For the first time in recent history, Gurugram's sex ratio has crossed the 900 mark. This is a major success for the Women and Child Welfare Ministry of Haryana and all the workers who have contributed to improving the state of affairs in the district. Read more here.
This article in The Hindu has an interesting discussion of women, marriage, and gender roles in Indian society. It emphasizes the need for further conversation to establish true equality in society; while many may perceive the status quo as free and equal, we have a long way to go to establish this ideal state of affairs.
This opinion piece states that while congratulations are being given to Manushi Chhillar on the Miss World crown, the Indian society is proceeding down an unfortunate path of cutthroat beauty standards and objectification of women.
The government recently launched a scheme, "Pradhan Mantri Mahila Shakti Kendras", to help women seeking employment opportunities. In addition, it approved measures to exponentially expand the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao program. Read more here.
The Raigarh district in Chhattisgarh, as part of the BBBP program, has innovated a unique method of addressing the female infanticide problem. Read more about their greeting card idea here.
A powerfully-worded and logically sound opinion piece advocates for equality and against outdated traditions on the occasion of Diwali.
The Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Awareness Week just passed by, with the aim of raising awareness about the situation of girls in India. This article provides a nice summary of the history of female infanticide and the imbalance of education in the country.
3 Tamil Nadu districts that had a proven connection to female infanticide in the 1980s and 1990s suffer from a significantly lower voter representation rate of women than the state average. This could lead to a lack of the female voice in legislative decisions. Read more here.
The powerful Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao initiative started by Prime Minister Modi has led to noticeable improvements in the sex ratio at birth in 104 out of the 161 districts that are part of the program. Read more here.
In order to spread the message against female infanticide with a pop-culture image, eBay India has teamed up with the band Sanam to discourage gender determination.
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