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What does the Indian budget of 2014 have in store for the women of India? Here's a list!
What does the Indian budget of 2014 have in store for the women of India? Here’s a list!
While it’s heartening to see the emphasis laid on development and economic advancement in Budget 2014, whether it will effectively tackle women’s concerns is to be seen. Here are the promises that the new government has made pertaining to women’s issues:
One of the key concerns about all these schemes and proposals is the absence of a specific time frame. This robs such measures of a sense of urgency and can affect results on the ground, as has happened with many schemes in the past.
What to look forward to:
Ajeevika, the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM), aims to eliminate rural poverty through sustainable livelihood options. Under this mission, Women Self Help Groups (SHGs) are provided bank loans at 4% on prompt repayment in 150 districts and at 7% in all other districts. The proposed extension of the provision of bank loan for women SHGs is 4% in another 100 districts. India has roughly 650+ districts and this point will ensure that more than one-third of the districts are covered under this mission. This will be a huge jump in terms of outreach.
School curriculum will include a chapter on gender mainstreaming in order to sensitize young children and adults. The outcome may not be an immediate drop in rapes and crimes against women, but one hopes that it will result in a more inclusive mindset and attitude towards the women of this country.
The government’s main agenda is development of the country, and to provide more jobs to the youth. It is our hope that this development is for all, and that the country progresses faster. It must be ensured that the women of India move ahead at the same pace as men.
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I wanted to scream with excitement that my daughter chose to write about her ambition and aspirations over everything else first. To me, this was one of those parenting 'win' moments.
My daughter turned eight years old in January, and among the various gifts she received from friends and family was an absolutely beautiful personal journal for self-growth. A few days ago, she was exploring the pages when she found a section for writing a letter to her future self. She found this intriguing and began jotting down her thoughts animatedly.
My curiosity piqued and she could sense it immediately. She assured me that she would show me the letter soon, and lo behold, she kept her word.
I glanced at her words, expecting to see a mention of her parents in the first sentence. But, to my utter delight, the first thing she had written about was her AMBITION. Yes, the caps here are intentional because I want to scream with excitement that my daughter chose to write about her ambition and aspirations over everything else first. To me, this was one of those parenting ‘win’ moments.
Uorfi Javed has been making waves through social media, and is often the target of trolls. So who and what exactly is this intriguing young woman?
Uorfi Javed (no relation to Javed Akhtar) is a name that crops up in my news feeds every now and again. It is usually because she got trolled for being in some or other ‘daring’ outfit and then posting those images on social media. If I were asked, I would not be able to name a single other reason why she is famous. I am told that she is an actor but I would have no frankly no clue about her body of work (pun wholly unintended).
So is Urfi Javed (or Uorfi Javed as she prefers) famous only for being famous? How does she impact the cause of feminism by permitting herself to be objectified, trolled, reviled?
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