In Gandhi’s Footsteps

Organizing the largest non-violent action the world has ever seen, that’s the goal of Ekta Parishad.

Following the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi’s model of civil disobedience, the organization stands – and walks – for the rights of the poorest of members of Indian society: Continue reading

Where to Be a Woman

What awaits you if you’re growing up in India, in Russia or in Canada respectively?

The life a woman lives is highly determined by the place she grows up in. A look at the Trust Law ranking G20 countries: the worst and the best for women. Continue reading

Meri Shakti Meri Beti – My Daughter, My Strength

Why 100 million women are missing in India: the reality of sex-selection. – a guest-post by Zlatka Niznanska.

Just recently, a new campaign against pre-natal sex selection in Southern Delhi arose from the cooperation between the Centre for Social Research and the German Embassy in India. So far, this has been one of the latest attempts to crumble the rising number of
female foeticides in Delhi. Continue reading

How To Do Smart Economics

Did you know that “about 2/5 of girls are never born due to a preference for sons”?

That’s one of the statements given by the recently published Word Development Report 2012. You can think of the World Bank whatever you like, but at least they are going with the times and looking at how important women are for the development of our planet. Here are some of the findings: Continue reading

Where to Live Green

I was wondering which are the greenest cities in the world. Here are some candidates:

A list by Grist puts Reykjavik (Iceland, in the picture) as number one, followed by Oregon (US) and Curitiba (Brazil). Do you wonder why?

“Reykjavik has been putting hydrogen buses on its streets, and, like the rest of the country, its heat and electricity come entirely from renewable geothermal and hydropower sources and it’s determined to become fossil-fuel-free by 2050.” Oregon gets points for its rural planning, including green building initiatives, biking and running infrastructures. Curitiba, on the other hand, scores 3rd because of sheep Continue reading