Low-income, educated and empowered Muslim women have tended to be viewed in opposition to their culture and religion, argue Payal P. Shah (University of South Carolina, USA) and Ayesha Khurshid (Florida State University, USA). But what can the education of two Muslim women from low-income communities in India and Pakistan reveal about the place of religion in the construction […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]