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Every weekend, we bring you a list of top incidents across the world, that caught our eye - which we think would be relevant to every woman out there.
Can providing land rights to women ease poverty & child malnutrition?
If nations as small as Nepal and Nicaragua can mitigate malnutrition and help women with land ownership, so can we! When it comes to gender equality and child nutrition, India’s progress is long overdue. What is a robust GDP supposed to do, if not provide stability to the nation? The Guardian says that providing land rights for women can help ease India’s child malnutrition crisis.
Finally, Saudi women hear “Your time has come!” In retail stores, that is. Yes, if you must know, no woman in Saudi Arabia was allowed to be involved in any retail activity, even in lingerie stores. Not anymore. When 28,000 women apply for sales jobs, even the government can’t prevent them from working in stores and breaking the lingerie ceiling as the New York Times states!
If you’re an Indian citizen, shaadi.com must have come up at home or in your surroundings. You might have used the website and even its services. One of their killer services (to promote awareness concerning dowry-related abuses!) includes a Facebook application called Angry Brides where the player is an Indian wife who gets to beat her husband with pans and rolling pins. Is this a proactive step towards social awareness and woman empowerment or one that suggests a great intensity of sexist intentions, asks Nicole.
Another media disaster! If you’re a woman and watch advertisements, you must have sensed objectification at one point or another. Well, Kate will take your mind to a place where you’ve been before and it is not pretty (as those ads often suggest!).
Spread awareness concerning abortion rates! The Feminist Majority Foundation Blog says, “The declining abortion trend we had seen globally has stalled,” and we’re responsible for such an occurrence, too. With unsafe abortion clinics and increasing insistence on morning after pills (instead of regular contraceptives), Indian women have nowhere to go. Do your bit and help the others.
Pimps have turned to the web to sell girls, reports the New York Times. Not sure if this has happened in India yet (or has gotten media coverage yet), but is very much possible considering the number of girls and web-users. Despite being news from a different country, it is information nonetheless, to pre-save you and those you know!
Family dynamics are not the same everywhere, and they are especially diverse in India. This post on Parent Tree talks about the gap between abusive parents who have grown old and their children.
Tired about hearing all this talk about following celebrities’ mantra to lose weight? Bkhush’s light take on it will cheer you up with its funky humor and sarcastic commentary against publicized body figures and lifestyles.
Do we still follow the traditional norms of wearing bindi, bangles, sindoor and mangalsutrra? If yes, why do we? This post on Bkush gives you a chance to see how the progressive image of women is hampered by this constant need of marriage symbols.
*Photo credit: Partha Sarathy Sahana (Used under the Creative Commons Attribution License)
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He said that he needed sometime to himself. I waited for him as any other woman would have done, and I gave him his space, I didn't want to be the clingy one.
Trigger Warning: This deals with mental trauma and depression, and may be triggering for survivors.
I am someone who believes in honesty and trust, I trust people easily and I think most of the times this habit of mine turns into bane.
This is a story of how a matrimonial website service turned into a nightmare for me, already traumatized by the two relationships I’ve had. It’s a story for every woman who lives her life on the principles of honesty and trust.
This can have a drastic effect on other victims of domestic violence. It will also encourage the abuser that they can now threaten their victim that he/she may end up like Amber Heard on the internet.
The lives of actors, be they from Hollywood or Bollywood, trouble my peace. Though they are worshipped by their fans, the real-life of many is quite troubled. It is scary to see what money and fame can do to a person. These are the people who have made me realize that fame and money are not that important.
I usually try to avoid reading about actors and their lives but there is no escape when the internet gets flooded with news and you come across it again and again as it happened with Aryan Khan’s arrest, Will Smith slapping Chris Rock, or now Amber Heard v/s Johnny Depp case.
We clearly see the pattern of uncivilized society in the above-mentioned cases where the mass verdict is passed even before the jury or judge passes the sentence. Usually, there is no middle ground for these people who are just there to make a topic trending on the internet. One is black and the other is white, there are no shades of grey for these modern-day witch hunters.