International Womens Day

Issues faced by women in India

For decades now, women in India have been living a harsh and difficult lifestyle. According to data from the National Crime Records Bureau, crimes against women have increased by 34% over the last 4 years (2011-2015), cruelty by husbands and relatives being the most widely reported crime. A closer look reveals that Uttar Pradesh (35,527), West Bengal (33,218) and Maharashtra (31,126) have the highest number of crimes against women.

On a more positive note, crime rates have fallen between 2014-2015 by 3.1%.

Women face an equally difficult situation when it comes to employment. Their participation has fallen by 10% over the last decade. A meagre 27% of India's workforce is female, far below the world average of 50% (World Bank). Additionally, 63% of working women are employed as helpers on farms.

Celebrating International Women's Day

Every person has a role to play in driving better outcomes for women. Through meaningful celebration and targeted bold action, we can all be responsive and responsible leaders in creating a more gender inclusive world.

This International Women's Day (IWD), March 8, the theme is 'Be Bold for Change' - for a better working, more inclusive and gender equal world.

The World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap will close only in year 2186. This is too long to wait. Around the world, IWD 2017 provides an important opportunity for ground breaking action that can truly drive greater change for women.

In commemoration of this day, Plan India aims to:

- Celebrate the achievements of women in Plan India communities because visibility and awareness help drive positive change for women

- Highlight and declare bold actions to help progress the gender agenda because purposeful action can accelerate gender parity across the world

#BeBoldForChange Photo Contest

An online photo contest has been announced on our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), open to entries from all persons, especially our followers and supporters.

Entrants will be tasked with capturing a photograph that demonstrates the theme - #BeBoldForChange.

The image should capture an act of boldness and be accompanied by a brief, 40 word description of the person/activity pictured.

Download the Terms & Conditions here