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    Nepal’s house of cards: are women included or co-opted in politics? 

Nepal’s house of cards: are women included or co-opted in politics? 

The recently concluded local elections in Nepal resulted in 40.9 per cent of female representation at the local level. Sangita Thebe Limbu writes about the power dynamics, lived experiences of women, gender quotas and women’s political engagement.

The 2017 local elections in Nepal have been hailed as a historic moment for gender equality and political inclusion with 40 per cent of female representation achieved at the local governance level. The principle of proportional inclusion of women enshrined in the […]

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    Under the radar: explaining participation of ethnic minority women in London’s informal economy

Under the radar: explaining participation of ethnic minority women in London’s informal economy

Many immigrant women from ethnic minorities participate in informal work because of a range of formal institutional barriers to formal employment. Anam Bashir shines a light on the reality of the labour market for immigrant women in London.

As a Pakistani student pursuing a graduate degree in London, I was intrigued to explore why Pakistani and Bangladeshi women record the highest […]

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    The revised Afghanistan criminal code: an end for Bacha Bazi?

The revised Afghanistan criminal code: an end for Bacha Bazi?

The war in Afghanistan has led to  a resurgence in the practice of bacha bazi, or ‘boy play’ in Afghanistan. Sayed Jalal Shajjan discusses the inefficacy of allied and local forces in stamping out this abusive practice, as well as their complicity in its existence today. 

Since the fall of Taliban regime in 2001, the international community supported the Afghan Government in […]

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    What does Nepal’s recent elections reveal about patriarchy in politics?

What does Nepal’s recent elections reveal about patriarchy in politics?

As Nepal successfully conducted historic local and parliamentary elections in 2017, considered as the end to the decade-long transition period, there are high hopes of improved democratic governance in the new, decentralised federal set up. Sudeep Uprety notes that it is a matter of serious concern for women as only a small number of female candidates won the direct elections.

Nepal ranked […]

January 17th, 2018|Development, Featured, Gender, Politics|Comments Off on What does Nepal’s recent elections reveal about patriarchy in politics?|

Child malnutrition in India: Using data more effectively

In the light of the newly announced National Nutrition Strategy, released by NITI Aayog in September 2017, it is important to note that tackling child malnutrition requires enlightened leadership at the Central and state levels, with a dedicated resolve to reduce the incidence of child malnutrition and greater commitment to develop systems for regular collection, monitoring and use of data on child […]

January 12th, 2018|Development, Economy, Featured, Gender, Health, Rural Areas, Sustainable Development Goals, Urban India|Comments Off on Child malnutrition in India: Using data more effectively|

Safer cities and sustainable urbanism: a focus on gender

Only better urban planning will ultimately help to build a safe city. With figures indicating that reported crimes against women are at an all time high, there is also an urgent need to evaluate and understand how we may restructure a city to benefit women. Minakshi Das explores some potential solutions for urban planning. 

Women and urban design 

The Ministry of Home […]

December 21st, 2017|Cities and Urban Studies, Featured, Gender, Urban India|Comments Off on Safer cities and sustainable urbanism: a focus on gender|

2017 in review: Top articles on gender issues in South Asia

The last few months of 2017 have put women’s issues into the spotlight. What began with the Harvey Weinstein’s expose, has become a mass movement as more women speak out against gender-based violence. The flood gates have opened, and #MeToo has pervaded our social media feeds. There are a host of other issues that affect women, and here we look […]

December 18th, 2017|Featured, Gender|Comments Off on 2017 in review: Top articles on gender issues in South Asia|

Pakistan’s missing women

Pakistan’s census findings need to be better understood to enable adequate policy responses to the “missing women” problem. The inverse sex ratio is both endemic and cyclical, mostly perpetuated by patriarchal mindsets manifesting in widespread gender-based inequalities and violence writes Hina Shaikh.

The headline of Pakistan’s 2017 population census is that population growth has happened at a much faster rate than expected. […]

December 15th, 2017|Development, Featured, Gender, Rural Areas, Sustainable Development Goals, Urban India|Comments Off on Pakistan’s missing women|

Declining female labour participation in India

The declining female labour force participation rate (FLFPR) in India is raising concerns. Why are women in India not working? What is pulling women back from the labour market? Jagriti Tanwar and Kalaiyarasan A investigate.

Declining female labour force participation rate (FLFPR) in India has raised wider concerns. Although India is an emerging economy and the second most populous country in the […]

December 11th, 2017|Economy, Featured, Gender|1 Comment|
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    If women are to be meaningfully included in Afghanistan’s security sector, reform is needed

If women are to be meaningfully included in Afghanistan’s security sector, reform is needed

Wazhma Frogh, founder of the Women and Peace Studies Organisation-Afghanistan, discusses women’s many roles throughout Afghanistan’s recent history and the current barriers to their participation in the security sector.

Afghan women have been engaged in ‘women, peace and security’ since long before UN Security Council Resolution 1325 was introduced. The country’s contemporary history over the past 50 years is of […]

December 8th, 2017|Featured, Gender, Politics, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on If women are to be meaningfully included in Afghanistan’s security sector, reform is needed|

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