We at CSR believe that the pursuit of knowledge should be a socially relevant activity. We’re dedicated to promoting the interdependence of research, action and sustainable development. As the role of social institutions in processes of social change widens and deepens, it becomes even more vital to relate theory to practice by combining empirical research with action-oriented programs. Research mustn’t be limited to seminar rooms, academic journals and largely uncirculated official documents. Instead, research in the social sciences can be made meaningful to all sectors of society by linking it with programs of sustainable and positive social change.

During our earlier years, we concentrated research on localised problems among the underprivileged: Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, women and the urban poor. More recently, the scope of our research has widened to include national and regional (South Asia) issues. Our research and enquiries address topics of and related to gender, health, violence against women, environment, education, governance, political participation, labour, industry, cyber space and trade. As much as our research work has been appreciated for its scientific rigor, we are also proud of the policy-level recommendations and action-oriented insights that emerge from our findings. CSR’s monographs, books and reports have been well received by social activists, universities and policy-making bodies alike.

Pre-Natal sex selection is one of the leading causes in India for a serious decline in the number of girls under the age of seven. In January 2015, the Government of India (Bhartiya Janata Party, led by Shri. Narendra Modi) launched ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao,’ (BBBP) to address the problem of large scale sex-selective abortions, in the country.

Surrogate motherhood raises difficult ethical, philosophical and social questions. When a monetary transaction takes place, the matter becomes even more complicated: especially in India, where no legal provisions safeguard the interests of the surrogate mother, the child or the commissioning parents-to-be. Hence, with support from National Commission for Women (NCW), CSR’s research department is currently

Save the Girl Child: Achieving Gender Equality by Addressing Sex Selection

Our first Meri Shakti, Meri Beti project involved the direct participation and cooperation of both social actors (from household and community members to non-governmental organizations and community-based organizations) and medical practitioners (doctors, nurses and

Child marriage in India has been practiced for centuries, with children married off before their physical and mental maturity. The problem of child marriage in India remains rooted in a complex matrix of religious traditions, social practices, economic factors and deeply rooted prejudices. Regardless of its roots, child marriage constitutes a gross violation of human rights, leaving physical, psychological and emotional scars for life.

Having successfully completed the initial Meri Shakti, Meri Beti (“My Strength, My Daughter”) project in Delhi, CSR’s research department initiated a similar project in the two Haryana districts with the lowest sex ratios. This second phase of Meri Shakti, Meri Beti took place from May 2009 to April 2010 in collaboration with and thanks to support from

The 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act (CAA) included a provision for a 33% reservation of seats for female politicians in Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs). Therefore, this study was intended to assess the current level of participation of women in Panchayati Raj Institutions and the factors affecting women’s participation.

Viewing the success of Centre for Social Research’s Meri Shakti Meri Beti campaign launched in partnership with Women Power Connect (WPC) in the two lowest sex ratio districts of Haryana (Kurukshetra and Ambala) in 2009, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (GOI) has appreciated CSR’s work, and has assigned it to replicate the project in these 2 districts of Haryana with 20 more villages and 10 blocks.

This project focused on the so-called “glass ceiling” faced by women managers in contemporary India. The near non-existence of data on female managers in India reflects the lack of societal attention allotted to the issue of women in leadership. According to a study by Koshal (2006), for every 100 men, only two women will gain administrative and managerial positions in India.

With decades of experience in addressing pre-natal sex selection (previously termed “female foeticide”), CSR implemented ‘Meri Shakti Meri Beti’ (My Daughter, My Strength) project in 2007 in the three lowest sex-ratio districts of the Delhi namely Najafgarh, Narela and Punjabi

A steady increase in women´s work force participation characterizes the employment scenario in India today. Out of 455.7 million workforce (all ages) women workers numbered 146.9 million, which is 32 per cent of the entire workforce.

CSR has begun the fifth phase of its project “Meri Shakti Meri Beti” to fight against pre-natal sex selection. The project aims at curbing incidents of pre-natal sex selection in the Delhi. The TOR was signed by the German Ambassador to India, Michael Steiner and Director of CSR, Dr. Ranjana Kumari, on 12 February 2013 at the German Embassy.

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Annual Report

Repository of organization's activities since the year 1983. Reports and analysis of activities undertaken for women empowerment and social change.


Annual Report

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Concise brochures of the organization's performance, on a quarterly basis.


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Research Studies

Detailed research reports on Indian women's socio-cultural and legal complexities.


Studies

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Copyrighted publication and books written by Dr. Ranjana Kumari, on the socio-cultural, political and legal problems of Indian women.


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