Women in India often hear from an early age that they shouldn't be out in public without a purpose and a place to go. And certainly they shouldn't be out late at night without the company of a man. "Don't loiter," they're urged. But a group of women in Mumbai is challenging that notion by going on late-night walks together and just hanging out. Rhitu Chatterjee tags along for a "loitering session" that manages to feel both sinister and uplifting.
In September 1995, government delegates (including then-First Lady Hillary Clinton) and NGO activists gathered in Beijing for the Fourth World Conference on Women. They agreed on an historic framework to raise the status of women, and a big part of that was aimed at reforming discriminatory laws. Here are some of the worst laws against women still on the books, and some hopeful examples of change.
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