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A collection of links to note-worthy issues relating to women.
Studies and statistics on women at work, a woman who turned her passion into a flourishing business, battling sexual harassment in public spaces – get to know what’s been happening in the world of women this week!
What keeps Indian women at work from moving up the corporate ladder? This news piece on IBN live is an indicator that certain unsaid rules about women and their domestic duties needs to undergo some drastic change.
In other heartening news Facebook declared Sheryl Sandberg as its first Woman Director. Good news though it is, let’s hope to see more women at the top in all industries!
Devanshi Patel, a student of Stanford University writes about ‘Generating Women’s Leadership‘ which she rightly describes as a global problem. A brief and informative analysis of statistics in the article but what strikes as a keynote for all to take away is conveyed in her concluding consolation- “So while some more time and awareness (as well as some friendly nudges, like this infographic) may be needed for women to penetrate the exclusive walls of mainstream media, we can harness the power that we do hold, in the form of social media, in order to make sure we are no longer unheard.”
“The decline in the sex ratio became apparent in the 2001 census. Since then, many steps have been implemented to control the decline. Things have got worse, however, and this raises questions on the effectiveness of policies and implementation of law.” Indeed something to give thought to, according to a comprehensive report on female child – hatred in the Fountain Ink magazine by Ravinder Bawa.
Concerned about your health? Want to know more about how your lifestyle habits affect your well-being? Not to worry, help is just a click away! Check out this Real Age test which calculates your biological age by taking your current health data as parameters. Worth a try and if nothing else, will keep you entertained for a while!
The Indian Homemaker shares on her blog an outrageous story of a lady who suffered on a metro train. A shocking story which highlights the insensitivity that abounds in India regarding sexual harassment. (The blogger name was wrongly listed; we’ve corrected it now, thanks @Unmana for alerting us!)
It’s a great time for women to get creative and that’s exactly what Anne Rakesh, a new mommy decided to do. What started off as a small hobby turned into a business and Happy Knots was born. Her tale only proves that every woman out there carrying a passion in her heart can make it big if she can develop upon the resources given to her.
And finally, Shukla Bose’s tale of success in helping children from less affluent backgrounds to have a good education is heartening and reassuring to hear. An insightful excerpt from the article featured in Ultraviolet: “At that time we literally walked the slums,” she recalls. “I learned the names of 850 children. Each child needs to feel important and known by its name. The kids told me about their locale – whether there was a school, a medical care facility anywhere nearby, et cetera.” The best school, she felt, would offer a secular environment, one in which people felt free and equal.
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Aishwarya Rajamani is an undergraduate student by day and a writer otherwise. She reads passionately and dreams like an utopian idealist. And she wishes for a world where women can walk free in the true read more...
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I huffed, puffed and panted up the hill, taking many rest breaks along the way. My calf muscles pained, my heart protested, and my breathing became heavy at one stage.
“Let’s turn back,” my husband remarked. We stood at the foot of Shravanbelagola – one of the most revered Jain pilgrimage centres. “We will not climb the hill,” he continued.
My husband and I were vacationing in Karnataka. It was the month of May, and even at the early hour of 8 am in the morning, the sun scorched our backs. After visiting Bangalore and Mysore, we had made a planned stop at this holy site in the Southern part of the state en route to Hosur. Even while planning our vacation, my husband was very excited at the prospect of visiting this place and the 18 m high statue of Lord Gometeshwara, considered one of the world’s tallest free-standing monolithic statues.
What we hadn’t bargained for was there would be 1001 granite steps that needed to be climbed to have a close-up view of this colossal magic three thousand feet above sea level on a hilltop. It would be an understatement to term it as an arduous climb.
Why is the Social Media trend of young mothers of boys captioning their parenting video “Dear future Daughter-in-Law, you are welcome” deeply problematic and disturbing to me as a young mother of a girl?
I have recently come across a trend on social media started by young mothers of boys who share videos where they teach their sons to be sensitive and understanding and also make them actively participate in household chores.
However, the problematic part of this trend is that such reels or videos are almost always captioned, “To my future daughter-in-law, you are welcome.” I know your intentions are positive, but I would like to point out how you are failing the very purpose you wanted to accomplish by captioning the videos like this.
I know you are hurt—perhaps by a domestic household that lacks empathy, by a partner who either is emotionally unavailable, is a man-child adding to your burden of parenting instead of sharing it, or who is simply backed by overprotective and abusive in-laws who do not understand the tiring journey of a working woman left without any rest as doing the household chores timely is her responsibility only.
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