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    “I will not get angry”: What new age spiritual practices in urban India are teaching women

“I will not get angry”: What new age spiritual practices in urban India are teaching women

Reiki, an offshoot of the international movement of ‘new’ age spiritual practices, has become increasingly popular with certain women in Delhi. Ujithra Ponniah (Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Hyderabad) argues that its rise symbolises the needs of some women who struggle to deal with the problems of well-being in the family, divorce, problems with mothers-in-law, and material success. But […]

January 14th, 2019|Gender, Religion|0 Comments|

A legal failing: Why child marriage persists in India

While it is illegal for a girl to be married before the age of 18 around 27 percent of girls in India are married before their eighteenth birthday. Ananye Krishna argues why a legal change, currently held up in Parliament, is only part of the answer to bringing this number down and ensuring girls in India are able to […]

January 10th, 2019|Featured, Gender|0 Comments|
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    Apps and the gender gap: Why ‘mobile money’ leaves poor women behind

Apps and the gender gap: Why ‘mobile money’ leaves poor women behind

Despite the advent of digital solutions designed to promote greater financial access, large numbers of women in Bangladesh remain without access to financial services. Anjali Sarker (Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity at the International Inequalities Institute, LSE) explains why solving longstanding problems of financial exclusion in a country with one of the highest gender gaps in financial access will […]

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    “All we want to do is fit in. To be accepted. To be part of the group”: Discussing LGBTQ rights in Bangladesh

“All we want to do is fit in. To be accepted. To be part of the group”: Discussing LGBTQ rights in Bangladesh

Following the LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit, a representative from a queer collective in Bangladesh spoke to Rebecca Bowers on the current status of LGBTQ rights in the country.

RB: Can you share with us the journey that led you to becoming a gay rights activist?

I grew up in the port city of Chittagong, Bangladesh but since my graduation I have […]

July 24th, 2018|Featured, Gender, Human Rights, Interviews|Comments Off on “All we want to do is fit in. To be accepted. To be part of the group”: Discussing LGBTQ rights in Bangladesh|
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    “The mixture of Islam as a state religion adjoining secularism is not healthy.” – Sara Hossain 

“The mixture of Islam as a state religion adjoining secularism is not healthy.” – Sara Hossain 

On the sidelines of the LSE-Berkeley Bangladesh Summit held at LSE in June 2018, Mahima A. Jain interviewed to Bangladeshi lawyer Sara Hossain, who was a panellist discussing “Civil Society and the State”.

In this interview, Sara Hossain discusses the problems that Bangladesh faces in an attempt to balance secularism with Islam highlighting the validity and space that the government gives to views of extremist groups. “What […]

July 6th, 2018|Cities and Urban Studies, Corruption, Development, Featured, Gender, Interviews, Law, Politics, Religion, Sustainable Development Goals|Comments Off on “The mixture of Islam as a state religion adjoining secularism is not healthy.” – Sara Hossain |
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    Sundari Anitha and Ruth Pearson on “Striking Women: Struggles and Strategies of South Asian Women Workers from Grunwick to Gate Gourmet” (Part 2)

Sundari Anitha and Ruth Pearson on “Striking Women: Struggles and Strategies of South Asian Women Workers from Grunwick to Gate Gourmet” (Part 2)

In Part 2 of this feature essay, Sundari Anitha and Ruth Pearson introduce their new book, Striking Women: Struggles and Strategies of South Asian Women Workers from Grunwick to Gate Gourmet, which focuses on two industrial disputes in the UK: the famous Grunwick strike (1976-78) and the Gate Gourmet dispute of 2005. The book gives a voice to the women involved in the strikes and explores […]

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    Introducing “Striking Women: Struggles and Strategies of South Asian Women Workers from Grunwick to Gate Gourmet” (Part 1)

Introducing “Striking Women: Struggles and Strategies of South Asian Women Workers from Grunwick to Gate Gourmet” (Part 1)

In Part 1 of this feature essay, Sundari Anitha and Ruth Pearson introduce their new book, Striking Women: Struggles and Strategies of South Asian Women Workers from Grunwick to Gate Gourmet, which focuses on two industrial disputes in the UK: the famous Grunwick strike (1976-78) and the Gate Gourmet dispute of 2005. The book gives a voice to the women involved in the strikes and explores […]

June 14th, 2018|Book Reviews, Featured, Gender, Politics|Comments Off on Introducing “Striking Women: Struggles and Strategies of South Asian Women Workers from Grunwick to Gate Gourmet” (Part 1)|
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    Commemorating the first LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit: Bangladesh article special

Commemorating the first LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit: Bangladesh article special

As we look back on the first LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh summit, we select our top articles relating to the summit panels on minority and gender rights, civil society and the ‘idea of Bangladesh’, including two from LSE speakers, Professors Naila Kabeer and David Lewis. Covering a plethora of issues ranging from technology to the Rohingya refugee crisis, we hope you enjoy these articles […]

June 4th, 2018|Corruption, Environment, Featured, Gender, Human Rights, Interviews, LSE, Society and Culture, Technology|Comments Off on Commemorating the first LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit: Bangladesh article special|
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    Crossing the bridge: India’s graduates pass the education system, yet fail in job-readiness

Crossing the bridge: India’s graduates pass the education system, yet fail in job-readiness

In India, 35 million high school students vie for 25,000 seats in 51 national institutions. Saloni Khandelwal writes about the “outcome focussed learning” ecosystem in India where students are prepared by private tutors to crack competitive examinations.
India is a country where 35 million of 141 million young people between the ages 18 and 23 are enrolled in higher education according […]

June 1st, 2018|Education, Featured, Gender, Sustainable Development Goals|Comments Off on Crossing the bridge: India’s graduates pass the education system, yet fail in job-readiness|
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    Announcing the first LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit 2018 in London

Announcing the first LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit 2018 in London

The South Asia Centre (LSE) and the Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies (UC Berkeley) will be co-hosting the first-ever LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit at Sheikh Zayed Theatre, LSE on June 5, 2018. The Summit celebrates the resilience of a nation  confronted with an array of challenges.

In recent months, Bangladesh has frequently made headlines for its substantial […]

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