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"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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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

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