Behind a Healthy Woman, there’s Girls and Men

“Men–and girls– are now being very much encouraged to be part of a global system to helping women have healthy babies, and healthier lives.” As FEM works on including men and boys in the fight for gender equality, a global conference on Women is taking place in Malaysia. Here is one response to the conference, which calls for a higher focus on the engagement of men and girls in gender issues.


‘Boy or girl?’ Gender a new challenge for schools

Should young boys and girls have specific gender norms to fulfill? FEM is clear about our beliefs that we need to rewrite traditional roles, and this article gives  thorough analysis of how gender roles are forced from a very young age.  For anyone concerned about making India more gender equitable, this is a thought-provoking piece.–gender-a-new-challenge-for-schools/1122161/0

Delhi Rape: Dear GOI, please legalise female foeticide

This is a satirical piece with a very serious argument that the government of India needs to do more to prevent abhorrent acts like the rape of a 5 year old last week. “There’s no ray of hope for women in India – accept the fact and get to work” the author writes.  Many of us feel that way at times like this, but with active efforts by organization like FEM, we can create the necessary incremental change to make India a more gender equitbale society.

Battle won, she fights for others

NEW DELHI: In the crowded lanes of Tigri in south Delhi, 25-year-old Meera (name changed) is at the forefront to protect women in distress. Whether it’s domestic violence or guiding women under pressure to get sex determination tests done, Meera is by their side. Meera, who works with an NGO, inspires.

Saying ‘Yes’ Matters as Much as ‘No’

NEW DELHI — The man who was my abuser was a fine host, a good husband, a caring father, a respected elder whose generosity and kindness were as genuine as the fact of the abuse. These qualities were important, because they helped him conceal the abuse he carried out over a period of four years.