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    Looking beyond Padman: A need to empower girls during menstruation and puberty

Looking beyond Padman: A need to empower girls during menstruation and puberty

Ernestina Coast, Joe Strong and Samantha Lattof explain how weak evidence is prolonging the economic burden, shame, and gendered experience of menstruation in low- and middle-income countries by using India as an example.

“America has Superman, Batman, Spiderman… but India has Padman.”  So goes Pad Man, Bollywood’s internationally acclaimed (Netflix available) movie based on the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, an activist who fought to make sanitary […]

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    Promoting gender equality in/through school – a road map for South Asia

Promoting gender equality in/through school – a road map for South Asia

In the second of this two-part article on promoting gender equality through schools, Anushna Jha and Mehrin Shah provide a road map for South Asia in which schools and the government work together. 

The Status Quo-

While incidents of rape, sexual harassment, and gender-based violence have become commonplace today, they rest on a deep-rooted structure of patriarchy and gender inequality. This structural feature […]

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    Promoting gender equality in/through schools – examples to learn from

Promoting gender equality in/through schools – examples to learn from

In the first of this two-part article on promoting gender equality through schools, Anushna Jha and Mehrin Shah explore successful examples from around the world. 

The second half of the series will be published on Tuesday 19 February. 

Education and Gender Equality- Interconnections

There is a lot in common between education and gender equality- both are instrumental to the development of a society as also […]

India and its girls: The endangered survival

MSc Development Studies alumna, Divyakshi Jain, explains why the recent trend in India’s female to male ratio may be portraying a partial and superficial picture of female discrimination. 

The data from Census of India in 2011 garnered much attention and was considered a sigh of relief as the sex ratio in India had improved from 933 women per 1000 men in 2001 to 940 […]

Because we let it happen

Development Studies student, Anushna Jha, shares a few lines in response to the horrific news of the brutal death of an 8 year old girl in her home country of India:
An 8-year-old was raped, tortured, killed
Because we let this happen
Because we have reduced cases of sexual violence to breaking news and primetime debates
Because we have normalised sexism and misogyny and […]

Ensuring better safeguarded rights of female workers

In a recent Development Management workshop led by Professor of Gender and Development, Naila Kabeer, students discussed what effect global trade has had on ensuring and bettering the safeguarded rights of female workers. 

The following article has been written by a Master’s student who wishes to remain anonymous.

In 2013, the Rana Plaza, a building on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh collapsed, killing 1,134 […]

In search of the wurst reading list

The academic world is reassessing reading lists for gender bias. How did it all start? 

The trigger was a lecture from DFID Chief Economist, Stefan Dercon, who visited LSE to give a talk on The Future of Aid as part of the Cutting Edge in Development series. In a lecture on ‘aid in messy places’, Dercon mentioned the ‘Big Ideals, […]

Advancing women’s economic empowerment: why data matters

Emma Samman and Abigail Hunt, guest bloggers from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), summarise a recent ODI blog series on Women, Work and Economic Empowerment. The blog series features contributions from diverse stakeholders who produce and/or use gender data to give perspectives on the experiences and preferences of women with the aim that the information can inform policymaking. 

Following the adoption of SDG 5 […]

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    ?Doughnut Economics: how to save the planet and still have growth

?Doughnut Economics: how to save the planet and still have growth

Professor Duncan Green gives us an insight into Doughnut Economics, and tells us why this popular book has the potential to make life sweeter. This article has been cross-posted (and slightly updated) from From Poverty to Power. 

Author, Kate Raworth, will be talking about her book, Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist, on Thursday 23rd November at the LSE. Click here for […]

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    Emergency sexwork: should NGOs recognize transactional sex as livelihood strategy?

Emergency sexwork: should NGOs recognize transactional sex as livelihood strategy?

Transactional sex is a widespread reality in humanitarian crises, and one of the strategies that many people use to secure their livelihoods. Dorothea Hilhorst, professor of humanitarian aid and reconstruction at the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam, argues that humanitarian agencies, instead of ignoring this reality or understanding it solely as a form of sexual […]