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Good Indian girls don't stand up for themselves. Or do they? Tell us your story, participate in the 'I Stood Up' Women's Web Blogathon!
Good Indian girls don’t stand up for themselves. Or do they? Tell us your story, participate in the ‘I Stood Up’ Women’s Web Blogathon!
Our society insists that we women ought to behave like a “good Indian girl”, to adjust and to keep our opinions to ourselves – or better still, not have any opinions of our own at all. But many of us don’t agree.
We decide that enough is enough and we find the courage and conviction from somewhere deep within us to stand up – against injustice, against harassment, against discrimination, against oppression, against inequality, against prejudice.
Have you had such a moment when you stood up? Presenting the ‘I Stood Up’ blogathon! Write about a situation in your life when you stood up – for yourself or for another.
[UPDATE: Blogathon winners announced)
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
1. Write a post on your own blog or website on the theme, ‘I Stood Up’. Make sure you include the include a link to this contest announcement article.
2. Drop in a comment here with a link to your post – just to make sure we don’t miss your entry.
Contest open from 17th to 25th July 2012 (9 p.m. IST)
The top 3 best entries will each be awarded Rs.500 worth Flipkart vouchers.
3 runners-up will be awarded a Women’s Web mug each.
1. You can participate from anywhere in the world and write more than 1 entry if you wish – for purposes of judging for prizes though, we can count only one per blogger.
2. Blog posts that don’t link to this page will not be eligible for prizes
3. Entries that do not respect the spirit of the competition and are the result of any activities such as spurious/multiple blogs for claiming prizes will be rejected. Judges’ decision on the winners is final.
Want to add the cool contest logo to your page? Just copy-paste this code into the html view on your post editor!
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"I chose to go out into the remote, wild, unknown, and make it home," says entrepreneur Kiranjeet Ahluwalia Chaturvedi, who owns Birdsong & Beyond.
The story of my mountain home Birdsong & Beyond started taking shape in 2009, on the internet, the way many stories do these days.
My childhood fascination for a life in the Himalayas led to an internship with a central Himalayan NGO instead of a much prized corporate assignment. But when they offered me a full-time job, I refused. I was overcome by fear and a lack of confidence.
My other longings pulled me away – the longing to fit in, to earn validation from others. By my mid-30s, with all the trappings of a middle-class urban life in place, the call of the snows couldn’t be ignored anymore. So I got to work on it with clearer intentions and a stronger sense of what I needed for myself, and why.
Many Indian elderly are firm believers in enslaving a daughter-in-law in the name of tradition which is actually a tradition of oppression and not of religious faith.
Albeit, the popular culture has interpreted scriptures as suggesting that Kanyadaan is the supreme form of donation given to someone, the connotation that the word donation alludes to definitely objectifies the girl.
Even when the exegesis justify the act of giving away the daughter, considering it a ritual to mark the initiation of the daughter into her husband’s gotra and her becoming the part of his family tree.
There is no denial of the fact that this initiation is not required on the part of the groom thereby formally denoting the end of the filial ties with the daughter as it was popularly instructed to the bride during the Vidai ceremonies:
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