It is a common sight to see women construction workers on many building sites in Asia. They help with the heavy lifting of bricks, cement, buckets of water and stones. Typically, men do the more skilled work, such as brick-laying, plastering or plumbing. In India female construction workers can...

Joint India Programme
2016

Sanchita* from Kolkata married, like many young Indian girls, very young. She moved with her new husband into his parents’ house and then later to another apartment belonging to his family. Together they had one son. However, very soon Sanchita found herself trapped in a loveless, abusive...

Joint India Programme
2016

At one time, much of Jharkhand, east India, was covered by thick forests, but this has changed over the last century and a half.

Joint India Programme
2016

In 2010 Indu Bala Sawansi from the East Singhbhum district of Jharkhand was elected to the local urban council. In this male-dominated environment, she was unsure at first about whether or not she would be taken seriously. She did not feel confident and even contemplated stepping down.

Joint India Programme
2014

Kamla from the Hazaribagh district of Jharkhand was married when she was 12 years old. Her father worked as a labourer and believed that marrying his daughter off early would relieve him of the burden of caring for her financially.

However, Kamla was continually abused by her husband and...

Joint India Programme
2014

Find Your Feet supports long-term rural development projects in India and other countries. It works in Jharkhand to raise awareness at the community level and encourages people to ask for their entitlements and services. To date, Find Your Feet has helped create almost 200 self-help groups of...

Joint India Programme
2015

Midday meals at schools in the region of Jharkhand used to be comprised only of rice, lentils and vegetables.

As rates of child malnutrition in Jharkhand are among the highest in the country, the non-for-profi t organisation EKJUT, through its “Right to Food” campaign, supported community...

Joint India Programme
2015

Some 70 per cent of poor, landless women in the Murshidabad district of West Bengal roll beedis for a living. Beedis are inexpensive thin cigarettes wrapped in leaves and they are typically rolled by women in their own homes as part of a cottage industry.

Laws have been put in place to...

Joint India Programme
2015