Present - India Lead - Education, Charter for Compassion, Co-Author - Escape Velocity, Writer & Social Activist. Past - DU, Harvard, Telecoms-India and abroad
I was always an over-achiever. When I quit my corporate career to follow my calling, I was gripped by the fear of failure. What would people say, I worried.
"For me, one thing was clear even before we saw it coming, why should my wife bear all the burden? She has been in so much pain."
Very few Indian men will give up their privileges, or stand by women demanding their rights. Her Right to Equality edited by Nisha Agrawal from the Rethinking India Series addresses these issues.
As Indian women, we don’t have an option to sit back and not be a part of Politics - She Leads fills the gap to nurture women for this male bastion.
Meet 3 grassroots champions who are leading educational reforms in their communities; young women who have risen from these very communities.
When schools limp back to normalcy, do we let go of the empowering aspect of digital learning, especially for marginalised girls who have been able to stay in touch with their dreams?
Salma's book Women, Dreaming translated by Meena Kandasamy is about women trying to break free, challenging their fate, and helping each other to put up a fight against patriarchy.
The battle with COVID is treacherous, exhausting, and brutal. But people are good, and help. Resources for COVID, and information to fight this battle.
An HIV infection weakens immunity, worse for pregnant women. Plan India's Project AHANA is helping HIV positive pregnant women stay healthy.
A chat with Sonal Kapoor, Founder-Director Protsahan India Foundation gave some great tips on what to expect when entering the non profit, social sector.
The online learning model is here to stay for a long time, and those most affected are underprivileged girls. Campaign 'Give your used smartphone a second chance' by Saajha will help.
During this Covid-19 pandemic, even if you can't help others, at least you can stop judging and shaming them.
Is online education during the pandemic bringing more stress for Indian women, adding to their domestic and work duties? Where are the fathers?
Time for all of us to live in the present and be grateful to the small joys of life. A new normal awaits us. We need to be resilient and embrace it.
An ode to all working women jugglling between home and work from home.
With all domestic help absent in the current times, the poet had to step up to do what she had never been enamoured of, and surprisingly found herself falling in love!
“People ask me the benefit of my work or what do I get out of it," says Alka Gujnal, a single woman army who works to get sex workers of Budhwarpeth in Pune, their dignity as human beings.
From a model to Miss India 1979, to an actor, to a theatre artiste, to now an acclaimed life skills educator and a teachers' trainer, Dr Swaroop Rawal nee Sampat has worn many hats in her journey.
Education need not be only about marks and ranks, and should not stigmatise working moms who cannot find time to push their kids towards these.
Along with the fees hike, there are other questions from the perspective of women students which need answers in the context of JNU impasse situation.
LM is enjoying this new exposure, and DM has already made his verdict - Social media will be the harbinger of Pralaya for the lesser mortals!
What would the life of the daughters or sisters, or any other girls in the families of your domestic help be if they had better opportunities? Let's find out by talking to 4 gutsy girls who did it.
"Not for me," said this author about KarvaChauth, a tradition that discriminates against women. But the golden middle she has found is really lovely - her mom in law champions it, too!
Written brilliantly by the New York Times bestselling author Julian Guthrie, Alpha Girls is a compelling read for everyone, and a must-read for Indian women interested in a career.
A victim of child marriage herself, today, R. Sundari’s story reveals not just her commitment to children’s growth, but the power of the Anganwadi system in India.
Neha hesitated to answer. It had been almost five years of being on a break now. She had tried to work it out after Myra’s each significant milestone and had failed every time.
The first session of the recently elected 17th Lok Sabha is going to end soon, but there is no plan yet, to table the Women's Reservation Bill, making us wonder if this was just another election gimmick!
Change at the grassroots level is slow, but working to lead this change can be a satisfactory and joyous journey, as these 3 women prove with their work.
After a diagnosis and fight against one of the rarest of cancers, ex-supermodel Lisa Ray has published a book Close to the Bone, about her journey back to herself. A chat with her on the occasion.
With the birth of a child, a mother also takes birth..and together they bond and explore the joys of this relationship.
Bhawani Valmiki, popularly known as Bhawani ma, is a transgender candidate contesting the 2019 elections from Allahabad. Here are some of her thoughts as the AAP candidate.
Bilkis Bano's case is a fine example of the victory of a woman’s undeterred courage and resolve over a gross attempt of violation of women’s rights and the apathy of the state!
Indian women are used to getting empty promises, but are we willing to sit quietly without significant provisions for women in the 2019 elections (and no guarantee of a follow-through)? Let's take a look at what the parties offer.
There are only 12% of women in Indian Parliament, an abysmal number. As candidates are being given tickets, here's a call out for more women's representation.
Natasha Badhwar’s new book Immortal for a Moment holds a promise for every reader while ostensibly being a personal narrative of the author.
Yesterday, 12th February 2019, SHAKTI was launched. A Citizens’ Movement to change how women are represented in national and state level politics and governance, and here are my key takeaways.
I was part of a celebration by Yes to Life Foundation on World Cancer Day, 4th Feb 2019, and came away with many stories of strength that are inspiring.
Escape Velocity: Not all that spins away is lost, not all that comes home is familiar, is an anthology that has come together after months of work by a group of writers, a great example of how a sisterhood works.
Feminism and gender equality, says Anjali Sharma, always start at home. And to this end, she has many essential and deep conversations with her young daughter. Here, we're given a peek into those.
Shruti Sharma Anand and Neeti Leekha Chhabra prefer to be called Breast Cancer winners, and are the force behind Yes to life, an initiative for helping those whose lives this cancer has touched.
Called the 'architect of educational reforms in Delhi Government schools' in recent years, Atishi tells us about her vision and work in a very warm, engaging interview.
Everybody talks about feminism. But how many of them are aware of its true meaning and what it actually stands for?
Sustainable change occurs when a community owns it. Read the engaging stories of such grassroot champions – community warriors who won the Plan India Impact Awards 2018.
Noted Actor and Activist Shabana Azmi spoke with Women’s Web about her journey as a social activist, her NGO, Mijwan Welfare Society as well as her thoughts on gender equality, crime against women and Feminism. Read more!
“Thank God, I have boys – it’s tough for parents with girls today.” I remembered this comment in the light of the recent Thomson Reuters study on women's safety around the world.
Do we really encourage our children to follow their hearts? Or do we force them to dance to the tunes that move ours?
INDIRA by Devapriya Roy and Priya Kurian promises to be a treat for kids with its fresh approach to a holistic view of History that can keep them engaged.
A parent writes about her experience with the saga that is Delhi Nursery Admissions and how she is maneuvering through this path filled with roadblocks!
The ubiquitous rat race, the night outs. The closer she came towards starting her second innings, the more unsure was she if that’s what she wanted to do in the second innings of her life as a returning mom!
Are you one of those who has spent countless minutes following the news around the Virushka wedding? This unabashed fan mail will resonate with you!
Smog, petitions, noise, shocks, and revelations– a lot has happened last month! Let’s listen to what our own Delhi has to say to everyone in her newsletter.
A first of its kind – The Gender Vulnerability Index (GVI) by Plan India brings forth some startling revelations about the status of women and girls.
My Daughter's Mum by Natasha Badhwar is a must read for any woman, as a daughter as well as a mother - a book that speaks of many aspects of being a woman today.
Do you, as a parent, succumb to the call of pressure cooker parenting? The rat race that we all seem to be running and making our kids run?
Content with the 'premium' badge of reputed schools, we have closed ourselves off from questioning schools - or anything else. It's time to light the flame!
Her life had taken her far away from the dreams of her youth. But her husband and friend together planned a surprise for her - a long overdue birthday gift!
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