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Flawed New Proposals to Reform Child Labor Law in India

Flawed New Proposals to Reform Child Labor Law in India

July 9, 2015

by Angela Duger and Jacqueline Bhabha

“These exceptions strip the reform of its power…”
July 9, 2105. On May 13, 2015, the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Modi, approved some far-reaching changes to India’s child labor laws.[1] This move brings the country one step closer to adopting the 2012 Amendment to the long outdated 1986 Child Labor Act, which has for nearly 30 years regulated child labor throughout India. [2]
According to the 1986 Act, children 14 and under are permitted to work, except in 13 hazardous occupations and 57… Read more about Flawed New Proposals to Reform Child Labor Law in India

Social Protection and Human Rights

Social Protection and Human Rights

July 7, 2015

The Social Protection and Human Rights platform promotes awareness of human rights based approaches to social protection. Its aim is to encourage critical thinking about current systems of social protection and to help bridge gaps between policy and practice.

Established in 2013, the platform is an initiative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).… Read more about Social Protection and Human Rights

Solitary Confinement & Mental Illness: Letter to the Editor & Author Response

Solitary Confinement & Mental Illness: Letter to the Editor & Author Response

July 2, 2015

by Thomas R. Blair and Keramet A. Reiter
Among approximately two million incarcerated people in the United States, fifty percent or more have mental illness.
To the Editors:
Glowa-Kollisch and colleagues present a well-considered and pragmatically impactful examination of “dual loyalty” concerns for mental health professionals in New York City jails.[1] We appreciate their particular… Read more about Solitary Confinement & Mental Illness: Letter to the Editor & Author Response

Financing Health for Women and Children Everywhere

Financing Health for Women and Children Everywhere

June 10, 2015

June 10, 2015. Harvard FXB director Jennifer Leaning, along with Kathleen Hamill and Elizabeth Gibbons, both fellows at the center, participated substantively in the development of Every Woman, Every Child, Every Adolescent, Everywhere: Financing Sexual Reproductive, Maternal , Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health in Every Setting. The report is the outcome of an experts meeting hosted by the World Bank Group and the United Arab Emirates that explored the financial dimensions of the “everywhere” agenda. From the introduction:
“The data on critical trends in preventable mortality makes… Read more about Financing Health for Women and Children Everywhere

A link between paid maternity leave and mental health

A link between paid maternity leave and mental health

May 13, 2015

May 13, 2015 — Paid maternity leave following the birth of a first child appears to have positive benefits on women’s mental health later in life, according to a study published May 2015 in Social Science & Medicine of European women co-authored by Lisa Berkman, Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy and of Epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of… Read more about A link between paid maternity leave and mental health

A good investment on International Women's Day

A good investment on International Women's Day

March 5, 2015

Jeni Klugman is a fellow at the Kennedy School of Government’s Women in Public Policy Program at Harvard University, where she is teaching a course on gender inequality and development. Purnima Mane is the president and CEO of Pathfinder International, an NGO devoted to advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights globally. The authors are participating in a panel discussion titled “Smart Economics: Women’s Reproductive Health” at the Chicago… Read more about A good investment on International Women's Day