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Working at the Grassroots to Prevent the Spread of Ebola

"There are mixed feelings in our communities... People who were given soap by government health workers during the nationwide lockdown refused to use the soap for fear of it being injected with the Ebola virus." Santigie Bayo Dumbuya, Founder of WYCF.

Alliance News

Lunchboxgift

What Are African Diaspora Doing About Ebola?

One Sierra Leonean in the diaspora, Memuna, was not going to let people go hungry... this has led to the birth of Lunchboxgift. We have teamed up with the diaspora led charity 'Let Them Help Themselves Out of Poverty'... This will enable us to pool resources…

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Sister Sky gives back to community

Sister Sky "Gives Back" with Abalone Woman Bracelets

By Marina Turning-Robe from Sister Sky When we launched the Abalone Woman bracelets, we knew the story of Abalone Woman would resonate with so many who are concerned with ending domestic violence. The oral stories of our heritage touch our spirit, teach us…

World News

Moscow-metro

Is Moscow's Transport Unsafe for Women? Muscovite Women Respond...

“I’ve witnessed an unpleasant incident when an elderly grandma tried to get in before the doors closed but only her arms and bag made it yet not one single man tried to help her by opening the slammed doors." - Didar (21), a veterinary science student.

The status of women in India has been subject to many great changes over the past few millennia.

From equal status with men in ancient times through the low points of the medieval period, to the promotion of equal rights by many reformers, the history of women in India has been eventful.

While women in the ‘West’ had to fight for over a century to get some of their basic rights, like the right to vote, the Constitution of India gave women equal rights with men from the beginning. Unfortunately, women in India are mostly unaware of their rights because of illiteracy and the oppressive tradition.

Names like Kalpana Chawla: The Indian born, who fought her way up into NASA and was the first women in space, and Indira Gandhi: The Iron Woman of India was the Prime Minister of the Nation, and Mother Teresa are not representative of the condition of Indian women.

Elaborate laws to protect women

India has elaborate laws to protect the rights of women, including the Prevention of Immoral Traffic, the Sati (widow burning) Act, and the Dowry Prevention Act. Women and children have figured prominently in the government's agenda of social reforms and initiatives.

Government unable to enforce laws

However the Government is often unable to enforce these laws, especially in rural areas where traditions are deeply rooted.

Dowry, Female bondage and forced prostitution are widespread in some parts of India. Many obstacles to the realization of women's human rights in India, are social and cultural in nature, deeply rooted in the traditions of its communities. In modern India, women have adorned high offices in India including that of the President, Prime minister, Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Leader of Opposition, etc. The current President of India is a woman.

The 12th President of India is Her Excellency Pratibha Devisingh Patil, the first woman[3] to serve in the office, who was sworn in on 25 July 2007.

" I am deeply committed to the cause of education and would like to see every person, man and woman, boy and girl, be touched by the light of modern education. Empowerment of women is particularly important to me as I believe this leads to the empowerment of the nation" Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, President of India