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‘I Once Fell Unconscious Due To The Stress. I Had To Do It All On My Own.’

A young law school student in India considers placing her dreams on hold as she tries to balance the responsibility of having to care for sick family members, managing a household, and pursuing her education.

New Delhi: ‘ In A Situation Of Life Or Death, This Was My Only Option.’

Women in India are turning to the black market to source life-saving COVID-19 supplies for their family members.

Garbhe, Madhya Pradesh: ‘My Wife Was So Brave. She Looked At Me And Said There’s No Need To Worry Now.’

In response to the pandemic’s devastating second wave, medical resources—like ambulances—are getting diverted to COVID-stricken towns, complicating care for pregnant women in rural parts of India.

New Delhi: ‘That 22-Year-Old Priya on Instagram’

Feeling compelled to do something, young people are springing up social media groups to swap leads on oxygen cylinders and other health care needs during India's COVID crisis.

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand: ‘You Keep Questioning Yourself’

Surbhi Dasbegan to feel that India was losing control of COVID earlier this month when seven of her colleagues and three patients tested positive for the virus.

Panaji, Goa: ‘They Haven’t Called Me Back’

At the Panjim Market in Goa, some local vendors seem unconcerned about COVID-19's second wave across India.

Nagpur, Maharashtra: ‘We Are Carrying A Massive Guilt’

A 26-year-old resident doctor finds herself struggling to assist with the surging number of people sick and dying from COVID-19 at Government Medical College and Hospital in Nagpur.

Chennai, Tamil Nadu: ‘What Has to Happen Will Happen’

In Asha Mutha's multigenerational household, the paranoia unleashed by India's first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has been replaced by fatalism of the second wave. “What has to happen will happen,” Mutha says, with a…

India’s Suffering Female Farmers Have the Most to Lose

Activists say India’s farm reforms have been pushed through without input from key stakeholders—including female farmers. With virtually no power to negotiate, they fear they’ll face further disempowerment under the new laws.

This woman is fighting to save Bangladesh’s oldest brothel

The light was still dim when Monowara Begum (pictured) shuffled into her sandals and began her morning patrol. With a slight wheeze, the 44-year-old paced the alleyways, scowling behind gold-rimmed glasses as she listened for…

As India’s Credit Sector Falters, So Do Women’s Livelihoods

India’s microfinance sector promises to empower income-insecure women. But it is widening the gap between men and women’s access to opportunity.
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