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Gender budget: Government spending hits highest ever in 2024

This year, the total allocation under the gender budget stands at ₹three lakh crore, which is almost 6.5% of the total expenditure.

New Delhi, Feb 1 (ANI): Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman calls on President Droupadi Murmu prior to presenting the Union Budget 2024, at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on Thursday. (ANI Photo)(President of India-X)
Updated on Feb 04, 2024 12:24 PM IST

When paid period leave is mandatory

We must look beyond legally mandated paid period leave and towards an all-of-society approach.

Civil society can galvanise communities and create voluntary codes around minimum wages, paid weekly leave, overtime allowance, and access to toilet and hygiene facilities for marginalised workers.(Shutterstock)
Published on Dec 29, 2023 10:16 PM IST

To help mothers, rethink the maternity leave policy

There is a need to revisit the 100% employer-funded model of maternity leave, question whether the country is ready for paternity and gender-neutral parental leaves.

India offers 182 days as maternity and 14 days as paternity leave. (HT Archive)
Updated on Jan 06, 2023 08:18 AM IST

Is moral policing the newest deterrent to female labour force participation?

The recent case at St Xavier's University demonstrates that working women need legal protections and functioning institutional mechanisms in place at the workplace. Without this, women may feel discouraged to work.

Kolkata’s St Xavier’s University. (sxccal.edu)
Updated on Aug 19, 2022 12:02 PM IST

What explains the rise in women’s workforce participation during Covid-19?

We found an unusual rise in Workforce Participation Rates among rural women during the pandemic years, which is explained by increases in self-employment. However, we shouldn't be jubilant about this just yet

A shift of the labour force from urban to rural areas was also seen — but only for women. (File Photo)
Published on Jul 05, 2022 12:10 PM IST

Designing a new framework for paid period leaves | Analysis

The key is to ensure that women have space to seek leave but it does not reinforce discrimination against them

The explicit term “period leave” creates a demarcation, rather than allowing it to be a type of sick leave — thereby allowing a judgment to be passed on the severity of the “sickness” or as many women experience in domestic spaces, legitimate complaints getting passed off as “pre-menstrual syndrome”.(SHUTTERSTOCK)
Updated on Aug 25, 2020 07:41 PM IST
ByAparajita Bharti and Mitali Nikore
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