Gender & Socio-Economic Policies

Pictures from the Bangalore Queer Pride ParadePictures from the Bangalore Queer Pride Parade — Creator: Vikas Yadav. CC-BY 2.0

The Heinrich Böll Foundation joins the people of India in celebrating diversity and rights of the LGBTQIA+ community.

It’s a historic day as the Supreme Court of India gave a landmark verdict decriminalizing a portion of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, a colonial era provision that criminalizes private consensual sexual acts between same sex adults. The LGBTIQA+ community, supporters and people from across the spectrum are rejoicing and there is a re-instatement of faith in the legal and judicial system, especially the Supreme Court of India.

We congratulate our partners, communities groups, individuals and organizations for this victory and thank them for their long struggles against Section 377.

Section 377 is scrapped! Sexual Minorities become full citizens of India


Shubha Chacko is a prominent LGBTQ activist from India. On the occasion of the landmark Supreme Court judgment decriminalizing a portion of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, she writes on the long fight against section 377, the challenges ahead and what it means for the society at large.

By Shubha Chacko

Digital India through a Gender Lens

Research Report

This hbs commissioned research report analyses the Digital India programme of the Government of India from a gender perspective. Digital India has emerged as an important development plank, with ever-expanding connections to multiple policy domains. Focusing on its three main strategic areas: connectivity, e-services and citizen empowerment, this report takes stock of the extent to which the programme integrates gender-responsive perspectives. It offers recommendations for strengthening programmatic approaches for gender-transformative change.

Three Journeys: Cameos of the Jogappa Community in Karnataka

These are three oral histories from a little –known transgender community in South India called the Jogappas. The multiple changes in the world around them have impacted the Jogappas in various ways. Each Jogappa provides her account of the unique experiences that have shaped their lives and identities.

Awareness Raising and Capacity Building

"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


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.

Gender, Trade and Development

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Women’s Asset Ownership and Reduction in Gender-based Violence

Do Indian women who control assets, especially land, have a greater control over their lives? Do they experience less gender-based violence? A new study, based on field data from rural areas in Karnataka, Telengana and Meghalaya that have diverse land-ownership systems, explores the connection.

Gender & Socio-Economic Policies

What we do

Public policy, having a tremendous impact on everyday life, affects men and women differently; and yet gender remains the most unattended dimension of much public policy. Gender continues to be an underdeveloped area in research and, even more, in political practice. In India, there has been progress in gendering policy with gender budgeting and training/creating awareness on gender issues, as well as (limited) gender audits at the institutional level. Still, there is far to go, as gender has not become central to policy and little inclusion has been done from the point of its ‘lived effects’.

100 Years of Heinrich Böll

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