All you need to know about India’s inclusion of cervical cancer vaccine in the Universal Immunization Programme

By Team TA India has the highest number of cervical cancer cases according to a study published in The Lancet, followed by China. The central government has taken the initiative to introduce the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in the Universal Immunisation Programme for young girls in schools. Here is all you need to know: 1. A study published in The Lancet showed that India accounts for … Continue reading All you need to know about India’s inclusion of cervical cancer vaccine in the Universal Immunization Programme

COP 27: Mothers come forward to protect children’s right to clean air and healthy environment

A delegation of mothers from Our Kids’ Climate and Parents For Future Global – two networks uniting parents to act on climate – are attending COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh to urge world leaders to put children’s health, rights and futures at the heart of climate discussions and negotiations. The delegation of accomplished grassroots activists from Botswana, Brazil, Ghana, India, South Africa and the UK … Continue reading COP 27: Mothers come forward to protect children’s right to clean air and healthy environment

Workplace harassment: Inclusivity and transparency is missing from complaint committees

By: Anushka Pardikar, Anubhav Kumar and Rishabh Shrivastava In Part I of the Prevention of Sexual Harassment at Workplace series, we examined the status of compliance with the various provisions of the PoSH Act, 2013. We looked specifically at the extent of sensitisation and awareness programmes conducted by major government organisations in the country.  In this part, we analyse the composition of the Internal Complaints … Continue reading Workplace harassment: Inclusivity and transparency is missing from complaint committees

Workplace harassment: Sensitization on PoSH act isn’t a priority for government institutes, shows RTI reply

By Anushka Pardikar Workplaces in India continue to be biased, misogynistic and unsafe for women. After the pandemic introduced work from home model, the issues of harassment and bullying have become furthermore complicated. The organizations and experts working on issues of safety at workplaces have reported an increase in the number of harassment incidents that women employees continue to face. All of this is despite … Continue reading Workplace harassment: Sensitization on PoSH act isn’t a priority for government institutes, shows RTI reply

Johnny Depp, Amber Heard and the dystopian social media carnival

By Mehak Bajpai The verdict is in. A US jury on Wednesday ruled that Johnny Depp was defamed by Amber Heard through her op-ed in the Washington Post titled “I spoke up against sexual violence, and faced our culture’s wrath.” Depp had also alleged that the op-ed made him lose significant movie roles and be ostracised in Hollywood. He claimed that his children and other … Continue reading Johnny Depp, Amber Heard and the dystopian social media carnival

Making online spaces safe for women

NCRB data shows that every 6th cybercrime in India is committed through social media. Online harassment has become a common occurrence on social media and women often find themselves on the receiving end. The time is to make online spaces safe for women and #BreakTheBias. The issue of online violence against women needs a systemic inquiry. Studies & data exist in bits & pieces giving … Continue reading Making online spaces safe for women

Women’s safety and reproductive health must be the top priority for the UP government

By Rishabh Shrivastava Gender based violence (GBV) has been a long-standing challenge for Indian society. The recently released NFHS-5 reveals that 3 in every 10 women have faced GBV. Along with being a major law and order issue, GBV remains a giant barrier in realizing the health rights of women and girls in the country. It continues to deprive women and girls of bodily autonomy and … Continue reading Women’s safety and reproductive health must be the top priority for the UP government

Explained: Maharashtra’s Shakti Bill

By Rishabh Shrivastava What is Shakti Bill? Maharashtra Government tabled two bills on 14th December 2020 in the state assembly: Maharashtra Shakti Criminal Law (Maharashtra Amendment) Act, 2020 (also known as Shakti Bill) and the Special Court and Machinery for Implementation of Maharashtra Shakti Criminal Law, 2020. The former is making the headlines as it contains various provisions that are controversial in nature and needs in-depth … Continue reading Explained: Maharashtra’s Shakti Bill

Women judges in the Supreme Court of India

J. Fathima Beevi broke the glass ceiling and became the 1st woman judge of the Supreme Court in 1989. She later went on to become the Governor of Tamil Nadu. Her appointment paved the way for other women to pursue a career in a male-dominated judiciary. J. Sujata Manohar was the 1st woman Chief Justice of Bombay High Court who went on the become the … Continue reading Women judges in the Supreme Court of India

Women Representation in High Courts

11 women in the list of 68 recommend for the elevation as Judges for the various High Courts. These 11 recommendations have been made for J&K, Calcutta, Gauhati, Madras and Kerala High Court. The other 7 HCs do not find any woman’s names. #gender #HighCourts #judge Names of women recommended for the judgeship No woman name in the list of 13 names recommended to be … Continue reading Women Representation in High Courts

Population control bill: A coercive action on fundamental rights

By Anubhav Kumar Economic development of a country and its population have a controversial relationship with each other, viewed differently by various economists. While some fear the growth may affect negatively, others consider it as a potential workforce. The Malthusian ‘fears’ of overpopulation, sans any scientific evidence, historically have been the major force leading governments to take coercive action such as adoption of ‘one child … Continue reading Population control bill: A coercive action on fundamental rights

Comment: Combating Patriarchy

By Shreya Maheshwari In India, the discussion on women, their rights and welfare is episodic. It takes place only when an incident or a special event takes place. Don’t you agree? Take the case of pandemic. Cases of  domestic violence witnessed a sharp surge along with COVID cases, yet it took some time for us to discuss this issue and take stock of the problem. … Continue reading Comment: Combating Patriarchy

Part IV – Understanding Domestic Violence: Jurisdiction and Maintenance

By Bhawna Gandhi In the last three parts (Read Part I here, Part II here and Part III here) of our  Domestic Violence Laws Simplified Series, the author explained the functioning  of domestic violence laws in India and discussed the various types of reliefs that the victim (woman) is entitled to under the law. In this last and final part, the author shall discuss the … Continue reading Part IV – Understanding Domestic Violence: Jurisdiction and Maintenance