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"It became my mission to locate women's voices"


Urvashi Butalia is one of India’s foremost feminists. On the occasion of her receiving Germany’s Goethe Medal on August 28, 2017 in Weimar, we have talked to her about her work as a publisher, feminism, writing and politics in India.

By Dr. Axel Harneit-Sievers

Women’s Rights all over the World: A Report from CSW61

The annual session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women brought governments and activists together to deliberate on women’s economic empowerment worldwide. A report from New York by Shalini Yog and Axel Harneit-Sievers.

By Shalini Yog Shah, Dr. Axel Harneit-Sievers

"One Cube" Three, yet one!

"One Cube" Three, yet one! - is a documentary film by Pramod Dev. Depicting three women who work in export-oriented sectors of India's economy, the film shows how the demands of trade impact upon the personal, familial, social, economic and cultural aspects of the lives of the protagonists.

By Shalini Yog Shah

HBF-TWN Trade & Gender Briefs

HBF India has published in collaboration with Ranja Sengupta of Third World Network (TWN) 5 briefing papers in simple language on trade liberalization and their gender impacts in India. These papers available here demystify & deal with the four functional areas of current global trade paradigm – namely Agriculture, Services, IPR and Investment.

Agricultural Production and Food Distribution to Vulnerable Families in India Today

From a situation where India had to import food grains for feeding its population in 1960s, the country has achieved self-sufficiency in producing rice and wheat. Yet the world’s second populous country has the dubious distinction of having largest chunk of families living under abject poverty. This paper is an attempt to explain this dichotomy.

By By Sandip Das

Informalisation of Women's Work in India

Can we speak of a ‘feminization of labour’ in the Indian context? Questions on Informal labour, the casualization of work and possibilities for a gender targeted social security in an Interview with Dr. Govind Kelkar.

The Future We Want - A Feminist Perspective

The Future We Want – the motto chosen by the UN in the run-up to the June 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) – is certainly forward-looking. Rio+20 is supposed to define routes towards a safer, fairer, greener, and cleaner world. But the blueprints for a green economy are devoid of gender perspectives. Christa Wichterich’s essay takes a closer look on the relations between feminism and ecology.

The Invisible Hands

What is the impact on the country's economy and society when its women double up as unpaid and underpaid labourers? Are these women subsidising the economy? If yes, how much is it? This short documentary raises such questions and provide apparent answers so that you will raise even more questions. Presenting "The Invisible Hands… that build India"- a curtain raiser on Gender and Macroeconomics.

By Pramod Dev

Special Article:Analysis of Gender Profile in Export Oriented Industries in India.

The current economic crisis surely supports the claim that neo-liberal economic policies have not worked thereby leaving many more across the world poor and vulnerable. Without a clear focus on human rights and inclusive growth no economic policy can ensure growth with development. Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right but also an important yardstick for growth with equity. Women play an equally important role in a country’s economic development and a crucial role in the household well-being and with equal opportunities this would undoubtedly foster greater welfare and sustainable growth. MDG (3) exhibit the importance of gender equality for all round development of a country

By Bansari Nag

Briefing Papers: Two recent papers by Kavaljit Singh considering investment and banking sector implications of an India – EU FTA

The current Indian trade – policy environment faces many new questions and challenges in light of the impending landmark Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between India and the European Union (EU). The following briefing papers try to delineate and decipher potential economical implications that this agreement would portend for the Indian banking sector and raises concerns about resulting unchecked cross – border investment flows.

By By Kavaljit Singh, Director, Public Interest Research Center

The EU-India Free Trade Agreement negotiations: Gender and social justice concerns

A critical review of the Trade Sustainability Impact Assessment for the Free Trade Agreement between the EU and the Republic of India from a gender perspective. The EC has commissioned an external consulting agency ECORYS to conduct a Trade Sustainability Impact Assessment to identify economic, social and environmental impacts of free trade agreement between EU and India. This is intended to inform the trade negotiators to enable a more sustainable and sound pact. WIDE has undertaken a review of this report and process and has come out with a pointed review and critique.