Bio-medical waste management in India Challenges and measures for better management

India has a comprehensive guideline on Bio-Medical Waste (BMW) management, which has evolved over the years, culminating in the Bio-Medical Waste Rules 2016. There have been few amendments to the rules, specifically during the Covid. Despite the guidelines, BMW management still poses some challenges. There are specific challenges at two levels. One is the non-adherence […]

Teachers as Agents of social change: Lessons from a Teacher-led Gender Sensitization Program

When you hear the word teacher, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Well, my mind immediately conjures up images of saree-clad women brandishing a wooden ruler in a frightful manner, subject-specific classroom instructions, experiments, examinations and results, and of course, memories of some of the teachers who have helped me beyond […]

Gender Equality in Modern Times: Are We Doing Enough?

Why Gender Equality? Gender equality is defined as a concept where both the genders have equal opportunities, rights, and conditions to realize their full potential and contribute to their personal development and societal well-being. Achieving gender equality has now become a global priority since it was first incepted in the 1900s. It is primarily linked […]

Imagining Data Gathering in the post pandemic World

Data has been the catchword across different industries over the last two decades. “Data is the new oil” is a phrase apparently coined by British Mathematician and Data Scientist, Clive Humby and backed up by different global publications. And it is true, raw data may not seem much on its own but once synthesized it provides crucial insights […]

Challenges and Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities (PwDs): COVID-19 – A Game Changer

In India, 2.21% of the population is affected by some form of disability. The World Bank, however, pegs this figure to be anywhere between 5%-15%. Of those who are disabled, nearly 50% are young (20-59 years), with disability in movement being the predominant form of disability. Conventionally, disabilities that are more perceptible, such as visual […]

Understanding perceptions on girls’ education in Rajasthan, in the context of COVID-19

With a vaccine in motion to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, the nation gears up to overcome the developmental challenges posed by the pandemic and lockdown; quick studies are already providing the Government the starting mark. Since March 2020 decades of hard work in improving education outcomes have faced the most serious challenge as schools shut […]

Understanding perceptions on girls’ education in Rajasthan, in the context of COVID-19 – study report and policy brief, December 2020

Over the last two decades, India and the state of Rajasthan have made strong progress in achieving high enrolment in primary education (ASER 2018). This has enabled greater number of girls to access education. However, despite the progress in primary education, there remain several challenges that affect girls’ secondary education.  The report and policy brief […]

Convergence – critical to the effective functioning of Child Protection systems in India

The Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) in India, launched in 2009, under the stewardship of the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD), seeks to enable ‘child protection,’ by: Preventing – child labour and trafficking, through identification and support to vulnerable families Promoting family-based care; and ensuring quality care and support in Government institutions Enabling […]

Ensuring quality in a quality audit Assessing quality in program scale-up – our experience from an eastern state in India

While scaling up has always been desired, it has posed challenges. There have been frameworks and guides on scaling up, such as the MSI framework [1] and tools and techniques for practitioners. In India, too, there has been a focus on scaling up, and “implementation pathways [2]”  have been suggested. Nonetheless, scaling up poses challenges.  A key challenge […]

Documentation of a comprehensive model addressing sexual violence against women and children

Gender based violence stems from deep rooted caste dynamics and power structures. In Madhya Pradesh, a civil society organization has been working since the year 2000 to address the issues of sexual violence against children and women in vulnerable communities. The interventions aim to increase the reporting of cases of sexual violence against children and […]

Menstrual hygiene management in India: Still a long way to go

The Oscars have brought global attention to menstruation once again, emphasising how deeply entrenched social norms about menstruation restrict girls’ freedom and affect their health. One solution offered was sanitary pads. Lauding sanitary pads as the solution to menstrual health and hygiene is not new. The film Pad Man played a pivotal role in spurring conversations around […]

The Daughter Disadvantage – Is Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Changing mindsets at all?

Data from the Civil Registration System (CRS), appears to indicate that there is a substantial decline in the sex ratio at birth. The ratio has fallen from 898 in 2013 to 887 in 2014; see http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/Sex-ratio-at-birth-on-the-decline/article16728001.ece. The decline has been sharp since 2011 when the figure was 909[1]. The states of Manipur, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu […]


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