THE NEWS IN PROPORTION 10 December 2019
COMMERCIAL SURROGACY
To be banned or not?

The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016 introduced in the parliament proposes a ban on commercial surrogacy. Shoma Chatterji finds out if this will help in checking exploitation of women.

Women's Health Gender Laws and Policy


ENTERPRISING WOMEN
Weaving harmonious threads of change
Women of a small village in Uttar Pradesh are weaving not just colorful yarn but also communal harmony in their region. Swapna Majumdar reports.
U.P. Poverty

WOMEN'S DAY
Revisiting the mothers who protested AFSPA
A new book tracks down the women who stripped naked 12 years ago to protest against rape and rights abuses under AFSPA. Banamallika Choudhury reviews Mothers of Manipur.
Law and Order Books MANIPUR

RECYCLING AGENTS
Waste pickers live, work with pride
A glimpse into the lives of women waste-pickers in Pune by Suchismita Pai.
Urban Waste

PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY
There’s nothing to be ashamed about disability
An inspiring account of Malini Chib, disability rights activist and author, who talks about how she got around to developing a strong disability identity that she wants to “celebrate” rather than reject.
Disability People

SURROGACY BILL
Banning commercial surrogacy
A brief overview of the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016 by PRS legislative.
People Laws

SOLAR POWER
Meet the solar sisters
In remote villages of Rajasthan women are assembling small, portable solar lamps and then travelling to different hamlets in the region to retail them. Renu Rakesh reports.
Energy Business

WOMAN'S CONSENT
Painting the country Pink
Will a ‘NO’ from a woman remain ‘NO’? Asks Shoma A. Chatterji while reviewing the movie, Pink.
Films Gender and Media

WASTE DUMP
Residents of a municipal dumping site fight back
The women of Meghpar village of Kutch District are fighting the big port town Gandhidham municipality which is dumping its waste in their village. Vimal Kalavadiya and Shvetangini Patel report from Kutch.
Waste People GUJARAT

WATER & ACCESSIBILITY
Hill women no longer panic over water scarcity
In many part of rural India, women spend most of their time walking long distances to collect water for their household's needs. Nitin Jugran Bahuguna visits the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand where the women no longer have to worry about fetching water from long distances thanks to an intervention that has brought potable water right to their doorstep.
Water

ACID ATTACK SURVIVORS
Lucknow’s new landmark Sheroes upholds the indomitable spirit of humanity
Manjari Singh reports on the opening of the Lucknow branch of Sheroes Hangout, a café run and managed by acid attack survivors under the guidance of the humanitarian organisation “Stop Acid Attacks”.
Gender Violence Society

BOXING GIRLS
Chennai girls learn to land a solid punch
These days, select impoverished neighbourhoods in Chennai have become the nursery of future champion boxers. Girls in these neighbourhoods are receiving training in boxing, something that has given them the confidence to stand up for themselves and dream big, reveals Hema Vijay.
TAMILNADU Society

WOMEN AND THE STATE
The women whose voices we seek to stifle, but can’t
High rhetoric and token gestures abound on International Women’s Day. Yet, a brave woman of the soil was threatened, attacked and prevented from holding a rally that would have voiced the real issues faced by many women. Freny Manecksha met Soni Sori days before she was attacked, and recounts her story.
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