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Issues Facing the Women…

Posted on 19 February 2010 by

Finalist in WLP’s Youth Essay Contest Group 1: 14-18 Years
Pavani, India

My aunt was uneducated. Her name was Shanthi. She had a husband and a family of one girl and one boy. Now they are working. They are educated. They are working and earning money. One girl has recently married. By my aunt did not go to school because her mother died at a very young age. So she had to work in the home and had some problems. That’s why she couldn’t go to school and why she was uneducated.

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Implementing CEDAW: India and Women’s Political Participation

Posted on 18 December 2009 by

Article 7 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) states “Parties shall take all appropriate measures to eliminate discrimination against women in the political and public life of the country…”

India is one of the countries that have ratified the treaty. While we have expressed reservations on Articles 5(a), 16(1), 16(2), and 29, we are supposedly fully endorsing Article 7. But as anyone who has been following our Women’s Quota Bill and its convoluted route knows this endorsement is more of a concept and less of a reality.

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Wikipedia’s Growth Stalling?

Posted on 29 September 2009 by

Yesterday’s Time magazine has an intriguing question: Is Wikipedia a Victim of Its Own Success?

Up until about two years ago, Wikipedians were adding, on average, some 2,200 new articles to the project every day. The English version hit the 2 million — article mark in September 2007 and then the 3 million mark in August 2009 — surpassing the 600-year-old Chinese Yongle Encyclopedia as the largest collection of general knowledge ever compiled (well, at least according to Wikipedia’s entry on itself).

But Wikipedia peaked in March 2007 at about 820,000 contributors; the site hasn’t seen as many editors since.

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Mobile Technology 4 Social Change Camp in Bangalore, India on Sep 4, 2009

Posted on 25 September 2009 by

Mobile phones have changed the technology landscape and international development in ways never imagined before. In 1984, an Apple Macintosh with an 8 MHz CPU and 128 k RAM cost $2495. The 16.5 lbs behemoth however cannot hold a candle to 2009’s iPhone with 16-32 GB which costs $250 and weighs a measly 4.8 oz (0.3 lbs). From text messaging to cameras, from GPS and location-awareness to MP3 players, the device continues to shrink even as its capabilities expand.

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