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    Reflections on researching women’s economic empowerment in post-earthquake Kathmandu

Reflections on researching women’s economic empowerment in post-earthquake Kathmandu

The earthquake and aftershocks that hit Nepal in April-May 2015 had a devastating impact on the Kathmandu Valley. National and international donors responded with both cash and material assistance, but there has been relatively little research into aid effectiveness. Here Srijana Nepal, Neha Uprety and Apekshya Prasai discuss their recent fieldwork exploring the gendered outcomes of cash transfers and the challenges […]

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    “Despite the prevalence of child abandonment in Pakistan there are no formal structures for adoption in place” – Tahera Hasan

“Despite the prevalence of child abandonment in Pakistan there are no formal structures for adoption in place” – Tahera Hasan

At Pakistan @ 70: LSE Pakistan Summit 2017 Tahera Hasan spoke on the Philanthropy and Institution-Building panel in her capacity as Director of Imkaan Welfare Organisation. After the session Sonali Campion caught up with her to discuss Imkaan’s work and the problem of child abandonment in more detail.
Tell me about Imkaan Welfare Organisation – why was it established and […]

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    Beyond Tayyaba: Tackling rural poverty to reduce child labour

Beyond Tayyaba: Tackling rural poverty to reduce child labour

Following headlines about the abuse of a domestic worker in a judge’s house in December 2016, Abdur Rehman Cheema and Sultana Ali analyse the wider problem of child labour in Pakistan. Drawing on their research in rural Sindh, they write that poverty is the primary reason that parents keep their children away from school, and outline the community-driven approaches […]

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    Women’s economic opportunities: What can South Asian countries learn from each other?

Women’s economic opportunities: What can South Asian countries learn from each other?

There are multiple benefits associated with female labour force participation and increasing women’s involvement in the workforce is therefore viewed as desirable across South Asia. Here Charity Troyer Moore and Vestal McIntyre discuss the variations in participation across the region, and introduce the challenges and opportunities that women face as their work choices expand.

When women make their own money […]

April 27th, 2017|Economy, Featured, Gender|1 Comment|
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    Book Review: Fashioning Diaspora: Beauty, Femininity and South Asian American Culture by Vanita Reddy

Book Review: Fashioning Diaspora: Beauty, Femininity and South Asian American Culture by Vanita Reddy

In Fashioning Diaspora: Beauty, Femininity and South Asian American Culture, Vanita Reddy examines how beauty is a mobilising and socialising force implicated in the shaping of South Asian American identities, focusing on a range of cultural and literary texts drawn from the 1990s to the present. In showing beauty to be an active force in constructions of the social, […]

April 21st, 2017|Book Reviews, Featured, Gender, Society and Culture|Comments Off on Book Review: Fashioning Diaspora: Beauty, Femininity and South Asian American Culture by Vanita Reddy|
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    What does it take for a woman in rural Bangladesh to break out of poverty?

What does it take for a woman in rural Bangladesh to break out of poverty?

Lower female labour force participation is common across the South Asia and MENA regions but analysis of this issue often misses important factors. Here, Naila Kabeer and Lopita Huq draw on the case study of Hafiza Begum to highlight that women’s unpaid productive work often slips under the radar, and that recognition of this could help to advance the women’s empowerment agenda.

How does a […]

April 18th, 2017|Development, Economy, Featured, Gender, LSE|Comments Off on What does it take for a woman in rural Bangladesh to break out of poverty?|
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    “Not A Bug Splat turned the tables on who was watching whom. The pressure brought about real change in drone policy” – Ali Rez

“Not A Bug Splat turned the tables on who was watching whom. The pressure brought about real change in drone policy” – Ali Rez

In February Ali Rez and Assam Khalid spoke at the South Asia Centre on the topic of art and marketing as a protest device in Pakistan. Before the event they were in conversation with Hasna Syed and Sonali Campion about their social impact projects, advertising in Pakistan and the need for brands to be authentic in their communications.

HS: How […]

April 6th, 2017|Featured, Gender, Interviews, Media, Society and Culture, Technology|Comments Off on “Not A Bug Splat turned the tables on who was watching whom. The pressure brought about real change in drone policy” – Ali Rez|
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    Supporting motherhood – or discouraging parenthood? A curious case of the extended maternity leave in India

Supporting motherhood – or discouraging parenthood? A curious case of the extended maternity leave in India

The Government of India’s recent move to increase maternity leave may have been a well-intentioned policy, but it has created a gap between costs to a company for male and female employees and reinforced traditional gender roles in childcare. Mitali Nikore analyses the weakness of the policy decision and makes recommendations on how it can be improved.

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Where is the $2 billion for Indian mothers?

Indian mothers are all too frequently underweight during their pregnancies and unable to produce sufficient breastmilk when their babies are born, perpetuating malnutrition among their children. Swati Narayan writes that although there are provisions in place to address some of these issues, these have not been effectively implemented. What is more, the most recent budget threatens to restrict the […]

March 13th, 2017|Development, Economy, Featured, Gender, Health, LSE|Comments Off on Where is the $2 billion for Indian mothers?|
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    “Lipstick Under My Burkha tells stories that have simmered under the surface for a very long time. They need their space.” – Ratna Pathak Shah

“Lipstick Under My Burkha tells stories that have simmered under the surface for a very long time. They need their space.” – Ratna Pathak Shah

Following the CBFC decision to ban Alankrita Shrivastava’s new film Lipstick Under My Burkha, Ruhi Khan speaks to lead actress Ratna Pathak Shah about the treatment of her latest work, women’s issues in India and the role of the creative industries in holding a mirror to society.

Bollywood veteran actor Ratna Pathak Shah is astounded that the Indian Central Board of […]

March 4th, 2017|Featured, Gender, Interviews, LSE, Society and Culture|Comments Off on “Lipstick Under My Burkha tells stories that have simmered under the surface for a very long time. They need their space.” – Ratna Pathak Shah|

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