Category Archives: Empowering women

The Sari that protects against cholera

This piece was posted by Communications Intern Hilde Faugli. The sari, it seems, may offer more than perhaps what we usually expect of a piece of cloth. The sari, that traditional brightly coloured garment worn predominantly in India, Bangladesh and Nepal, is currently being used by innovative women in Bangladesh to filter their daily water, […]

International Women’s Day

This piece was posted by Betty, Programmes Officer, FYF UK Office. Yesterday I celebrated International Women’s Day in the grand setting of the House of Lords as a guest of Baroness O’Loan, DBE. I heard about the important role that women play in the fight against hunger by growing food to feed their families. Phoebe […]

Voices of Rural Women on Climate Change

“The special perspective of women is often overlooked in global discussions on climate change.” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon Today (October 15th) is Blog Action Day. This year bloggers have decided to create discussion around climate change, in the lead up to Copenhagen this December. Today is also Rural Women’s Day. This international day was […]

Quotas for women in Panchayats

In 1992 the Indian parliament passed the 73rd Amendment to the constitution for rural local bodies (panchayats.) This gave 33% reservation of seats for women in all three tiers of the Panchayati Raj. Questions remain however as to whether or not this affirmative action is sufficient to ensure the participation of women in the public […]

Microcredit: The power and the pitfalls.

Credit and debt “I attended a training on how to run the group and how to save by making timely contributions and returning loans correctly. As a result we initiated a savings scheme and started keeping records. We have now saved 2255 Rs.” Bedi is the president of a Self Help group in Bara Kalajhore […]

Sowing Autonomy: Gender and Seed Politics in semi-arid India

“Over the last five decades, seeds have slipped out of farmers’ control by gradually becoming the prerogative of breeders, genetic engineers, commercial seed growers, registered seed dealers and bureaucrats in charge of seed market regulations. Commercial seeds are developed against a background of technological control, economic efficiency and rational management. The commercialisation and adoption of […]

The power of the Self-Help Group

I recently returned from visiting our work in India for the first time. It was a truly wonderful and inspiring experience, giving me an even firmer belief in the quality of the work we do and the difference it is making to the lives of people living in rural poverty in India. What particularly struck […]