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Indira Jaising, the first woman to be appointed as the Additional Solicitor General of India in 2009 inspires us with her commitment to human rights.
Indira Jaising, noted Indian lawyer, became the first woman to be appointed as the Additional Solicitor General of India in 2009.
By Vyshali R. Mallya
She was also the second woman to be designated as a senior advocate by the High Court of Bombay in 1986 (the first was Sohini Nanavati)
Jaising has argued several cases relating to discrimination against woman including Mary Roy’s landmark case for giving Syrian Christian women in India equal property rights. She also argued IAS officer Rupan Bajaj Deol’s case which was one of the first cases of sexual harassment, successfully prosecuted. Another notable case was that of Githa Hariharan, which finally led to the verdict that a mother is also the ‘natural guardian’ of her minor children.
Jaising has also argued the case of the Bhopal gas tragedy victims and that of homeless pavement dwellers of Mumbai facing eviction.
She was conferred with the Rotary Manav Seva Award in recognition of her services to the nation in fighting corruption and as a champion of the weaker sections of the society, and given the Padma Shree by the President of India in 2005 for her service to the cause of public affairs.
She is currently a member of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women.
Why we find her inspiring:
– From the beginning of her legal career, she has focused on the protection of human rights, rights of women and those of the poor working class.
– She has fought against child labour, for the economic rights of women, estranged wives and domestic violence victims.
– For breaking many glass ceilings in the legal profession and serving as a role model to young women in the practice of law in India.
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We need to stop stereotyping women's bodies, and also be more sensitive towards our children who are growing up with terrible self-confidence leading to loneliness and depression.
When Kate Winslet said, “Young women should enjoy their life instead of worrying about how they look,” it stuck a cord with me. I am one of those women who struggle with body image issues in a society heavily influenced by unrealistic beauty standards and societal expectations, and Kate’s statement was empowering.
I grew up listening to unsolicited advice about wearing clothes a size bigger than what I wear; everyone took a free ride to comment about my bra and how big it was. I have spent most of my life loathing how I look—my size, weight, clothes, appearance, skin tone, and hair. This isn’t because I’m not too fond of how I appear, but rather because I’ve been told repeatedly by most trusted people around me that I have one or more flaws.
It is imperative that, as a society, we shed our stereotypical thought not just to support women but also our children who are growing up with terrible self-confidence leading to loneliness and depression. We can significantly impact our mental health and well-being by fostering a culture of compassion, understanding, and empowerment.
Here are some online tools for startups to use for their tech needs for organising work, mind mapping, ideation, etc.
Most startups are bootstrapped, the budget is low, there is no funding, startups need some support and excellent tools to run the show. The team may be working at one place or the team is spread across the globe, but the team needs to brainstorm. Brainstorming can be fun. Listing few resources which a startup or entrepreneurs can use for brainstorming.
Bubbl.us is an interesting tool which is useful to take notes, brainstorm and organize new ideas, collaborate, and capture thoughts. It allows you to avoid distraction by focusing on task, to collaborate and share with friends, families, team and social media. Essentially no hassle of downloading any app, works on mobile and desktop. You can use the basic plan to explore and later subscribe for at $4.91/month, $59 billed annually.
Miro offers the quickest, easiest way for teams to capture, organize and visualize thoughts, solutions, ideas across the team. Other than brainstorming, it can be used for project planning, creating organizational charts and sales strategies. It runs on all devices: mobile, tablet, desktop or interactive display.
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