Women make up nearly half of India’s population but equitable access to the essentials of life — a good education, adequate healthcare and fruitful livelihood opportunities — are beyond far too many of them.
The scales are tilted and what is surely the stronger sex has been rendered weak by intergenerational, widespread and deep-rooted discrimination.
The numerous women-centric programmes of the Tata Trusts are an effort to battle the bias, to nurture inclusion instead of exclusion, to lend a hand by helping women help themselves. The rural reaches of India are the setting for a majority of these programmes, simply because that’s where the need is greatest.
Our cover story tracks the progress of, and the impact made by, seven initiatives where women are the principal protagonists — as entrepreneurs, leaders and creators of their destiny.
These women have made a mark in the spheres of health, energy and livelihoods, carving out a space for their ability, hard work and commitment to find expression.