Gender

What is it like to be a young female activist in Myanmar?

While Myanmar is led by one of the world’s most recognisable female leaders, the country continues to possess a deeply traditional and patriarchal culture. Catriona Knapman explains what her and her fellow researchers discovered about social norms and expectations for young women activists in Myanmar wanting to become involved in the democratic process.

Myanmar has a traditional patriarchal culture, […]

April 12th, 2019|Featured, Gender|Comments Off on What is it like to be a young female activist in Myanmar?|
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    LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit 2: Interview – Adnan Hossain

LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit 2: Interview – Adnan Hossain

At the second LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit Adnan Hossain (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) discussed his research on the place of Hijras in Bangladesh. Here he explains the place of the Hijras historically in Bangladesh, the significant of recent legal changes to their place in Bangladeshi society, and their status in across the region.

How have Hijras historically been viewed in Bangladesh?

Historically hijras were viewed […]

April 2nd, 2019|Featured, Gender|Comments Off on LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit 2: Interview – Adnan Hossain|

The invisible lives of Delhi’s home-based garment workers

India’s unorganised labour industry makes up around ninety-three percent of the country’s total workforce. Much of this work is done behind closed doors and by women. On the streets of Delhi, Sumedha Pal discovers the conditions many women have to endure. Here she argues why India has a chance to transform these women’s lives with the country’s draft Social […]

March 12th, 2019|Development, Featured, Gender, Urban India|Comments Off on The invisible lives of Delhi’s home-based garment workers|
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    #IWD2019 Bhutan: Five must-read books on International Women’s Day

#IWD2019 Bhutan: Five must-read books on International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day 2019 (#IWD2019) Claire Milne (LSE) picks five must-read books for those seeking a deeper understanding of the lives of women of Bhutan. 

2017 Bhutan Living Standards Survey National Bureau of Statistics 2017

The 2017 Bhutan Living Standard Survey report contains many useful statistics. Chapter Three especially has useful data on education, where we see that traditionally large gaps in literacy […]

March 8th, 2019|Featured, Gender|Comments Off on #IWD2019 Bhutan: Five must-read books on International Women’s Day|
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    #IWD2019 Pakistan: Five must-read books on International Women’s Day

#IWD2019 Pakistan: Five must-read books on International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day 2019 (#IWD2019) Dr. Amber Darr picks five must-read books for those seeking a deeper understanding of the lives of women of Pakistan. Amber’s list intends to serve a three-fold purpose: it aims firstly to cast its net wide to include women from very diverse strata of the Pakistani society, next it highlights challenges faced by women in spheres ranging from […]

March 7th, 2019|Featured, Gender|1 Comment|
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    #IWD2019 Bangladesh: Five must-read books on International Women’s Day

#IWD2019 Bangladesh: Five must-read books on International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day 2019 (#IWD2019) Anjali Sarker (Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity, LSE) picks five must-read books for those seeking a deeper understanding of the lives of women of Bangladesh. 

Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain Sultana’s Dream Tara Publishing 1905 

Sultana’s Dream, first published in 1905 in a Madras English newspaper, is a witty feminist utopia—a tale of reverse purdah that posits a […]

March 7th, 2019|Featured, Gender|Comments Off on #IWD2019 Bangladesh: Five must-read books on International Women’s Day|
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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

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

“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 […]

February 26th, 2019|Featured, Gender|Comments Off on Looking beyond Padman: A need to empower girls during menstruation and puberty|
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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|Comments Off on “I will not get angry”: What new age spiritual practices in urban India are teaching women|

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|Comments Off on A legal failing: Why child marriage persists in India|
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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 […]

January 4th, 2019|Development, Featured, Gender|Comments Off on Apps and the gender gap: Why ‘mobile money’ leaves poor women behind|

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