Women shift gears in motorcycle culture: ‘It’s about being on the front of the bike’

Riding motorcycles and the culture around it, with the talk of “bitch seats” and women as “property”, has seldom seemed very conducive to the empowerment of women. But, organically and spontaneously through social media – especially Instagram – a new generation of female bikers are finding and inspiring each other with a shared set of…

Captured by cotton: Girls duped into ‘bonded labour’ in India’s textile mills

From her two-room concrete home nestled among the lush coconut plantations of southern India, housewife Kavita has seen the region’s textile industry flourish for a decade, thanks to the labour of poor, lower caste women like herself. Promising a better life, “agents” have for years visited these poor, rural parts of Tamil Nadu and taken…