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Gender stereotypes in villages promote prejudice

Gender discrimination manifests in stereotypes that is intertwined in the society in such a way that not acting accordingly may lead to an individual’s isolation within the community. This risk and fear of ostracisation, however, exists more in the disadvantaged rural communities.

Patriarchy still rules- here schemes for women don’t work

More than two-thirds of Indians live in villages, but the healthcare facilities in these areas are yet to show the progress seen in urban areas. The chances of you going to a rural health facility without a doctor or a health professional are still very high in the country. The analysis of the data available with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare tells us that things are way worse than they used to be 17 years ago

Menstruation in the Cowshed

Renu was about to start her day on a bright morning when she got her monthly periods. All her plans for the day, including the next five days, were shattered because she had to confine herself in the cowshed and live and eat there until her periods were over. She spends six days every month and seventy-two days a year in the cowshed.

Girls in uttarakhand aspire to live freely

Thak chuld hun, Thoda Aaram Chahiye,” (I am tired, I need rest) are the opening lines of the poem written by Chandni Parihar. She is just a 21-year-old girl who feels exhaust-ed by the discrimination she has to face in her society. A resident of remote Jakhera village in Garur block of Bageshwar district in Uttarakhand, Chandni has been fighting to complete her education. Chandni was the first girl from her vil-lage to score 65 per cent in Class 10. She wanted to pursue science, but due to the unavailability of this stream in the village schools, she could not fulfill her dreams.

 The pathetic state of health care services in a village

When Leela Devi first went to her marital home in Tilonia Village in Ajmer district of Rajasthan, she had not heard of solar energy. But making use of the solar centre of the Barefoot College (BC) near her new home, she learnt enough within a year to set up rural solar units and assemble solar lanterns. Later, as India’s External Affairs Ministry teamed up with BC to start an international programme for training women as barefoot solar engineers for rural solar energy systems, Leela and other friends

Disconnected Lives

Uttarakhand welcomes thousands of tourists every year. Travelers from across the states make efforts to reach this hilly region nestled in the mighty Himalayan range. The natural beauty of this state often masks the challenges its inhabitants face in their daily life – what appears to be quintessential rural life to these travelers, is in reality a suffering for people residing in far-flung mountain regions. Uttarakhand’s Bageshwar district is one such example where communities residing in its remote villages have to face a plethora of ordeals every day.

Girls have all the duties; boys all the rights

We are stopped from expressing ourselves. We have to muster up courage to put our opinions forth but no one cares. No one values our voices—neither our families nor the society,” said Pooja, a teenager from Kapkot village in Kapkot block of Bageshwar district in Uttarakhand. “They say girls are not supposed to laugh or talk too much.” Eighteen-year-old Kumari Kiran, another young girl from Jakhera

Struggling for water in the Himalayan foothills

Lamchula is a picturesque hilly village nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas overlooking the beautiful Lahur Ghati river in Bageshwar district in Uttarakhand. Located approximately 20 km from the district headquarters, there is no motorable road to the village and one has to trek for about thirty minutes to reach the settlements. Inhabited by approximately 143 families

A School Without Toilets

Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) play an important role in girls’ education. Lack of water and sanitation facilities often prevents girls from attending schools, leading to an uncertain future. The Maigri Estate Inter College in Garur block in Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand is a well-built government institution with good classroom infrastructure and a sports ground. Yet, it lacks the most basic structure-toilets.

A school without toilets

Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) play an important role in girls’ education. Lack of water and sanitation facilities often prevents girls from attending schools, leading to an uncertain future. The Maigri Estate Inter College in Garur Block in Bageshwar District of Uttarakhand is a government institution with good classroom infrastructure and a sports ground. Yet, it lacks the most basic structure-toilets. About 21 kms away from Bageshwar, this inter-college offers education from class VI to XII and has a student population of around 400, half of them girls

Network Woes

For the last two years, Mamta Goswami and her friends have packed their bags with notebooks and tiffin boxes not to go to school but to a place where they can find a network to attend their online classes. They leave in the morning before classes begin and return in the evening. However, there is no guarantee that the network will be stable for the entire day. While few girls are lucky enough to at least attend classes online, many are not allowed