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Dowries have been illegal in India since 1961, but the practice of a bride’s family gifting money to a groom’s is still widespread in many parts of the country. The dowry system inevitably marginalises poor Indian women, who become financial liabilities and are pressured to marry landowning suitors while they are still teenage girls. After My Garden Grows follows 16-year-old Monika as she learns basic agricultural techniques through a programme called the Girls Project, aimed at empowering West Bengali women to avoid child marriage and improve their social standing through financial independence.
Director: Megan Mylan
Design and fashion
The mundane becomes mesmerising in this deep dive into segmented displays
Tour the European architecture that dreamed of a wondrous, fictitious China
Trek alongside spiritual pilgrims on a treacherous journey across Pakistan
Thinkers and theories
Photographs offer a colonialist window to the past – one that must be challenged
Animals and humans
An artist and ants collaborate on an exhibit of ‘tiny Abstract Expressionist paintings’
How a curious question about colouring maps changed mathematics forever
The rise and fall of Kowloon Walled City, Hong Kong’s infamous urban monolith
When aggression is viewed as brilliance, it hurts women in science, and science itself
From God’s shoes to satellites in heaven – children weigh in on religion