Articles by Saumya Kalia

Justice Anganwadi Workers (AWWs) Social Security Public Health

Anganwadi Workers and Helpers are Entitled to Basic Social Security: SC

The public health infrastructure rests on the shoulders of thousands of women who impart care labor without access to any social security net.
By Saumya Kalia for The Swaddle on April 27, 2022
Health Medical Care Inaccessibility to Healthcare Deaths

45% of People Who Died in 2020 Had No Medical Care, New Govt Data Shows

Here’s a grim statistic: around 45 out of every hundred people whose deaths were registered in 2020 — the first year of the pandemic — died without receiving any medical attention.
By Saumya Kalia for The Swaddle on May 5, 2022
Women Female Journalists Women in Media Gender-based violence (GBV)

Women in Media Have Come to See Harassment as ‘Part of the Job’: Study

How safe do journalists feel in their field of work? It depends on who you ask. More specifically, it depends on their gender.
By Saumya Kalia for The Swaddle on May 6, 2022
Women Gender-based violence (GBV) Legal Aid Medical Care

More than 98% Survivors of Gender‑Based Violence Don’t Seek Medical Help, Finds NFHS Survey

India’s latest rundown on health infrastructure and access to care remains laden with grim statistics. One takeaway among the findings of the latest National Health and Family Survey speaks of the health-seeking behaviors among survivors of gender-based violence.
By Saumya Kalia for The Swaddle on May 12, 2022
Justice Rehabilitation Prisoners Education

How Books, Literature Can Support Indian Prisoners’ Rehabilitation

We have a task for all of you. In the end of October, the first year of the pandemic, activist Devangana Kalita wrote to people on the outside.
By Saumya Kalia for The Swaddle on May 13, 2022
Health Abortions Access to Healthcare Services Sexual and Reproductive Health

How Travel Distance Decides if Women Get an Abortion

It is indeed a truth both jarring and recurring that distance can determine if, and how, women engage with their pregnancies.
By Saumya Kalia for The Swaddle on May 18, 2022
Environment Sleep Deprivation Climate Change Impact Heat Wave

People Are Sleeping Less Because of High Temperatures Globally, Shows Research

In 2019, playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer imagined a circuit breaker for climate crisis with his play Hibernation: a world where people could plunge into a deep slumber to evade the catastrophe of heatwaves, floods, and extreme weather.
By Saumya Kalia for The Swaddle on May 23, 2022
Urban Smart Cities Climate Crisis Urban Design

India Wants to Build Smart Cities. We Asked Experts if These Urban Designs Can Survive the Climate Crisis.

We live in cities of volatility. Heat waves sweep across parts in a blanket of red and orange, just as easily as devastating floods halt life and livelihood. Droughts, locusts, and natural disasters are becoming frequent and fierce; leaving a city, and its people, to respond to climate crises.
By Saumya Kalia for The Swaddle on June 12, 2022
Women Pregnant Women Banks Exclusion

Many Banks in India Are Denying Work to Pregnant Women, Perpetuating Gender Exclusion

The Indian Bank’s hiring guidelines audaciously refuse to hire pregnant women who have crossed the 12-week mark.
By Saumya Kalia for The Swaddle on June 21, 2022
Women Abortions Access to Abortion Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR)

After Roe V. Wade Overturning, Indians Are Rushing to Prove Their Superiority. Here’s Why That’s Dangerous.

This is a story of a reality sordid and sour, a pride jingoistic and misplaced, and the elimination of a civil right that forever changes the story of women and their bodily autonomy in another country and, arguably, the world over.
By Saumya Kalia for The Swaddle on June 27, 2022