at least 50% of women should be there at all levels of the judiciary. Justice D… Continue reading How woman lawyers are kept out of litigation

Abortion allowed till 24 weeks of pregnancy in special cases

What is the News? The government of India has notified the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Rules, 2021. These rules have been notified under Section 6 of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 2021. What are the key provisions of the rules? Defines Special Categories of Women The act extended the upper limit for medical termination… Continue reading Abortion allowed till 24 weeks of pregnancy in special cases

The motherhood penalty employers must eliminate

Synopsis: Government intervention is needed to bring women equal to men. Introduction Women in India often faced a lot of discrimination owing to the patriarchy. It does not only impact her social life but takes a toll on her professional one also. What is the status of women in India? The gender gap in India has… Continue reading The motherhood penalty employers must eliminate

HC: Breastfeeding inalienable constitutional right of a mom

What is the news? A child was stolen from the maternity ward by a psychiatrist and later gave it to another couple by claiming it was their child born out of surrogacy. Police arrested the psychiatrist. Now the case went to the Karnataka High Court over the custody of the child by both the parents.… Continue reading HC: Breastfeeding inalienable constitutional right of a mom

NCW Launches Country-Wide Training & Capacity Building Program For Women In Dairy Farming

What is the News? The National Commission for Women(NCW) has launched a countrywide training and capacity building programme for women in dairy farming. What is the objective of the programme? The programme aims to empower women and help them achieve financial independence by training them in the quality enhancement of dairy products. As part of… Continue reading NCW Launches Country-Wide Training & Capacity Building Program For Women In Dairy Farming

Women’s turn: is reservation the only way to a fair deal in India? Economic growth delivers justice too

Synopsis: Instead of providing reservations to women, it is better to introduce policies that make them economically independent.  Introduction Recently, 3 women judges have been appointed as the judges of the Supreme Court, which now accounts for a total of 12% judges in the Supreme Court. With the counts still very low, even after 75 years… Continue reading Women’s turn: is reservation the only way to a fair deal in India? Economic growth delivers justice too

CJI voices support for 50% representation for women in judiciary

What is the News? Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana has backed 50% representation for women in the judiciary. Women and Judiciary Women constitute only about 30% of the subordinate judiciary. In High Courts, women judges constitute 11.5%. In the Supreme Court, we currently have four women Justices out of the sitting 33. That makes… Continue reading CJI voices support for 50% representation for women in judiciary

Process to induct women into NDA by May 2022: govt.

What is the News? The Ministry of Defence has informed the Supreme Court that it proposes to have the ‘mechanism’ to induct women cadets into the National Defence Academy (NDA) for entry into the armed forces to be ready in May 2022. What is the issue? In 2020, the Supreme court had asked the government… Continue reading Process to induct women into NDA by May 2022: govt.

Extreme weather events in India made women, children more vulnerable to modern slavery, flags report 

What is the news?  As per the report published by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and Anti-Slavery International, Climate change-induced extreme weather events put women, children and minorities at risk of modern slavery and human trafficking. Among other countries, this phenomenon is maximum in India.  The report observed what happened in the Sundarban delta. What are report’s observations… Continue reading Extreme weather events in India made women, children more vulnerable to modern slavery, flags report 

Breaking the Glass Walls: On gender equality

Synopsis: We need to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion in science. Barriers that these biases enforce for women must be knocked down at every level. Introduction Gender equality is a moral, business and an intellectual imperative. It is non-negotiable and independent of profession or affiliation or gender. Gender equality benefits both men and women. What… Continue reading Breaking the Glass Walls: On gender equality

The Issue of Marital Rapes in India – Explained, pointwise

For 7PM Editorial Archives click HERE → Introduction According to the UN Women’s 2011 report, out of 179 countries for which data was available, 52 had amended their legislation to explicitly make marital rape a criminal offense. However, India is one of the countries where marital rape is yet to be even recognized. Recently, the Kerala High Court held… Continue reading The Issue of Marital Rapes in India – Explained, pointwise

Mother of all forms: Many official documents still don’t allow mother’s name to be a standalone marker of parentage. Change this

What is the news? Madras High Court is hearing a PIL seeking revision of all official documents that recognise only the father’s name, and offer no space for the mother’s name. During the case, the Madras HC issued a notice to both central and state governments and demanded explanations. Non-compliance in previous instances In 2015,… Continue reading Mother of all forms: Many official documents still don’t allow mother’s name to be a standalone marker of parentage. Change this

Break the deadlock: Increase women’s representation

Source: This post is based on the article “Break the deadlock: Increase women’s representation” published in The Times of India on 31st August 2021. Relevance: Reservation for women in the legislature. Synopsis: Providing reservations for women in a way that makes the parliament gender equal. Context: With women performing excellently in sports, cinema & other… Continue reading Break the deadlock: Increase women’s representation

Marital Rape: An indignity to women

Source: This post is based on the article “Marital Rape: An indignity to women” published in The Hindu on 31st August 2021. Relevance: Understand the issue of Marital Rape.  Synopsis: The marital rape exception is antithetical to women’s dignity, equality and autonomy. Introduction Recently, the High Court of Chhattisgarh decided a criminal revision petition. The… Continue reading Marital Rape: An indignity to women

Union Home Minister launches nutritious ‘Laddu Distribution Scheme’ for pregnant women in his Parliamentary constituency Gandhinagar

Source: This post is based on the Article “Union Home Minister launches nutritious ‘Laddu Distribution Scheme’ for pregnant women in his Parliamentary constituency Gandhinagar” published in “PIB” on 30th August 2021. What is the News? Union Home Minister has launched a nutritious “Laddu Distribution Scheme” for pregnant women in his parliamentary constituency, Gandhinagar. What is Laddu… Continue reading Union Home Minister launches nutritious ‘Laddu Distribution Scheme’ for pregnant women in his Parliamentary constituency Gandhinagar

The broken promise of justice in rape cases

Source: This post is based on the following articles. “Rape & insensitivity” published in The Hindu on 30th August 2021 “The broken promise of justice in rape cases” published in the Indian Express on 30th August 2021 Relevance: To understand crimes against women. Synopsis: Despite stringent laws, crimes against women continue. The problems go far… Continue reading The broken promise of justice in rape cases

Women’s panel defends draft Inheritance Bill

Source: The Hindu What is the News? The draft Arunachal Pradesh Marriage and Inheritance of Property Bill, 2021 has met with strong opposition in the State. About Draft Arunachal Pradesh Marriage and Inheritance of Property Bill, 2021: The bill focuses on the provisions related to the legal status of marriage, the procedure of marriage registration,… Continue reading Women’s panel defends draft Inheritance Bill

SC allowing women to sit for NDA test is a welcome push for a substantive gender reset in the armed forces

Source: Indian Express Relevance: Understand evolving notions of gender parity Synopsis: Recent guidelines by SC to allow women candidates to appear for the NDA (National Defence Academy) exam is a welcome step in gender parity. We need to understand all of its dimensions. SC decision to allow women to sit for the NDA exam is one… Continue reading SC allowing women to sit for NDA test is a welcome push for a substantive gender reset in the armed forces

What is the incel movement?

Source: Indian Express What is the News? Experts have warned that the ‘incel’ movement is slowly becoming a threat to law and order. The movement came into the spotlight yet again in the UK’s Plymouth, where a 22-year-old man shot dead five people, including a toddler. About Incel Movement: Incels are a large online community… Continue reading What is the incel movement?

Arms and the Women

Source: The Hindu Relevance: To understand women’s entry into the army Synopsis: Gender parity in the army is happening at a slow pace and is mostly led by the courts. Introduction Recently, PM announcement to allow girls for admission in Sainik School is a welcome move that will prepare girls for equal roles & life in… Continue reading Arms and the Women

What women bring to the 21st century workplace

Source: Indian Express Relevance: To recognize qualities of women and map them according to socio-economic needs Synopsis: There is a need to see more women in positions of power, and that can only happen if they are recognized and enabled for their strengths and not for acting ‘like men’ Introduction Women comprise 48% of the population,… Continue reading What women bring to the 21st century workplace

PM launches Ujjwala 2.0 Scheme

Source: PIB What is the News? The Prime Minister of India has launched Ujjwala 2.0 (Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana – PMUY) by handing over LPG connections at Mahoba, Uttar Pradesh. About Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana(PMUY): Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana was launched by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas in 2018. Aim: To replace the… Continue reading PM launches Ujjwala 2.0 Scheme

Misinformation through Feminist Lens

Source: The Hindu Relevance: Understand misinformation against women Synopsis: The Internet has empowered society,  but also created a new threat of disinformation against women. This needs a detailed analysis as a healthy democracy should empower and protect the entire society. About the misinformation on Gender: Sexism and online harassment prevent women from taking vocal stands and… Continue reading Misinformation through Feminist Lens