We live in a world where news is instantaneous; headlines on the BBC app, a tweet from the times, an Instagram story from the Huffington post all of which can be received in seconds anytime and anywhere in the world. So fourteen years after India’s first and only feminist newspaper Khabar Lahariya was launched it has reached a monumental milestone in forging its place into the world stage of news and going digital.

 

The paper, which is produced in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar, by women from local villages, can now reach audiences in the digital sphere, reporting on both local and regional news focusing on stories affecting women throughout the country. Since turning its fortnightly publication into a digital dialect including video reports and direct social media updates its circulation has risen stratospherically from 50,000 to 700,000. Proving these days, the power of the page is strongest on screen.

 

Although this new platform brings with it bigger digital competitors, the women in charge are not fazed by the challenge. They are determined to establish themselves as a voice for women and women’s issues, in a country that boasts over 350 million people with access to the internet. Yet technical hurdles do still avail and some female reporters are struggling to connect to 3G in order to deliver their stories. However, the ever increasing funding is moulding a new business model for the paper and thus hopefully enabling a way to overcome the problems of connectivity they continue to face.

 

The inspiring stories arising from the female founders of Khabar Lahariya are a testament to the power of women across the world in making their voice heard. Co-founder Shalini Joshni founded the paper with the intention of proving women could take their place in the mainframe of national journalism and encourage them to find a form of independence through the written word. Their endeavour continues to give women around the country an independent voice they can use to share their experiences and points of view and with their milestone move too digital they can continue to inspire and forge a new path for the women of India. 

A story that proves female power is on the move into the future. 

Published by Alexandra Keates