The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are proof that the conversation on the intersectionality between economic, social and environmental change has finally come of age and is now hard to ignore. T...
India is all set to test the assumption that the “youth bulge” is a source of demographic dividend and an economic advantage. The assumption is that greater the number of people in an economy who work, save and pay taxes, the higher will be the economic growth. Recently, three young girls seem to have tested the assumption with their bodies. Their verdict is that all things remaining the same, the demographic dividend may be on life support.
Once content to work hard behind the scenes, civil society has been pushed to the wall and has no choice but to assert that its actions and struggles for a more participatory democracy are responsible for almost every lasting transformative change in Indian society.
In India, the debate between sex workers and anti-trafficking campaigners is getting louder with the recent unveiling of the draft Anti Trafficking Bill (2016) by the Ministry of Women and Child Development. I first started working with understanding the issues of sex workers in 1996, and later went on to lead a national programme on the prevention of trafficking and HIV in India. Based on my observations, here are the two reasons why this head-on clash of rights is fundamentally flawed.
I was hoping I would never have to write this. That no one would have to write this, ever. UNAIDS and civil society campaigners have had a special relationship of trust and collaboration. But now that relationship seems to have chipped. Irreparably, even. Two shockingly contradictory statements have emerged after the adoption of the2016 Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS by Member States of the UN at the recently concluded UN General Assembly Special Session last week.