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  • From Refugee to Pharmacist, this 12-Year-Old is Building a Better Future for Herself
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    From Refugee to Pharmacist, this 12-Year-Old is Building a Better Future for Herself

    Noor Kajol likes to stay busy. The 12-year-old fills her days studying Arabic, playing games with friends, and making art. A refugee from Myanmar now living in a CARE-managed camp in Bangladesh, she left Myanmar with her family a year ago in the wave of hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing extreme violence in the country. She has two older sisters and three young... Read More

  • Women Lead the Way
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    Women Lead the Way

    The region of Maharashtra, in western India, which relies on its cotton-based agricultural economy, is fraught with several challenges, such as water stress and climate variability. Maklibai is a 35-year-old farmer living with her husband Dinesh and their three children in the village of Bandapipal, located in the Maharashtra region of India. She and her husband ha... Read More

  • Demystifying the taboo around menstruation
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    Demystifying the taboo around menstruation

    A strong woman stands up for herself, a stronger woman stands up for others. Kiran’s story from Jirapur village, Dhar district, Madhya Pradesh When CARE India commenced its intervention under the Women + Water Programme, Kiran was chosen as the mobiliser as she was active and had good interaction and acceptance in the village. She lives in a small vil... Read More

  • Menstrual hygiene starts with awareness
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    Menstrual hygiene starts with awareness

    Sima lives with her husband and two children, a five-year-old girl and a two-year-old boy, in Silfodkheda village, Dewas district, Madhya Pradesh. Her husband is a construction worker and provides for the family well. When CARE India initiated the P.A.C.E. (personal advancement and career enhancement) curriculum under the Women + Water programme in Sima’s village... Read More

  • Learning to Transform
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    Learning to Transform

    In order to create awareness about sexual harassment and violence at the workplace, we facilitated 15  group interactions across different locations in Delhi. One of the sessions I attended was at Shankar Camp in Vasant Kunj with domestic workers. I was eagerly looking forward to participating in this session and interacting with the community as it was the first tim... Read More

  • After a decade of implementation of PWDV Act in Bihar, study on domestic violence shows some mixed results
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    After a decade of implementation of PWDV Act in Bihar, study on domestic violence shows some mixed results

    After 10 years of enforcement of a milestone law to protect women from domestic violence ‘The Protection of Women Against Domestic Violence Act’ (PWDVA), nothing much has changed for vast number 0f women in the country. During one of my visit to Patna, I heard Shazina saying “today if I am living a life with dignity it is just because of PWDVA Read More

  • Engaging Men and Boys for Gender Equality
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    Engaging Men and Boys for Gender Equality

    India has sex ratio of 940 females per 100 males (census 2011)1; Literacy rates of 68.4% women, 85.6 % men (NFHS 4); globally, about 800 women die every day of preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth; 20 per cent of these women are from India. As per ILO, women formed 60 per cent of the lowest paid wage labor, but only 15 per cent of the ... Read More

  • Things every child should be taught about gender, for an equitable society
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    Things every child should be taught about gender, for an equitable society

    CARE India has been, for the last several decades, working to empower women and girls from the most marginalized communities across India, enabling them to live secure and resilient lives in dignity. The organisation aims to work with 50 million women and girls as part of its primary goal, to help them meet their health, education, and livelihood entitlements. ... Read More

  • Small Tribal Tea Farms- A multifaceted development
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    Small Tribal Tea Farms- A multifaceted development

    Recently many of us witnessed the vociferous fights against illegal mining, by tribal women across the country, in an effort to protect their rights from being usurped by undesirable commercial activities, and also, to preserve the natural ecosystem. On my part, I have always been amazed by the tribal world, which is resplendent with traditional wisdom and indige... Read More

  • Desolation to Dignity: A new lease of life
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    Desolation to Dignity: A new lease of life

    On entering a cluttered but surprisingly spacious room, or what they call a house, in a garbage-filled lane in Kalwa(Mumbai), we were welcomed with a few smiling faces. Undoubtedly, they were expecting us, and their effusive welcome was heartening. Among the girls standing there I could see Kavita smiling (name changed) behind the flimsy curtain of a plastic sack ac... Read More

  • Women Migrants as Economic Actors
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    Women Migrants as Economic Actors

    Putul says, “I am 34 years old. My husband is a farmer, and we have two sons and one daughter. In 2009 as we were struggling financially, I decided to come to India. My brother-in-law helped me cross the border, without facing any challenges. And, then I reached Mumbai. I struggled a lot in the first year as I was unable to find a decent job. In due course, I ... Read More

  • Reminiscence
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    Reminiscence

    With aspiration running high, I walked past the car parked in the portico of CARE Bihar’s office in Ranchi, on a cold morning of January in 1998. It was my first day of work in one of largest relief and development organisation of the world. As soon as I entered the reception area, I saw a huge black and white photograph hanging on the wall. It showed the dist... Read More

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