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Landesa partners with the state and national governments and organizations to help poor, rural women and men gain secure rights to land and the opportunity to build a better future.


Field Focus Blog

Rituals of marriage create untold suffering for millions of widows in India

November 22, 2020

The ideal of a married woman decorated with sindoor, sakha, and bichiya is romanticized through legend and folklore; steeped in this culture, women themselves see value in these rituals. Millions of women in India do not even imagine that these discriminatory and patriarchal rituals are not supernaturally ordained and blind them to the reality that the revered status given to suhagins causes untold suffering to any woman (widow) who does not fit the ideal.

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Staff Spotlight: Sudipta Biswas

November 10, 2020

Learn more about Sudipta Biswas, Landesa Program Manager based in our Kolkata, India office.

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Field Focus Blog

The name game: How women get erased in rural India

October 15, 2020

On International Day of Rural Women, Shipra Deo shares stories from her work in rural India about the power of names — how they contribute to a person’s identity, affect the right to vote, and even uphold patriarchy.

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