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Women Leaders at 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.


"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.


Ranjana Kumari, Director of the Centre for Social Research in New Delhi, is a veteran Indian feminist who has been following the International Women’s Conferences since Nairobi in 1985. She just returned from the March 2015 meeting in New York. We talked with her about women’s rights and gender equity in India.


In 2013, the India and the South Africa offices of the Heinrich Boll Foundation initiated on a joint learning and exchange project on sexual violence, “Sexualised Violence in National debate: Cross –border observations from India and South Africa”.

The Gender and Macro-Economic Policy Discussion Forum series wants to facilitate high-quality reflection and debate, with a perspective of shifting public discourse, around gender dimensions in selected key issues of economic and social policy and reform.

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.


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.

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 – 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.


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.

Globalization and trade liberalisation affect group of individuals differently including men and women as separate groups.An interview with Amarendra Khatua, Joint Secretary, Department of Commerce and Chair Steering Committee on Gender and Trade

This series is the output of a project on Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in India, a joint initiative by Traidcraft Exchange, Third World Network and Shramik Bharti.

Lady Shri Ram College for Women (University of Delhi) in partnership with the Heinrich Böll Foundation is holding a South Asia Regional Autumn School on the theme - Global Finance and Human Security in South Asia: A Gender Perspective from November 1–5, 2011

India is close to conclude an ambitious Free Trade Agreement" (FTA) with the European Union (EU). On April 11-12, 2011, HBF and partners organised an expert consultation in New Delhi to gauge the perception of the FTA and its potential to threaten the right to food 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


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.

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.


From 2-5 October, 2010, HBS-Delhi joined its partner Women in Development Europe (WIDE) to participate in Asia Europe People’s Forum (AEPF). This 8th AEPF is a civil society event, held at Brussels parallel to the official Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM)


PWESCR in partnership with UNIFEM and Heinrich Böll Foundation has hosted a two day South Asian Regional Workshop. The workshop is intended to enable experts in developing policy and advocacy tools to address the negative impact of the financial and economic crisis from a gender and human rights perspective.

At the end of August India’s new Foreign Trade Policy 2009-14 entered into force. The new Foreign Trade Policy lays out ambitious objectives in times of the challenging worldwide economic, food, fuel and climate crises. Commerce Minister Sharma states “We would like to achieve an annual export growth of 15% over 2010-11 with an annual export target of $200 billion by March 2011