gender and leadership
22 ARTICLES
WOMEN AND THE STATE
The women whose voices we seek to stifle, but can’t

High rhetoric and token gestures abound on International Women’s Day. Yet, a brave woman of the soil was threatened, attacked and prevented from holding a rally that would have voiced the real issues faced by many women. Freny Manecksha met Soni Sori days before she was attacked, and recounts her story.

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WOMEN IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Empowering rural women: Moving beyond 50 percent

The imminent Panchayat elections in Karnataka will see 50 percent reservation for women at all tiers, but how can one ensure real authority for them? Proposed amendments to the Panchayat Raj Act may hold some answers.

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WOMEN SARPANCHS
Competing effectively in MP panchayats

Panchayats of Madhya Pradesh provide reservation of up to 50 per cent for women, but the participation of women in governance has gone beyond such new roles.

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RAJASTHAN'S WOMEN SARPANCHES
Discarding veils, embracing change
RAJASTHAN'S WOMEN SARPANCHES : Discarding veils, embracing change

Displaying extraordinary grit, courage and openness to change, women from some of the most feudal communities in Rajasthan's villages are changing the rules forever and leading development and local governance at the grassroots. Abha Sharma brings us their tales.

#Panchayats #Women #RAJASTHAN
WOMEN AND AUTHORITY
Power dressing
WOMEN AND AUTHORITY : Power dressing
Commenting on the dress sense and looks of women in power is only one aspect of the tendency to run down their success. And women are expected to laugh this off, writes Kalpana Sharma.
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WOMEN IN POLITICS
A law with flaws
WOMEN IN POLITICS : A law with flaws

If the government fails to take on board some of the constructive suggestions made on the draft Women's Reservation Bill, it might not serve the purpose for which it has been conceived, writes Kalpana Sharma.

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WOMEN IN POLITICS
Many more Mayawatis
WOMEN IN POLITICS : Many more Mayawatis

They cannot compete with Mayawati, or Jayalalitha or Sonia Gandhi. But the new breed of women politicians springing up in India's small towns will become a political force to reckon with in the years to come, writes Kalpana Sharma.

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OPINION
Moving beyond symbols

The question before us women is whether Pratibha Patil's imminent election as President has any meaning for us, whether it will make any difference to women in India, and whether we should welcome such a symbolic gesture on the part of the ruling alliance, writes Kalpana Sharma.

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WOMEN SARPANCHS
Thwarting women in power
WOMEN SARPANCHS : Thwarting women in power

Thousands of women in Madhya Pradesh were elected in the last panchayat elections; since then, the story has taken a dismal turn. More than 1,300 women sarpanchs face false charges of corruption. About 50 have been removed from office through forced no-confidence motions. They have been threatened and humiliated. Shuriah Niazi reports.

#Panchayats #Government #MADHYA PRADESH
Learning to be leaders
Meena Bai Mehra, 45, is a bangle-seller and also a first time village council member. She, along with 34 other elected women were recently the first batch of students at a leadership academy in Amarwara, Madhya Pradesh. The journey for these women from voicelessness to confidence is a tough but chartable one, finds Madhu Gurung.
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The silent revolution

Despite the severe social and political constraints in our country, the last 10 years have witnessed steady progress in women's political empowerment in India. George Mathew takes stock.

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A few good women

Women who have led some of India's best-known people's movements are angry at being sidelined when the struggle ends. Manipadma Jena reports.

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