Why Reclaiming Civil Space Is Critical for Democratic Renewal

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“Certain black-marketers, opposition parties and NGOs are conspiring to defame me and destabilise my government”—Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 21, 2016 “We have launched a new initiative in solar renewable energy with support from governments of America, France and Bill Gate’s NGO” —Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 22, 2016 In the last week […]

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Women’s Economic Participation Declines Due to Threat of Violence

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Several recent reports have begun to show that women’s economic participation in India is declining over the past decade. World Bank analysis shows that women’s labour force participation has declined from 37% to 27% in the 2005-2012 period. While India’s economic development grows rapidly, women’s share as paid workers declines. This rate of female labour […]

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Intelligence without arrogance

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“Oh, wow, ToT!” “Good luck! You’re going to come back crying!” These were just some of the reactions I got from my colleagues on the Monday before our scheduled train to  Lucknow. A team from PRIA had been nominated to attend a Training of Trainers (ToT) programme at Sahbhagi Shikshan Kendra (SSK). I was trembling […]

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An acceptance of imperfections and the courage to change

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The Training of Trainers (ToT) organized by Sahbhagi Shikshan Kendra (SSK) and PRIA is a much-anticipated event. Every new recruit at PRIA wants to be nominated to attend this ToT. All year I had heard many of my colleagues — close colleagues, my best colleagues, my peer colleagues — share stories, pictures, experiences about the ToT […]

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Smell the coffee

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Sexual harassment is a non-issue. It’s passé, so overrated and really, come on, we just don’t get why women make such a big deal out of it. It’s not as if women are being physically assaulted in workplaces by their male colleagues! Maybe not, but smell the coffee ☕️ …. Brushing your tie on a […]

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