Right to Menstrual Health in India: From an Outdated Period Drama to Actionable Rights & Policies

The lack of constructive community dialogue in place proves to be the paramount reason behind the barrier in ensuring menstrual health. Giving menstrual health the precedence of a medical concern may prove to be a more tactical approach to the problem. However, in order to do so there is a pressing need for a safe space to be created for it to be socially addressed. This social mobilization may occur through interpersonal communication put in order by schools and communities which help girls in accepting menstruation as a natural process. (more…)

The Policy Troupe: Chamba Deliberation

Learnings at The Policy Troupe: Chamba Deliberation (1st-2nd June, 2019)

We were at Chamba on the 1st and 2nd of June, 2019 for the second edition of The Policy Troupe. The city is spread out on both sides of the ‘Chaugan’ with an outstanding view of the snow capped mountains at the farther end of the street. The market area running adjacent to the District Court and several government offices makes the place look self sufficient. However, owing to the poor access, connectivity and a lack of basic amenities in the city, it’s easy to understand why Chamba is recognised as one of the most backward Districts of India. (more…)

Zero Hunger Programme: A Step to Remove Nutritional Deficiency in India

By Arifa Khan, Post Graduate College of Law, Osmania University, Hyderabad.

Every day, men and women across the globe struggle to feed their children a nutritious meal. In a world where we produce enough food to feed everyone, one in nine – still goes to bed on an empty stomach each night. The second most populous country in the world, India has a steady economic growth and has achieved self-sufficiency in grain production in recent years. Despite this, high levels of poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition exists. About 21% of the population lives on less than US $1.90 a day and levels of inequality and social exclusion are very high. India is home to a quarter of all undernourished people worldwide, making the country a key focus for tackling hunger on a global scale. (more…)