If women work together, they can double India’s GDP: Exec Dir, FLO

“FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) is working further towards women empowerment and entrepreneurship” said Ujjwala Singhania, President of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) FLO, while speaking at the inauguration of the 10th year of its Bengaluru Chapter  The FLO aspires for a society where women are harbingers of change. Rasmi Sarita, the Executive […]

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Girls graduate in tech in large numbers, but not many get jobs

Employers think males are more capable than them Despite graduating from engineering and technology colleges in large numbers, few girls get employment in them, say women professionals. Isha Doshi, an associate consultant from Mumbai, informed The Observer: “I don’t know the reason, but there is a trend I see; with each level of seniority, the […]

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Women living alone find it hard to get accommodation in Bengaluru

Say restrictions by landlords are unreasonable Women living alone in big cities like Bengaluru struggle to find a home as people are unwilling to rent out apartments to them. Sugandha Agarwal, 25, a software engineer who came to Bengaluru in 2018 for her job, informed The Observer: “For bachelors like us, especially women, searching for […]

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Bengaluru among top cities in cases of women’s harassment

Most do not go to police as offenders escape Bengaluru has registered a high crime rate of harassment of women. It competes  with Ahmedabad, Delhi and Hyderabad in crimes against women, according to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). According to the NCRB 2020 report, Bengaluru has a crime rate of 0.5 in cases pertaining […]

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Not all people who menstruate were females at birth

Queer people feel excluded, wary of visiting docs There is little to no conversation around menstruation that involves queer people in India, say people across the gender spectrum. Menstruation is the biological process when people with uteruses bleed every month.  Traditionally, the process has been associated only with cis-gendered women (those whose gender identity is […]

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Bengaluru has a dubious distinction: High dowry deaths

Parents who can’t pay cash give other valuables Bengaluru is among the top metropolitan cities to have a high rate of dowry deaths, according to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). According to the NCRB’s latest report, the rate for dowry deaths in the city is 0.7. It is 2.2 for Kanpur, 1.8 for Jaipur, […]

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Few women with post-baby blues seek aid due to social stigma

Can result in depression if not treated fast Postpartum depression is common among young mothers in Bengaluru. With a social stigma attached to it, few seek professional help, experts say. A survey of young mothers in Bengaluru conducted by the Indian Journal of Community Medicine  found that 58.5 percent suffered from postpartum depression; 91 percent […]

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Caesarean section deliveries in Bengaluru have gone up: NFHS

Hospitals suggest them to earn more,say experts. Owing to medical reasons, there has been an increase in caesarean section deliveries in Bengaluru. Experts say hospitals advise women to go for C-section to make monetary gains. Statistics of the National Family Health Survey-5 show that about 30.6 percent of pregnant women in Bengaluru Urban had C-section […]

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Urban women more prone to obesity than rural counterparts

Those in cities don’t have much physical activity. Obesity is more prevalent in women living in Urban Karnataka as compared to women living in rural areas, according to the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) conducted in 2019-20. NFHS data of the past three surveys show there is an increase in the number of women suffering […]

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