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April » 18
Over the last three years, I find myself reading a LOT more non-fiction than fiction. On writing. On meditation. On time management. As a consequence of which, I’m late to the party in terms of reading the big, famous fiction titles – such as Gone Girl, which recently made its way to my home. Have(…)
The incident of a woman being shamed publicly for breastfeeding her infant on a train has left us shell-shocked. 32-year-old Swapna Kulkarni Ajgaonkar and her husband, Amir, were onboard the Deccan Queen on Sunday when like any other mother of an infant, she started breastfeeding her hungry son. Seeing this “scandalous” scene, fellow co-passengers started a grotesque protest.(…)
As a young Indian woman I am acutely aware of the social stigma attached to menstruation in our country. Your periods must not be talked about, your sanitary napkins must be strategically hidden, and you should definitely not put your hand in the pickle jar. But for me, my period is a time when I(…)
The recent case of IIT Delhi implementing a regressive rule on its female students of Himadri hostel — asking them “to wear covered decent western or Indian attire” — is not an isolated one. Indian academic institutions have been imposing such draconian measures for a while now. What IIT Delhi did shows how expecting equal(…)
Starting today, Reel Story Of Gender with Ishmeet Nagpal will analyse how films and programs are communicating gender. Celluloid remains such a powerful medium of positioning thoughts and discourse in the society and yet we don’t leverage it for the appropriate messaging. Hard hitting and honest, that’s Ishmeet’s column for you. From the graceful lips(…)
The sound of the azaan has all of India debating why noise pollution and religion make for such a touchy subject. Across social media, questions are being raised on whether one religious community should be allowed to have loud prayers. Is that about tolerance or about noise pollution? What’s noisy – just the morning prayer or(…)
More than ever before, women today play many different roles in their lives. They are professionals, mothers, spouses, friends, caregivers of elderly relatives and volunteers in communities. Maintaining a balance between family and work is tough enough; to find time for yourself on top of that is nearly impossible. Spending all their time juggling your(…)
While watching the last ever episode of ‘Girls’ this weekend, I realised why Lena Dunham literally speaks my heart out. She is a class apart, and so different from most of the rich and the famous. She is the modern writer/director/actor who isn’t afraid to speak the truth and portray reality on TV. No, not(…)
One wonders if this is for real? Just a few days ago a CBSE text book for students defined the ideal bust-waist size for women. Now another book is objectifying entrepreneurs, talking of ‘good height and complexion.’ Seriously, what’s wrong with us? In Rajasthan’s government schools, books are redefining how to be desirable as entrepreneur. It says(…)
We all talk a lot about choice and one of the biggest choices we make is whether to have kids and when to have kids. These days many women delay having children because they are focussed on their careers, worried about the effects childbirth will have on their body, or simply because its not a(…)
Women face discrimination when it comes to safe public spaces. Safecity organised a photo exhibition and panel discussion during Global Anti- Street Harassment Week to deconstruct the crucial linkages between the freedom to travel and roam, and gendered violence in our session titled: ‘Reclaiming public spaces: Challenges in local transport” in Mumbai. We focussed on(…)
Women at the workplace have experienced harassment at some point or the other — either the unwanted touch or discrimination at large. While earlier, women rarely spoke out against such harassment, thanks to digital media, they are now aggressively coming forward to make their voice heard. It is all out in the open now. Starting(…)
Actor Abhay Deol’s recent social media posts slamming our fairness fixation reminds me of the time when I realised that in India, being fair is a big deal. The year was 2014 and I had just returned to India after living abroad for most of my school and college years. It was a pleasant change for(…)
There are certain character traits that would benefit you immensely if you took the time to develop them. Consider the people you admire the most in the present and from the past. How would you describe them? Could you adopt the same characteristics that make them so successful and admirable? Shilpa Pandey has you covered(…)
If you ask me, I can give you plenty of reasons to NOT get married! And that’s because we want to empower ourselves. Not so long ago, women were ready to “sacrifice” their ambitions to get married to the “prince charming” that they dreamt of their whole life. But that’s not the case now. Today’s(…)
Khao Lak. I’ll admit- it took me a while to even remember the name. Khao (like eat in hindi) and Lak like –well Lak. There! No more, ‘Somewhere near Phuket that starts with K’. So, armed with sunscreen, swimsuits and all things skimpy – I was good to go! Since I’d never actually heard about Khao(…)
The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act 2016, which doubles paid maternity leave to 26 weeks, is being hailed as a historic benefit for working women across the country. However, the Act could lead to a reduction in demand for female employees, and increased discrimination. The Amendment places the entire cost of the increased maternity leave, as(…)
It was right after we finished Ri- Homeland of Uncertainty that we started working on the script of Onaatah – Of The Earth. The seed of the story belongs to the director of the film, Pradip Kurbah. He had met a few rape survivors who had shared their grief with him. The judiciary would take(…)
March » 16
She Leads India is an action packed summit with powerful and moving speakers from India and rest of the world. Women who enrich the world with new ideas, innovations, inspiration and engagement. India’s biggest women’s summit to be held in New Delhi in the month of March 2017, the focus is on women at work,(…)
Over the years I have often been asked, “Who are your role models?”. Unhesitatingly I have always responded with: my mother and Secretary Hillary R. Clinton. I choose my mother for her calm, perseverance and ability to find a solution even in the worst moments. Secretary Clinton resonates with me for her inspirational leadership and(…)
As you’ve no doubt heard, an ex-TVF employee posted on medium.com blaming the CEO of The Viral Fever (TVF) Arunabh Kumar for alleged sexual harassment. Kumar denied the charge and told Mumbai Mirror that the molestation allegations against him are “fake”. Or were they?? What Kumar Says? “I unconditionally and unequivocally deny all these allegations. Social media has already declared me an offender, but(…)
Goaaaaa. That’s where we want to be. The first place India’s youth think of going when the idea of solo travel or a college trip emerges on the scene. And why is that? The legendary stories of the shacks. The chilling at Britto’s by Baga, soaking in the salt and turning a tan, water sports(…)
Mira Rajput, who few people, including me, had heard of is suddenly in the news for her comments about her life choices and especially the statement referring to her role as a mother, “I wouldn’t want to spend one hour a day with her and rush off to work. She is not a puppy, I(…)
Mira Rajput really didn’t need all this publicity did she? A happy stay at home mom, talking down others? The world got to know her when she tied the knot with Shahid Kapur, now she’s giving the world a peek into the person she is? “I am proud of the label of a homemaker.” I(…)
SheThePeople interacts with entrepreneurs from across India all the time through its various events and shows. These interactions have given us insights into these wonderful women’s lives. We get a firsthand account of their journeys and hardships they face. Interaction with over 250 women for this piece, and we have come to conclude that there(…)
A lot of girls openly admit to being “daddy’s little girl.” In fact, it is encouraged for girls to hold this label. I’m sure I’ve said it a lot of times before myself. But at the end of the day, I’m very much a mama’s girl at heart. A mother is a friend, a teacher(…)
It is that time of the year again, and I go into immediate and terrifying flashbacks to my youth. Holi. I think most women have a horror story from Holi celebrations and it always involves men and groping. These are stories that often don’t get told. Because, well, Holi hai. Here’s Kiran Manral in the(…)
In the midst of the morning chaos at home, the incessant ringing of my mobile was irksome. I wanted to ignore the call as I had chores to complete but my toddler brought the handset to me, urging me to receive the call. I sighed and looked at the screen. It was an unknown number(…)
Women entrepreneurship development is the biggest instrument of women empowerment says Swati Bhargava – Co-founder, CashKaro.com Empowerment leads to self-fulfilment and women become aware of where they are going, what their position is in the society and their status. Entrepreneurship not only brings economic stability but also empowers women in more ways. Any development strategy will(…)
Recently, a 36 year old cab driver was burned to death in North East Delhi whilst bystanders stood by recording videos and clicking pictures but no one called for help. This is not an isolated incident but something that seems to be recurring phenomena where most people seem to be mere spectators rather than active(…)
A question that I was asked,” Why do you want to run?” set me off thinking on the reasons. Here are my random musings on Why I run I’m searching for a word: a word that will describe why I want to run. It could be a three or four words or short sentence too. This(…)
Textbook definition of Gender-Equality would be, both men and women enjoying the same rights and opportunities across all the acknowledged arenas of the society. The hopes and aspirations of both are also equally valued. Can we hope to raise our children to be gender sensitive? How do we ensure such a home? Is there a(…)
I have always been aware of all that it takes for immaculate personal grooming. At times a little paranoid about it. Having been an awkward teen I had my own painful induction into what it takes to look good – epilators, glasses, hair straightening, braces – the works. The thing is you would think it(…)
In the last few months we have heard of several successful start-ups struggling to stay afloat. These range from taxi aggregators to e-commerce companies to data intelligence ones. Many of these failures are attributed to irrational incentives in the race to win customers as well as mind-boggling salaries to team members, like Flipkart. Thus creating(…)
February » 16
Let me state right off the bat that the division of labour in our house is most skewed. I do almost nothing. Put it down to laziness or sheet incompetence, but I do the bare minimum that I am required to do with good enough cheer and the occasional grumbling. The spouse does his bit,(…)
I remember the time when I was 6 months pregnant and moved to a new city Mumbai with my husband. Being an Army wife we need to relocate frequently and sometimes it is a challenge to figure out things all over again in a new city. Soon to be first time mom and my mind was(…)
I don’t know why our woman kind has to scream from the roof tops, write blogs, sign petitions for a simple bloody truth- we like sex. We are passionate, we are loving, we can be bad asses in bed. But left upto my darling society in which I HAVE to live and breathe, our gender(…)
Another party and another friend’s daughter getting divorced after a long separation. I see the parents of the young girl. Watch them as they fend off well intended however intrusive questions by friends and relatives. Everyone knew about it but the ‘oh dears’ and ‘what happened?’ continue unabated. The men and women separate. Amber glasses(…)
When I was a bookish fourteen-year old I had a very interesting conversation with one of my friends. She asked me if I had been “proposed” by any boy. Nerd, that I was, I got confused. I asked her if she meant if I had been “teased” by any boy, to which she rather innocently(…)
Sreowshi Sinha talks about her life, her story of becoming a tech entrepreneur and her future plans.
Where are the women? We need you at more conferences! If the question is how? Then here are eight ways of end the saga of missing women at events. Last year we did a study with SheThePeople on the composition of newsroom panels in the Indian television industry and not surprisingly, over 80% of them(…)
Back in the 1960s when Betty Friedan wrote that seminal book, The Feminine Mystique, she set a butterfly into the ethers of gender politics, one which would eventually cause a cyclone later. Many believed that this book was to blame for the sudden spike in dissatisfaction amongst the middle class married woman at the time,(…)
I absolutely love cooking. But the bane of the daily work day can even take away the most energetic of people into a slump, and putting yummy food on the dinner table is the last thing on anyone’s mind. Or think about the college kid who’s moved to a new city and is completely dependent(…)
A close friend of mine… let me just call her my little pixie… said she was going to tell the partners at the young startup she works at that they needed to institutionalise an optional day off for women on the first day of their cycle. After working in the system for 15 years, and(…)
What constitutes Indian attire for women? What’s Dress Like An Indian Woman? A hashtag #DressLikeAnIndianWoman went viral recently, in a way that’s telling of what and how we think. Can clothing make a human more or less of a woman? By Gazal Shekhawat in Pune reports. Diversity In Attire The answer to the first question is(…)
A few days ago I spoke at the Mumbai Global Shapers event on Youth Culture and Being a Millennial in Young India. It sparked interesting conversations, especially given that most of us who are not Millennials but are their employers, colleagues and parents are struggling to understand them and channel their energies. Millennials is a(…)
It was the feminine who emerged first just as the womb symbolises a new creation, a personification of life. Carrying the universal theme, the archetype of creation and procreation, mythology says our world emerged out of the female essence; the Goddess, the Shakti, the Devi. She has many faces, names, moods and emotions. Each has(…)
According to me, it’s been a Calculated Start up friendly budget so far starting from Tax benefits to carry forward for MAT till 15 years. The budget missed direct announcements for E commerce sector when By 2020, Indian E commerce market is estimated to be $119 billion. India will have almost 320 million online shoppers(…)
So if this New Yorker humour piece teaches you anything, it is that journalists need to be asking a whole new host of questions to keep up with this new era we seem to be living in. There was a time I thought a WTH (if not WTF) series was in order — there is so(…)
There is a continued treatment of women as secondary citizens in India. They are often subject to abuse or inferior treatment. The call for women empowerment needs more women to be aware of their rights. In this series on SheThePeople.TV, we look at different laws that regulate rights of women within families. Also Read: Dowry and Dowry Harassment:(…)
January » 31
Almost a month into 2017, Its been a rather uneasy start for me and an absolute dive in to work, life and all that life abounds with. It’s during times of extremes like these (including all the negative news around) that I find myself reminiscing about the impact of the gratitude challenge I took with(…)
More and more women are encouraged to join the workforce, praised for doing so, and expected to juggle multiple responsibilities with elan. But there’s not much give — women can often feel burdened by the pressures at work and at home. Exploitation, some would say! These days, both men and women work in the same(…)
There are some who are born leaders, while some still have to hone their skills in order to reach that pinnacle. Being a leader does not always mean leading a team at work. In fact, a leader is someone who can apply her skills holistically in all fields of living, be it at home or(…)
There is a continued treatment of women as secondary citizens in India. They are subject to abuse, inferior treatment and live in a constant state of preparedness for the next offence that may be committed against them — even within their own homes. The call for women empowerment needs more women to be aware of(…)
Aparna Swarup It was Annie Leibovitz who once remarked that what you will see in my work is that I am not afraid to fall in love with the people I photograph. So when you are a people’s person and you are not afraid to fall in love with them, that’s when and why photography(…)
I remember the fairy tales that I grew up listening to, in which the reward of every princess at the end was a prince charming and a “happily ever after” ending. However what I also realized was, that in every fairy tale the princess, be it Cinderella or Rapunzel, went though their difficult path before(…)
There’s no point pretending you don’t have FOMO when you’re at JLF — there’s inevitably sessions and speakers you miss, whether because they’re cross-scheduled against other enticing options, or you’re up… for a session, or an interview or a mish-mash of the two. The crowds at JLF are legendary and while it can sometimes feel(…)
At the onset, let me acknowledge that everyone is entitled to their own opinions. But maybe within a reason? So, Deepika Padukone went to The Ellen DeGeneres show and spoke about having babies with Vin Diesel. Her followers rejoiced on Twitter for making Indians proud on a global platform. Then Scroll writes an article, critiquing(…)
This year has started off on a somber note for the women and girls of India. Once again we are reminded that we cannot take anything for granted, not our safety, our human rights or our lives. There was the terrible mass molestation of women on New Year’s Eve in Bangalore on MG Road and(…)
Women leaders across the world suggest that women’s education is the answer for all the issues involving gender-inequality. Kiran Bedi, however, begs to differ. She says imparting education to women without imbibing a sense of courage in them is futile. [( Picture Credit: Hindustantimes.com)] We realized that while education was helping us grow and see(…)
I still remember the day we were taught the lyrics of the famous song “Kar Chale Hum Fida” by Kaifi Azmi. The song was a part of my VIII class syllabus. Every morning, we were made to sing this before the commencement of the classes. Its been years now, this mellifluous patriotic song still reverberates(…)
A very happy new year to everyone. Another year gone, another year with fulfilled dreams and promises and one more opportunity to make things better than they are with a crisp new year ahead of us. But every new beginning isn’t about forced measures to suddenly leapfrog into being the person you want to be,(…)
Most often, you get judged for the way you are dressed even before you speak or make your presentation. This is something most people don’t think about enough. Or think about in a very safe, fearful way. Don’t show too much cleavage, keep your skirt below your knee, wear a jacket even if it’s a(…)
Having grown up in a family where it was almost a given that a woman has to be independent and not rely on anybody else was a big fortune for me. As a kid, I would always come up with new fangled ideas and discuss the same with my parents. My discipline in life partially(…)
If you want earn recognition for channelizing your creative energy without leaping out of your bed, apply for the month-long blogging and digital marketing internship at Economy Decoded. Economy Decoded is a blog focusing on issues concerning the youth. What distinguishes ED from other blogs is the quality of bloggers who are ardent believers of(…)
By Kavita Kané The devi or the devil? The winner or the vamp? The good or the bad. The answer, of course, will be as stereotyped as the question itself. It is far easy and presumptive to bracket characters and people in mythology into stereotypes and to paint them either black or white than see them(…)
The deeply entrenched system of patriarchy affects all walks of an Indian woman’s life. I was aware of the fact that a woman’s clothes are deeply scrutinised but her ill-fed status shocked me. According to a report by The Hindu, one in five women in Delhi and half of the women in Uttar Pradesh live(…)
Instagram crossed the 600 million active users mark, having added a 100 million in the last six months alone. So that’s twice the population of the United States, using the image-sharing mobile application to click photos of their pets in Christmas jumpers and this really good antioxidant green tea, or that quinoa salad that was(…)
Amitabh Kant says ATM cards too will redundant by 2020 as India tries to leapfrog the payments revolution by going fully digital. Speaking at the Pravasi Divas in Bengaluru, the Niti Aayog CEO said “India is in the midst of huge huge disruption in the world of both financial technology and in terms of social(…)
We are still living in the day and age where managers are wary of hiring women in their 20s and 30s, lest they get pregnant, and their incumbent maternity leaves prove to be financially viable to the company. It is also difficult for a woman to try and make a career comeback after marriage and(…)
Here at SheThePeople, I often hear a woman’s definition of the term feminism. But, I haven’t really come across men defining what feminism means to them. I asked a few men I know, some of them my friends and some acquaintances, their definition of Feminism. At a time of global movements like #HeForShe and also an(…)
It’s that time of the year when we sit back and take stock of our life — our achievements, failures and aspirations. While I don’t believe in making New Year Resolutions, I do believe in making lists for everything to keep me on track. I have lists for personal goals, professional goals, travel plans and(…)
Since the day Bangalore witnessed the horrific New Year’s Eve mass molestation event, many celebrities have taken to social media to shame the authority’s lack of safety measures. And when Karnataka’s Home Minister G Parameswara blamed women for their ‘westernized lifestyle,’ the whole nation burst out in rage. “These kinds of things happen,” he said. Meanwhile, another shocking(…)
What’s in a surname? By Kiran Manral When the fabulous Ms Steinem had made famous Irina Dunn’s feminist slogan about women needing men as much as a fish needed a bicycle, I was a fledgling feminist. The very first time I came across the statement, it quite disoriented me. I was just get about getting(…)
I know what you are thinking, 2016 was at best, an okay year. 2017 will be a new ray of hope, a new approach to old things. No pressure, but two days are already gone and new year resolutions are so passe. But you don’t need to worry because we have got you covered. Here(…)
It’s time to reclaim our vocabulary. Let’s start with ‘spinster’, which originated well before the Industrial Age in England and was commonly used for women who spun thread for a living. By virtue of the fact that most of the women in the occupation were unmarried and beyond the prescribed age for it, the Oxford(…)
If someone asked me 5 years ago to imagine myself as an entrepreneur, I would either laugh at the thought or consider it my worst nightmare. While I played entrepreneurial roles throughout my career, never in my wildest dream did I imagine being a starter-upper. It was so far outside the cone of my vision(…)
Since its inception, social media has been throwing unprecedented surprises and is growing at a pace that is unmatched in any industry. Here’s a by-invite post by Isheta Shelat who is the head of the digital wing of The Fatsmeagol Collective. These trends below are on her watch list. We love number 4! Here’s a(…)
Workplaces are increasingly becoming digital and more than 75% of future jobs require Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M). The transformation of the education technology landscape to meet this required skill force, is unquestionable. According to a study by HSBC, 51% of Indian parents said that the ultimate goal they wanted for their child is(…)
As a communications expert, I often get asked about trends in the industry. While I don’t possess a crystal ball, my decades of experience certainly enhance my ability to tap into a few key trends. So here are a few burgeoning trends I foresee that will be huge in 2017: Digital Marketing No surprises here(…)
December » 20
If Convenience is the resolution for 2017, these gadgets promise to make it to your Yes! list instantly. Edible speakers, pocket printers and slick phones. Gadget groupies have it chalked out. Here are our picks. 1. Logitech X50 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker This stylish looking speaker can keep your party going for over five hours without having(…)
A bad hair day never helps anyone’s mood, and while we can’t ALWAYS have good hair days, (god bless those Disney princesses), we can always come up with solutions to take care of them. Here’s how: Know Your Hair Type Everyone’s hair type is different and hence getting the right products matter. Once you figure(…)
Tis the season to be jolly….. Everywhere you look, there are festive buntings, fairy lights, Christmas trees and fake Santas. Our newspapers are screaming with festive offers and people are posting cheerful greetings, warm and fuzzy photographs across social media as well as making plans to spend time with friends and family. This truly is(…)
By Kanchana Banerjee By Invite I had a dream. Everyone has dreams but mine has been with me for years. It was a quiet murmur, a soft whisper which gradually grew louder. In the recent years it began screaming in my ears. Not letting me sleep. When will you write the book you’ve always dreamt(…)
So we are almost at the end of 2016, and I am sure all of us would be ready with our New Year Resolutions. I would request all to add one of the most Important aspects of life to Live with a Killer Positive Attitude in 2017 with 17 Ways to Stay Positive: “You don’t(…)
As someone who started her career in advertising and a goal to be an A list Ad agency creative director, running an online mommy community is as different an experience as you could possibly ask for! Then again, it’s not that different, once you go deeper. As someone who has always been interested in human(…)
My mother, the nicest human being I have ever known, taught me to be compassionate to all people, taught me what it means to love, taught me what it means to make someone happy, taught me how to give unconditionally, taught me how to respect people, taught me how to work with even tough people,(…)
Demonetisation has been a reality for over one month. The government decided to pull out 86% of the cash in circulation in an economy that functions almost entirely on cash. Ninety percent of all payments are cash, including the ones made at government shops for food. The government of Karnataka reportedly is forced to give(…)
I’m a different sort of feminist. I’m the kind that likes a man to be a gentleman but also the kind that’s fiercely independent. I’m happy to let a man buy me dinner but that in no way implies I can’t actually pay for it myself. While I love my career and thrive on success,(…)
Throughout the year, we have days dedicated to Mothers, Fathers, Children, Brothers and even Lovers. It seems like there is a day for everything. Whilst I don’t particularly care to patronise any of the above days, I do believe in my humble opinion, that the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is one of(…)
With tributes pouring in from all over the world, Jayalalitha seems to have risen even in her death. When speculations were rife on her deteriorating status this Monday there were hardly anyone extolling her virtues or in awe of her indomitable spirit. It’s sad that it was her death that finally opened the floodgates of(…)
Nicole Donadio Blog by invite The filmmakers are making the story of two strong-minded mid-twenty-year-old women from vastly different cultures and locations by shooting across oceans in two different locations to compare and contrast the stories of women. One of the two filmmakers Nicole Donadio writes the story of her film My name is Nicole(…)
So the end of 2016 is here. Finally, I say the time to reflect, introspect and YES, take a break is here. As work starts winding up with the year end break in sight, you must be thinking that this is yet another article about introspection and how to set things right next year. No,(…)
Life has been always a wonderful challenge for me and I have accepted it with all my heart and a wide smile…Born and brought up in the family of Olive greens with my father having served the Indian Army for 35 years as a Gunner ( Air defence Arty), it is perhaps only natural as(…)
It’s no doubt that a rapid evolution has taken place within the communications industry during the past decade. We are living in a dynamic and fast paced world where the floodgates of communication are wide open with an endless number of mediums to convey information. Specifically in the arena of Public Relations- the PESO model(…)
It was in the year 2014 and the month of summer, when I got a chance to visit the Trichy district in Tamil Nadu. I was there on an official visit accompanied by a camera crew and our director, Satya Vivek to film the CSR initiatives of Dalmia Group around one of its manufacturing plants.(…)
Social media is the promised land for brands looking to really connect with their customers. SheThePeople.TV gets you some useful advice from Farrhad Acidwalla, an Indian entrepreneur, founder of Rockstah Media, investor and TEDx speaker. Also Read: Make Your Social Media Posts Clickable: 10 Things to Keep In Mind Tips To Get Ahead on Social Media(…)
By Shilpa Pandey, Life Coach and Columnist for SheThePeople.TV A positive attitude doesn’t happen on its own. A positive attitude is the result of your beliefs, expectations, habits, and focus. We all know how positive mental attitude has a positive impact on your relationships, creativity, career, and overall enjoyment. You’re more capable when you feel good… I(…)
India is closely working with UN women to include gender perspective in the mega project to build “smart and safe cities”. Women are most affected by human trafficking. We are in the process of bringing our national legislation on trafficking in line with international commitments and obligations.
November » 23
By Shaili Chopra So I for one really like the national anthem. I kind of like it anywhere – in schools, in theatres, on foggy days and on holidays. I love going down to the building’s community amphitheatre, standing in attention and joining the chorus with fellow spartans as our condo complex calls us. Ahead of(…)
The Shilpa Shetty moment this week should be ample evidence to all of you that culture does matter. Literature and reading may be important for no other reason in the 21st century than to avoid tripping up on social media. Be warned! Of course I’m joking — the point of literature, apart from elevating your(…)
Do you remember the first time someone asked you who your role model was? I remember it. I also remember saying my role model is the late Princess Diana. I mean she was perfect – a princess, living in a castle , beautiful and doing something so amazing like helping the poor or with terminal(…)
By Arpita Das As I sit down to write this piece, Twitter is going up in flames over SRK’s comment in an interview while promoting his latest film that he is not pro-feminist. As always I read such comments with a mixture of incredulity and disinterest. Incredulity because here is a man who sits astride(…)
For all the gravity of the subject, you will find yourself smiling often and sometimes even laughing out loud. Only Twinkle Khanna, can introduce a new character into a story with “ He sat in the first pew, holding on to his Christianity like he was the weary custodian of the last crumbling communion wafer “ With that I rest my case ! This book is about hope and courage, about taking that leap of faith, about breaking societal norms, about changing your circumstances and taking responsibility, about finding yourself and finding happiness.
By Jasmine Kalra Most people get their inspiration from successful people – a great leader, a successful entrepreneur, perhaps a celeb with a huge fan following and so on. However, is that really enough to stay inspired – getting your inspiration from those who have made it? Is it enough to just follow them? Inculcate(…)
Inducted around two years ago in collaboration with a few city-based NGOs, Mumbai Police’s project ‘Police Didi’ engages women personnel from 93 police stations across the city. Well, women and girls in Mumbai slums now ignore a hesitation, talk openly to the police about their critical situation if needed. She The People and UN Women(…)
In many families, gender stereotyping starts at the time of birth, especially for girls. Her future often is already decided for her: her career, education, mobility, expression and marriage. For instance, when we ask girls and women attending the sexual harassment workshops conducted by my organization Safecity about typical gender stereotypes they face, they tell(…)
My life—and all of our lives—is filled with challenges that make it very difficult to be positive sometimes. However, I know that choosing to be positive has helped me the most in terms of becoming the person I want to be. Even when things were difficult like my marriage which was drifting apart and losing my(…)
In a survey done by People Matters, women respondents felt that factors like ‘leadership development programs’, ‘mentoring and networking opportunities’, ‘sensitization of managers to gender’ along with some hygienic base of ‘flexible work arrangement’ and ‘assistance in the form of leaves’ are vital to retain women (these factors were chosen by more than 75% of(…)
Smitashree Menon has more than two decades of core HR experience, across global and country leadership roles for different MNCs. Over close to a decade at Motorola, she has managed various portfolios, including most recently the Diversity, Learning and Program Management portfolio for Motorola Mobility globally, based in Sunnyvale, California, as Global Human Resources Director. She was(…)
Two books that I teach in courses on gender and feminist theory – and that have influenced me personally – are Feminism is for everybody by bell hooks and We should all be feminists by Chimamanda Adichie. Written a decade apart from each other, both are united in their belief that ‘feminism’ is not just(…)
There is polarization among the people, not just in the US, but the world over. It’s part of a rebalancing that’s happening for the past 3-4 years. The situation is not doomsday like as some people would like to believe. In many ways the rejection is of the liberal politics which has not helped this cause, not the liberal values itself.
Winter has come. If you follow mainly the mainstream media (as most of us do, in this space of Urban Privilege), you will have your emotions manipulated and stomach churned on a regular basis. You can’t help but imagine that the worst is happening — and maybe it is. Winter has come, with the rise(…)
My experience with mentoring young women suggests that women pay the motherhood penalty. Do you agree? The motherhood penalty can even affect women who never even have a child! “Pregnant women and mothers are assumed to be less committed to their careers, and every time they leave the office or ask for any flexibility, that commitment(…)
Delhi University professor Nandini Sundar and 10 others have been booked for the murder of a tribal villager in the insurgency-hit Sukma district of Chhattisgarh, the police said Tuesday, as reported by Hindustan Times. As per the police statement, a complaint was lodged against Sundar (48) on Saturday, by the wife of Shamnath Baghel, who was(…)
By Shaili Chopra It’s not magic but madness that’s behind the success of the country’s best leaders. Yes, they are bordering on crazy. Surprise? Don’t be. Those who go with their guts are leaders for good reason. They follows their instincts and they didn’t chase mentors. Many of them spent years training something they never ended up(…)
A new report from the American Cancer Society finds that the number of women dying from cancer in 2030 is set to increase by almost 60 per cent to 5.5 million deaths a year from the 3.5 million women who lost their lives in 2012. The report was presented earlier this week at the World(…)
Here’s the story of Jyothi Priya who grew up in a humble household and went on to do her engineering and later join a corporate house. From the moment when her education was stalled, for she was a girl to one where she now is an important earner for her family, Kumari’s story promises to(…)
With the start of the Hindu New Year which has been celebrated as Diwali, it’s time to reflect and introspect on how the past year went and set ambitious new goals for the New Year. Yes that dreaded word resolutions is here to haunt us again. This is especially true for folks in businesses and(…)
By Aishwarya Singh The thrill of being on stage steering a ceremony and swaying the audience to one’s direction can be very heady. And before the microphone check, there are a couple other checks that an emcee ensures: Look your part according to the occasion – check; Hair and makeup – check. And more significantly the things to(…)
October » 24
Aren’t we all dependent on technology or life hacks to go through our days smoothly? With our lives a running clutter, and so many tasks at hand, there are some gadgets, organisers that come in handy today. Gone are the days when multitasking was close to impossible. We bring to you a list of hacks/gadgets(…)
There’s something about the festive season that’s warm and welcoming; it’s all about family time and bonding, “gifting” (which I recently heard of as a proper activity), going home, getting time off, and generally relaxing. Also read: This Diwali Revisit the Ramayana With Arshia Sattar Except for those who can’t — Not just the doctors on(…)
I have always held Ratan Tata in very high esteem. He is a man who measures his words, uses them sparingly, and when he does speak in public, one sits up and takes notice. Therefore when he spoke at the 119th foundation day function of the Scindia School in Gwalior on Saturday, against the growing tide of(…)
The InterMedia’s Financial Inclusion Insights (FII) research programme has revealed exciting statistics showing the involvement of Indian adults in finance. Between 2014 and 2015, the financial inclusion of an Indian adult increased by 20 percent. The Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, PMJDY, has acted as a facilitator of financial inclusion especially for families that come below(…)
Life is a tragedy for those who feel, and comedy for those who think – Charlie Chaplin I can’t help feeling both tragic and comic when I think of gender diversity in organizations. When I started writing on the topic, a lot of thoughts emerged in my mind. However, I wasn’t sure which side I should represent –(…)
This 18-year-old is not one of those who sits back, complains about society and leaves it for the authorities to take notice. Pooja Nagpal, a Manhattan Beach resident who began her freshman year at UCL Berkeley last month, recently won the 2016 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes for her work with 1,000 girls in(…)
First things first. Why travel solo? Well, I can use a string of adjectives to describe the feeling that comes with travelling solo. Empowering, enjoyable and invigorating are just some of them. Frankly, it is the single greatest gift you can ever give yourself. Try it once and you will be hooked forever. Here are(…)
Hyderabad-based Ruthvika Gadde Shivani on Sunday clinched the women’s singles title at the Russian Open Grand Prix 2016, defeating Russian player Evegeniya Kosetskaya 21-10, 21-13. Shivani wrapped up the final match in just 26 minutes. The Badminton Association of India (BAI) congratulated the fourth-seeded player on Twitter, “Young @RuthvikaS is the women’s singles champion at the(…)
This timeless beauty turned 62 today, would you believe that? Rekha has always been a mystery figure to the world; not just to the public but even within the Bollywood family. Today, we dig up some of her old interviews, facts and movies that will remind us all of her exemplary work and enigmatic(…)
Perfume designer Monika Ghurde (39) was found dead on October 6, in her apartment in Goa’s Sangolda district, where she lived alone. Police inspector Rajesh Kumar said that when the police went to investigate, they found Ghurde’s nude body in the flat, which had also been burgled. Her brother, Anand, could not get in touch with her on Thursday(…)
An extensive study in Denmark has indicated that contraceptive pills might have a link to depression. The studies show higher rates of depression among those taking contraceptive pills. The study has covered more than a million women over the past 19 years. It suggests that women who use hormonal contraceptives and those who used hormonal implants(…)
Be relevant and be disciplined about continuous learning. We need to keep abreast of changes as they occur.
In 2010, I was in the 11th grade, screaming at the top of my lungs because I saw a lizard sprinting in my direction and I was scared it would mount my legs. The school heard that scream and obviously knows the story. Pretty stupid, right? In hindsight, so many things we do seem pointless(…)
Hands up all you women at work who’ve come up against the Old Boy’s Club and have had your nose bashed
Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar, the first male UN Women Ambassador for South Asia, and the force behind the MARD- Men Against Rape and Discrimination Campaign, has written two poems about sexual assault. He has also written a letter on gender issues to his daughter, as part of the same campaign. The poems are part of Hindustan(…)
Look for ways to make your organisation sustainable. Secure the future.
Everyone on the planet has their moments of brilliance – when they come up with a new idea,. Most of us have that secret dream we have harboured for far too long. We sometimes wonder whether it will ever see the light of day. Social media shows that people are making their ideas happen every(…)
Perfection on every front is impossible and chasing it is likely to bring unhappiness.
Every day there are new reports on gender discrimination, inequality and mistreatment of women. But at least one recent report — The Credit Suisse Research Institute’s bi-annual CS Gender 3000 report – has some positive numbers when it comes to closing the gender gap at the work place in India. On average, since the end of 2013 to(…)
September » 13
Can these outcomes be absolutely avoidable?
The statistics are well known. We know that there are not enough women leaders at the top, whether in India or even in America. There is only one self-made woman billionaire in the 2016 Forbes India richest 100 list. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, the chairman and managing director of the biopharmaceutical company, Biocon. There are only(…)
I had gotten bored of TV journalism after doing my own one to one show for five years.
When a woman says no, it means no, the strong message that Shoojit Sarkar’s Pink sends out is something everyone should understand
I’m typing this down with tears rolling down my face. No, seriously.
Today more so than ever, we find the world to be turbulent and chaotic. The recent riots in Bengaluru over the Cauveri water crisis indicates that life as we know it is very fragile and any issue can be a trigger for violence. If we look at India alone, we have Kashmir in turmoil, the(…)
Social Media is an imperative to our existence: We spend upwards of a few hours on it (Depending on your digital addiction levels), we discuss over dinner and coffee what transpired in conversations on it, we exhibit behaviors to conform to social media (food pics before eating, selfies before activities etc.). In a digitally(…)
Women are traditionally seen as “home makers” who take time off from work to have children and raise them.
A good chunk of them knew very little about the country. What they did know they learned from the incomprehensive narrative written by the American mainstream media, which usually touches on two topics: rape and yoga.
Recently Mahesh Sharma, India’s Cultural Minister, advised foreign women to self-regulate their behavior in India “for their own safety”. He noted that the welcome kits given to all foreign arrivals now include safety advice for women, like admonishing them to not wear skirts or venture out alone at night. “Some parts of India, particularly the(…)
August » 18
How is it that we are ok with being average and not reaching our full potential in our work lives?
The Union Cabinet Minister for Women & Child Development is highly sceptical of the concept of paternity leave for men
This month the biggest sporting event we have — The Olympics — entertained the entire world and women comprised 45% of all athletes. That nearly equitable percentage was not always so high. Women first competed at the Olympics in 1900, comprising just 2% of the total athletes. They were only allowed to compete in five(…)
Changing one’s family name after marriage is a choice every woman has. A male-bashing, oppression-beating Feminazi has no say in anyone’s decisions but her own
Today is Navroz, the Parsi New Year, which is celebrated by Zoroastrians all over the world. Parsis form a very tiny community in India, having shifted from Iran many generations ago when their religion was threatened. Though they are small as a community, they have contributed a great deal to India, thanks to the great(…)
Indian cricket legend Virender Sehwag has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to name a special train and plane after gymnast Dipa Karmakar and athlete Lalita Babar to honour their efforts at the ongoing Rio Olympics. Also Read: Rio2016: They’re fabulous at sport and have physiques to die for. Meet 4 Olympians who make you want to work(…)
While improved financial services for all are being pushed by the government, schemes and programs are not specifically tailored to the needs of female customers.
We all learn that Cleanlines is next to Godliness, but is invoking the Gods the best way to convince people to keep India clean?
Inundated by messages and targeted content messaging reminding me its Friendship Day on August 7th is not a great way to start a sleepy Sunday now , is it? The guilt and abject existential crisis that accompanies questions about why this day exists and how some may not have wished you (forgotten friends, huh) is(…)
Whilst we in India have had a woman head of state, in the U.S. it still is a glass ceiling that has not yet been broken.
How Sakshi Aggarwal Verma rediscovered her love for India from behind the lens
This is a question that bothers women more than men. Women as we know it are control freaks and power is what pleases them more than men. Before we get into why teams are important (I know the reasons you are hesitating to build your team) They don’t get it, they don’t share the passion,(…)
July » 15
He was highly criticized for his misogynist tweet about the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Dealing with that world around us that is crazy, disruptive and volatile.
Barkha Dutt took on Arnab Goswami in a facebook post, reacting strongly to his calling section of journalists “pseudo-secular and pro-Pakistan”
Girls and women face a disproportionate number of life challenges, which reduce their ability to know their full potential. Despite all the talks about gender equality, women empowerment, the overall rate if progress for women, particularly those from the poorest and most marginalised regions has been slow. Women continue to encounter inequality and deprivations in(…)
Something interesting has happened over the last few weeks, quietly and almost without much focus has heralded an exciting possibility – p5+1 Nations of the world (Un Security Council’s five permanent members along with Germany) will possibly have half of its representatives as women provided Ms. Hillary Clinton wins the presidential race in the USA(…)
While so many actors are talking about women and empowerment these days, Shahrukh is the first one to actually write a poem about it.
She Walks, She Leads is a collection of stories of 24 women who have worked their way up to success through determination and perseverance. Author Gunjan Jain talked about women empowerment and how they are taking over new roles. Nita Ambani, who hosted the evening said “we women have the power to change. To think(…)
As I heard more opinions from self-proclaimed feminists, mostly women, my confusion only heightened
My clothes are a medium of self-expression, it is not a green or red signal for anyone to approach me.
Hey! I’m Sanam Thadaney, a graphic designer by profession, and the best thing about it is that it makes me happy (something which I find rare today!). My journey of becoming a designer started at a young age when I used to exhibit design-centred, artistic behaviour (just ask my mom). These actions, and my natural(…)
Recounts her experience from meeting 700 entrepreneurs at GES 2016 in San Francisco
Picture these different scenes. A new team leader walks into the meeting room to inspire his team. An entrepreneur is next up to present her pitch to the investors. A manager has to convince why he wants more marketing funds to get the desired results. What do you think is the one skill that each(…)
Push the right buttons, change your attitude, create time for yourself and transform things
June » 17
Women’s participation in the workforce is at an all-time low, as per a recent ASSOCHAM report. As a matter of fact it as declined in the past decade, from 34% in 2005 to a staggering 27% in 2014. India as a country has very low female workforce participation if we are to compare ourselves with(…)
This baffles you in the most subtle ways, I came back impressed
Other women also told us how it affects their freedom when such comments start flashing on the TV channels
Harmanpreet becomes the first Indian female cricketer to sign a twenty20 contract with the international Sydney Thunder in Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) in Australia. Many other teams were also vying to get Harmanpreet on board, but Sydney Thunder took the lead. “I think we saw in the Indian team some very dynamic players, including(…)
Believe it or not, Wastapp can be a tool to bring about a change in mind-sets
It is not only a politically sound welfare scheme; it also deals with a key, and oft-ignored health hazard in the country
By Meghna Pant A full house, a fierce and fearless conversation. The June edition of Feminist Rani focussed on the ‘Changing Dialogue on Feminism in India’ with two stellar panelists, journalist Gayatri Jayaraman and stylist-activist Sapna Bhavnani. Gayatri is a writer who coined the term ‘urban poor’ in a recent Buzzfeed article. She is also(…)
We tell survivors to ‘fight back, but remember to stay alive’. We admonish them if they vent their feelings
Women economic empowerment is the buzzword of the 21st century, fuelled by the realisation that sustainable development is impossible without the rightful inclusion of half of the population of the world; based on equal rights and opportunities. Termed as the third billion after China and India, women are poised to enter the global economic sphere as entrepreneurs, consumers, producers, employers(…)
1. What led you to come up with this idea for an anthology of graphic non-fiction? First Hand came as an idea almost two years ago. For me, comics that told urgent, contemporary stories– for example, in the form of journalistic or biographical or even political commentary– were too few. This kind of information most often comes(…)
Behold everyone! A lot of taboos are going to be broken about and myths going to be shattered in my blog. As suggested by the title of course I am talking about the monthly token of non-pregnancy that menstruation is. A highly ironical monthly cycle where we are happy and sad both at the same(…)
Recognizing the importance of financial independence for women, Karnataka has launched cooperative societies especially for women called ‘Sthree Shakti Women’s Multi-purpose Cooperative Societies.’ They will focus on informing women about basis of financials, earnings and more. Speaking on the occasion, Minister Umashree said, “The women of the district have created history and thus have become(…)
May » 18
There has been a lot of negative press directed at feminism. Feminists have been accused of being women wanting to be like men, they have been called men haters and Feminazis. Lately, Lisa Hayden said that “in our quest for feminism, let’s stay feminine!” These statements, words and accusations are ignorant and they are dangerous.(…)
“If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old” -Peter F. Drucker Innovation and Creativity is the new skill set being hunted for, in the industry everywhere. With start-ups mushrooming globally, entrepreneurship being accepted as the style of management, creativity and innovation are undoubtedly, the keys to success. Being creative as an entrepreneur(…)
Women have always been fast learners and multi-taskers with huge potential and capabilities, but they have been forever subjected to social discrimination for long that clipped their ambitious wings and kept them confined to their homes disconnected from the vast outside world. But gone are those days because now with the rapid growth of internet(…)
A break from studies, a break from getting up early and getting ready for school, break form test fears and assignment pressures. Yes, the most awaited time of the year has come for students- summer vacations Students make plans for things to be done during vacations, the whole year round, but most of them land(…)
At a recent summit I had the opportunity to listen to a mentally stimulating and deeply engaging talk by Dr Kiran Bedi who acronymized (in true Dilli style) the four factors she believes hold women back in leadership- 4 M’s: Mettle, Marriage, Mobility and Motherhood and a 5th: Me was added by Debjani Ghosh of(…)
My guilt can lead me to success, if I love myself more than success.
A new deodorant commercial featuring Vir Das takes a sarcastic look at the objectifying of women in commercials, and urges respect for women
It’s wonderful being a woman. There’s a lot that we women do and that we must take great pride in, I mean especially after taking a role of a mother, your responsibilities multiplies, simply because in front of you have one more individual who takes up a higher priority in your life, many a times,(…)
Today, the world is seeing a shift towards female entrepreneurship. It’s interesting to note some statistics – In a recent study, the Global Entrepreneurialism Report conducted by BNP Paribas bank, has ranked India on top for the highest percentage of women entrepreneurs! The survey found that 49% of the entrepreneurs in India were women. India(…)
At a recent event that we organized, a speaker discussed the importance of women taking credit for their own work. She said, (and I’m paraphrasing here), no is going to give you a pat on the head and say, good job! You have to do it yourself! I could not disagree with her; I have(…)
Who was your first teacher? First friend? First Supporter? First Career Coach? For me, this was all my grandmother. My mother was a working accounts professional and an expert at that, so my growing up years were dominated by the pleasant and very informative interactions I had with my grandmother. She was a political activist,(…)
“Only girls who have shame can be molested,” claimed the leader of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) Suman Datta. Seriously? Datta is of the opinion that girls who “kiss men openly” are shameless and so they “cannot be molested” (even if they are). He even went on to ask if the any person in the crowd(…)
Moms mean business at work, mothers at home by Seema Dholi
A little device could become the agent for change. And with more women informed there will be a generation of better informed children
Being a mother is the highest privilege for a woman. A privilege I got after battling infertility for eight years. After painful medical procedures and blessings of my loved ones I was blessed with my first born my daughter Zara. My son Neil came a year after my biggest surprise package from God! Hope and(…)
Quite literally since we were born, our minds have been conditioned to absorb the many differences and stereotypes inherent in our societies today when it comes to gender. If its a girl the room must be painted in pink, right from the onesies to the blankets to all the dresses and toys. Similarly if little(…)
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has done it again. This time, the spiritual guru has taken social media by storm for saying yet another imbecile remark on Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai, one who is often called the teenager of the century for her brave advances against Taliban. Here are the 5 most outrageous things to know(…)
April » 22
A comparison between status of Chinese women and Indian women shows that China too has some work to do in terms of women’s rights..
Earlier in the day cab company Ola released an ad announcing their new cab prices, which were unbelievably low. But the ad smacked of some serious sexism.
Even as India is riding high on the start-up wave, we bring you some handy tips and rules you must follow if the entrepreneurship bug has bitten you.
Queen Elizabeth turns 90 today and we bring you some trivia about her
An image consultant reflects on why women in India are in dire need of confidence
A humorous video reflects on the glass ceiling by means of play in a board game.
Her male friends said they wouldn’t pick her novel because the cover was pink. Her travails of selecting book cover colours
The women’s kho-kho team has done the nation proud by winning the Asian Championship this Sunday.
Marketing professional and blogger Priyanka Purkayastha shares her insights on why she believes men today have a tougher time venturing into the start-up business as compared to women.
“When I was in college, a guy wanted to talk to me. When I showed my disinterest, he traced my number from somewhere. He would call me non-stop through-out the day and night. He even traced my house address and would threaten me that he would come to my house at nights and would then(…)
UNDP head Helen Clark was finally announced as a running contender for the United Nations Secretary General, ending months of speculation.
March » 10
Nando’s new advertisements have taken social media by storm. All for good reason. The fast food grill chain’s new ads are in bad taste. They perpetuate sexism. Describing their chicken, and comparing it to a woman’s body…these ads start with odd lines like “try something that shows off a bit of skin.” That ad came out on(…)
For a girl working at producing content for the internet, it is necessary for me to constantly be hooked on to the internet for most part of my days. Well, to put it simply, digital has become a way of life for me. It has made me reach global news at any time of the(…)
This post is about how women can be better prepared to take on hostile elements with the help of technology
UN Women Goodwill ambassador beatboxes as part of the #HeforShe week, a UN initiative which calls for men to support gender equality.
On a recent visit to the market, my little girl, insisted on buying a “pink” Kinder Joy – an egg shaped chocolate that sport a toy inside. The store didn’t have a pink one, so I picked up a blue one instead. My 6 year old was aghast, “I am a girl Amma, and I(…)
So Maneka Gandhi is trending again. The last she was in news was for her suggestion of making pre-natal sex determination compulsory, as in her opinion, it would have helped the government keep a track of expected female child births in India and hence control imbalances in the sex-ratio. This suggestion received some major flak,(…)
February » 14
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s budget proposal presented by him this morning at the Lok Sabha came as a serious disappointment to the women. Promises made to women entrepreneurs at Startup India by PM Narendra Modi were not kept. The nation’s budgetary estimates were laid on the following ’9 Pillars’, but none of the pillars had provisions(…)
I know my vagina is the cause of all problem. I am my vagina, something that undergoes tremendous social scrutiny at all times and all levels of my life. It doesn’t matter who I am or what I’ve accomplished as a human being, all that matters is my vagina and the social chaos that it(…)
Susmita Das Gupta of Smart Ideas reflects on what’s redefining the notion of women at work in the Indian context. Let’s start with breaking the myth. India is worse than even Somalia, when it comes to workforce participation of women. In 2011, the total workforce participation rate (WPR) for women was 25.5%, and with the(…)
That RK Pachauri’s return is a shocker is not a doubt. Why must a person accused of sexual harassment be back at a prestigious institution? He has not just got back to The Energy and Research Institute (TERI), but has been promoted from his previous position. A position nicely carved out by TERI to keep him(…)
There are zero percent women at leadership roles in the energy sector in India, the WEF at Davos reported earlier this year. The fact weaves itself so perfectly with the recent gendered power play that took place at the hands of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), when RK Pachauri, accused and found guilty of(…)
I am 27 years old. I am Argentinian and living in Ireland, I am a psychologist specialized in legal and forensics psychology. Have I broken the glass ceiling? I don’t think so… Am I in the right direction? I sure hope so… Do I know the worst enemy I face in my battle to do(…)
Hilary Clinton is running for President of the United States. We know. Do we also know that she is a law graduate from Yale, and her first job was not at a fancy law firm, but as an advocate for women and children’s rights? That’s how long she has been practising feminism. America, no matter(…)
We all have that one impulse driven crazy cousin who always got us into trouble. The one of this kind in my family decided to get married last summer. Now we all know how significant weddings are to Indians. But owing to the kind he is, we were only informed of the wedding a week(…)
Confidence is the key. If you are confident there is nothing you can’t achieve. People dress well in order to look good and impress the people around you. That’s confidence for some. For others it’s about achievement. For many its about a combination of the two. Whatever it is, confidence is anyone’s biggest asset. Much(…)
The Indian Senior Women’s National Team squad has selected its 20 players for the 12th South Asian Games, scheduled starting from February 5 to 15 to be held in Guwahati and Shillong. The team was finalized after a 14 days National Camp which happened in Shillong from January 17-30. Girls to defend hosts India’s gold medal(…)
I watch Shobhnaben as she expertly hands out tea at the office. She has come before everyone cleaned both the offices and finishes her tasks like clockwork. She will greet everyone with a smile, answer the phone and sometimes throw in some English; she has interacted with hundreds of people and is the primary bread-winner(…)
If you happen to live in the the geographical region of Mumbai – you may take umbrage to trying to define a ‘Mumbai Mom’. There is so much diversity in the 603 sq kms that constitutes Mumbai, that one may assert that there cannot really be one type that defines us. Yet, fascinatingly enough – I do(…)
Meghna Gulzar is an ace writer and director, though she will always be known as the daughter of legendary poet and writer Gulzar saab. That is how patriarchy functions, without us even realising it. She has made some really cool movies and documentaries that present the gender case, a woman’s situation in a very detailed(…)
January » 7
Don’t we often preach this and get preached? But, how many of us actually experience the power of this statement? “Take a deep breath…Relax…Now, Start” We are the 21st Century women. We are young, forward-thinkers, multi-taskers and yes; we are leaving the rat race each day and successfully climbing the thriving Indian entrepreneurship ladder while all the time trying to(…)
It is often found that women’s careers are fundamentally different from men’s in that they are non-linear and often circuitous. There are on-ramps and off-ramps and scenic-routes to a woman’s career, and we navigate this highway – by virtue of society, or nature, or both – by adapting to different roles during different phases of(…)
Amidst early morning chaotic hours, when you are in between mails, calls, making breakfast, packing lunch, hustling a child out the door, consuming the morning news and some of the now-cold coffee, how much mindshare do you devote to the question of WTW? It is easier for a man. Their daily uniforms are set. Grab(…)
This is a giant leap for humanity. There is complete gender parity in National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) current class of astronauts of eight people. And NASA has declared that they may send them to mars in the project scheduled for the 2020s. The four women in class of Astronauts 2013 are Nicole Aunapu(…)
94-year-old fashionista Iris Apfel is out with her own range of stylish wearable technology at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Apfel collaborated with WiseWear, which makes safety bracelets that could alert your emergency contact with the help of blutooth. This unique amalgamation of technology and style attracted Apfel so much that(…)
India has seen an astronomical growth in the field of education in the last two decades and this means crores of educated young Indians. It is a humongous workforce. Unfortunately only a fraction of this vast educated population gets stable jobs. The situation is grimmer in case of women population. Very few of educated or(…)
December » 14
Not just from men but from women too. So much that they are unable to stand someone who stands up for her own.
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Leadership isn’t a factor of being in a job alone. It’s about how you deal with situations. This is my own story of battling weight and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). I believe this can happen to anyone and so I am sharing my story with the many women that are part of the SheThePeople.TV community.(…)
Trisha B Shetty and Nishiki of SheSaysIndia talk about the challenges of the law, the juvenile issue in heinous rape cases, why there is so much grey in our understanding of the justice system. At the same time they both reflect on why our juvenile law too is ambiguous and how the rehabilitation process needs an entire(…)
The most ridiculous thing I have heard recently is that a Saudi millionaire claimed that he accidentally fell and penetrated a teenager whilst she slept on a sofa in his flat in London. He denied raping her even though his DNA was found in her vagina. The charges were cleared after a trial by the(…)
It’s an important time in the history of womanhood in Saudi Arabia. On December 12, 2015, Saudi women voted for and contest the Municipal Council Elections. The first municipal elections were held in Saudi in 2005, after which. In 2013, 30 women were appointed by the king to the Shura Council, which is the highest(…)
Sooraj Pancholi was 23 when Jiah Khan committed suicide. After Jiah’s mother Rabia Khan made a plea against the foul power-play that was ‘apparently’ taking place in her daughter’s case, the case was handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). It’s been reported that in course of their relationship, Sooraj was physically and(…)
Suzette Jordan’s name will remain cast in our memories as the woman who died after she was raped in Kolkata at the busy Park Street earlier this year on February 5, 2012. This mother of two was raped at gunpoint when she decided to go out for drinks one evening. People claimed she ‘dared’ to go(…)
While this movie ain’t no crash-course for men in feminism, it will give them some insight on what happens in their ladies’ lives when they are not around.
Women’s menstruation is perceived differently in different parts of the world. In 19th century France, women were barred from wine making, mushroom picking, silkworm tending or sugar refining during menstrual cycles. Women in most places are, till date, barred from attending and participating in religious ceremonies, if they are menstruating. This likelihood is much higher(…)
I can step out of my house for a de-stressing walk at the oddest hour and still feel unthreatened
Being a returning NRI into the corporate world in modern, changing, growing India, I expected fewer barriers for women to climb to the top and for the current generation to truly reach their potential and create a stir. Is the glass ceiling a factor of women’s aspirations? However, not a lot has changed and though(…)
The Nirbhaya case put India’s rape problem on the global map but hasn’t quite brought much change to the situation on the ground – women continue to get rapes, many in urban settings and those in rural areas are rapes for reasons as bizarre as raising their voice before elders or some such silly thing.(…)
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Primary and secondary education for women has been a questionable area, especially in Asia and most of the developing world. Recently, the Into film festival was held in UK, which is an annual film festival for education for 5-19 year olds. HeforShe campaigner Emma Watson and Nobel laureate Malala Yousufzai got talking about a documentary(…)
India is a country with various distinct places. Some are too cold while others too hot and yet others with moderate temperature and all these states comprising makes India a diverse country. Taking the case of the Thar Desert, it is considered to be one of the most arid and inhospitable places. Since a long(…)
Back in the summer of 2011, a young girl called Shaifali Agarwal had a rite of passage. She was making the move from a PG to a rented house all on her own. Coming from a small town in Uttarakhand, Shaifali had studied and now been working in Delhi for 4 years, and was finally(…)
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As described on the Facebook page of the ‘Pinjara Tod’ (Break the Cage) campaign, it is “an autonomous collective effort” that challenges the existence of sexist discriminatory rules in most Indian University hostels for women, consciously designed to regulate their movement and freedom beyond a certain time. This campaign began in June, where the hostel(…)
CHANGING IDEAS ABOUT SEXUALITY ARE WE READY? Sexuality is a means of both control and liberation for an individual. In the case of women, it is mostly a means of control. Historically, we have been a heteronormative society, where a particular double standard has perpetuated where men and young boys are socially rewarded for expression(…)
Back in 2008, when Abhinav Bindra acquired the first ever gold medal at Beijing Games, Apurvi Chandela in Jaipur found herself holding a rifle to become one of the finest women shooter of India. In yet another victory, she clinched the silver medal in women’s 10m air rifle event of the ISSF Rifle and Pistol(…)
Many ministers have come under the scanner for their comments on women or violence against women. Not realizing the sensitivity of the whole matter, another minister K J Goerge, Home Minster of Karnataka is the latest one to make a highly obnoxious comment on the gang rape of a 22-year-old BPO employee by the cleaner(…)
There was a time when women were struggling for recognition. Today, women are at the heart of it. Svetlana Alexievich has become the 14th woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Svetlana, who hails from Belarus is widely known for her knowledge of the failure of Soviet Union, the war with Afghanistan and the(…)
More power to women. The commander of the US Navy’s special warfare unit urges SEALs – SEa Air Land combat team to open recruitments for women. This is on the heels of opening up a separate ranger school for women. This is a great initiative for the empowerment of women in combative fields. “In a(…)
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Ekta Kamble Feminism has been such an over exploited word these days that people completely forget what it actually stands for, yes it is time to address the issue once and for all. It is absolutely vital to understand the history of feminism that allows every woman today to express an opinion. The gender movement(…)
A question asked on women empowerment at the Facebook discussion set me thinking as to how can Digital India impact public in general and women in particular?
A testosterone driven financial industry forces women to be rambo?
Rebekah Brooks is returning as the CEO of News UK after taking a sabbatical of more than a year. The reason behind her quitting the job is attributed to a shocking hacking scandal involved News of the World. However, her name has been cleared off from the case.
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As a feminist, I count on the media to be responsible opinion leaders, be just, be objective and often propagate fair values that might even be radical for many, in order to do the right thing. My blind faith was beaten black and blue when Times of India made rookie mistakes while reporting about women,(…)
From setting up Biocon to making it a global brand she had faced challenges and got accolades for her efforts.
By Binjal Shah When Gay marriage rights were sanctioned in America, the rainbows managed to pierce the skies of India too. When Bruce Jenner transitioned, we were surprisingly civil about Calling Her Caitlyn. Yet, somehow we choose to observe our own countrymen through a harsher, more rigid lens than we do the westerners. This is one(…)
A tiny lill story to tell, a peak at who we are. Two things you can easily guess from the headline: we are moms and we have just plunged in being a Mompreneur. Am glad to introduce myself Madhavi Patil and my friend Prachi Patankar here. Both IT professional by profession left the(…)
How she prevailed at the most important moments of her career, motherhood and ambition.
India is right now in a cusp between accepting the heights its women are growing to and encouraging them to adjusting to this new change where women are not 24*7 householders. In the later situation, which was prevalent about three decades earlier and even now in many rural areas, women were confined to their homes.(…)
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There’s been no looking back since our Indian-favorite Sania Mirza teamed up with the comeback-queen Martina Hingis, as they’ve painted court after court on the WTA tour with the colors of their shining performances. Top seeds since 2015, the pair is currently smokin’ aces literally and figuratively in the Grass court preparatory tournament for the(…)
Women entrepreneurs are those superheroes you see walking amongst us, saving the day for their companies, their employees, their clients and customers, their children and families. In all this brouhaha, it is likely that they would forget to save themselves from the impending stress that is lurking around, waiting to get the better of them.(…)
Dear Ushaji, Thank you so much for calling new generation mothers lazy because they feed their kids instant noodles and for blaming them for the rise in the sale of Maggi. I completely agree with you. I was raised by a working mother, who did not have the time everyday to make the(…)
Obama announced in a landmark moment yesterday, that a woman’s portrait will make it to their highly used $10 bill. With this, he has opened the floodgates for exemplary women like Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman, Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks etc to finally become immortalized. Unveiling the remodeled note in 2020, is America’s way of(…)
An astounding report released by KPMG points out the massive gap between women’s aspirations for leadership
Why must a woman choose to be recognized for either her brains or her body, not both? Women are as capable as men, they can be political leaders and even dominate corporate boardroom. Here are some interesting facts for you: - Do you know according to the research, women are indistinguishable from men especially(…)
Since times immemorial, saints and sages have come to the holy lands of Himalayas to find inner peace. And some of them have even written philosophical scriptures that guide us even till date. The practice still continues in the modern era. Many people and that includes women as well, have been working in the serene(…)
Sixteen years, three news channels and everyday trysts with biases later, Veena George has clambered through the glass ceiling in Malayali Televison , by becoming the first female Executive Editor of a news channel there. Appointed to this leadership role by regionally popular news channel ‘TV News’, George will be the first woman in history to(…)
A Mumbai woman was allegedly stranded in the middle of the road, after a long verbal battle with her Uber taxi driver. In a heated Facebook post, she describes the incident complaining about lack of quality standards maintained by the app-based taxi company. Her exact post on the social media platform read, “The worst(…)
By Shubhangini Arora The Indian history is full of tales and fables, some true and others being mythical. As far away as we may be from that magical era, what still connects us to our forefathers is the legacy they have left behind- both tangible and intangible. From books to forts and clothes, India still(…)
Why travel makes better leaders of women
Women are no Liability – Do not be Gender Biased
Forbes released their 2015 list of the top 50 self-made richest women in America, and it includes 17 Billionaires who got to that stage all by themselves.
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We, as women, are often put on a pedestal and judged unconditionally for our successes or failures in the work place. Why does there exist such a vehement gender bias? Not just the men but the women in the workplace too, take the liberty to judge their counterparts, subordinates, superiors, etc. The efforts women make(…)
An Indian man bought up in New Jersey, Ram Devineni launched an Indian female-superhero comic book, whose protagonist is a rape survivor.
Empowering Women, isn’t it something that we hear all the time. Newspapers, Media, Politicians they all talk about it on daily basis. What should I write here that has never been written before, what trivia should I unleash here which people are still unaware of, after hours of playing charade I found out there is(…)
It’s the fire in my eyes, And the flash of my teeth, The swing in my waist, And the joy in my feet. I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me. —Maya Angelou If I ask you to close your eyes and envision a “Leader”, who do you think of? Narendra Modi, Gandhi, Nehru or(…)
Let empowerment come from within and each other. You don’t need a catalyst for this
In India, Women are born to get married, have a family, raise kids, & do household chores . Yes this is what most of the people think and according to them, this is the tradition of India. Women are restricted to house work. Kitchen is their office, home is their world and going out to(…)
Men are central to allow for women to surge in leadership
“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre Women in Leadership. That’s what am I supposed to write here. I could have chosen to write about the leading banker women of India. Or the former Indian Presidents and Prime Ministers. But that’s(…)
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Travel may actually put you ahead. Enhancing your understanding of yourself and the world around you, here are 5 reasons why women who travel become better leaders.
Not only is the ratio of working women to working men is shockingly low, pay scales for the same job between men and women have been famously known to differ.
Across geographies and demographics, it’s neither the product nor the process but the people who put forth organizations on the road to success. I have worked for a while now, spanning sectors like hospitality, aviation and real-estate, as a woman employee I’ve had this realization that unlike the posters on notice boards or the pink(…)
The world has things everywhere that make us feel ashamed of how we look. But why?
If there is One Question you should start by Asking Women, it is This. And this question is the first step to more Women in Leadership in Indian businesses.
It’s been eight years that I’ve been a part of the corporate world and I still remember my first interview as if it took place just yesterday. I had applied for a role which would involve leading a small team and while the interviewer found me to be qualified and competent, he wasn’t quite sure I(…)
Like many who grew up in a middle class household, independent, meticulous and ambitious women always surrounded me. I think my family’s legacy have been shaped by these strong women who are an everyday embodiment of values and traditions. The women I was and am surrounded with (my mother, grandmother, sister) are naturally leader like(…)
My first solo trip was to Indonesia It has never been a dream of mine to travel alone. I just didn’t think it would be fun doing it solo, and frankly, I was probably also afraid of looking like a loser and like I didn’t have anybody. But last summer I sent myself to Indonesia. Did I get(…)
It is truly said “There is no tool of development more effective than the empowerment of women”. Gone are the days when women’s role was only to do housework and take care of her children. If the woman is literate nobody can stop her from climbing the ladder of success. SheThePeople.TV has developed a campaign(…)
My profession has taken me to so many organizations and I won’t be doing justice to this topic unless I share some of my own experiences…I believe that both gender are equally responsible as the inequality problem still exists in 21st century. Anything we resist, it persists… Stereotype Conversations: I don’t think(…)
Blogger Jaideep Khanduja on the idea of women in leadership
In this opinionated article, Binjal Shah has tried to collate all those strong views and give you more than one side to each argument.
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In society, the act of adultery is frowned upon from a moral standpoint, not a gendered one writes Binjal Shah in this powerful blog
For the first time, I attended a women security seminar that wasn’t sinfully literal. Getting yourself enrolled for the next self-defense workshop ad you see, holding on to your pepperspray like your elixir- did not find itself at the heart of the discussion. Don’t get me wrong, as important as these are for sharpening your(…)
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“To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights, it’s our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America.” Her words reverberated across the venue, across the ranks of(…)
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Sadly, shows on the Indian television lack variety and are mostly interested in good-housewives or obedient and responsible working women-protagonists, (not-forgetting-to-mention: who always ‘have it all’). Because of this, many of us are drawn to American and British shows for more flawed-hence-more-realistic characters. Unfortunately, even here, the genre of comedy, lacked female representation for(…)
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Comedy has always been more of a man’s turf, with women just being objects of humour. Some women in the recent years have changed this notion and have reached stages where they are as popular and recognized as their male counterparts. Here is a look at a few of the World’s funniest women. TINA(…)
I found this as a useful platform to embolden the aspirations of women. The interviews are inspirational and it is a one stop for all the encouraging news, discussions on issues that concern women and also highlights the atrocities against women which have to be tackled. Perspectives for women’s future and career has changed considerably(…)
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As an entrepreneur in the field of IT ,I long to see a day when women in can walk about freely and with their heads held high. I sincerely hope “shethepeople” does the part of women empowerment and help women grow and share ideas to make this world a better place to live. Cheers !(…)
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There has been a large vacuum in the media regarding women and their role in leadership. ShethePeople is a breath of fresh air and a much needed voice in the arena. As a woman entrepreneur in the tech world, I am convinced we need to put more power in the hands of women. They are(…)
Power Women with Anna Vetticad. How are women leaders changing the conversations of their gender. What drives these leading women? How do they strike new ground and explore the big ideas? In this special and first episode of Power Women With Anna MM Vetticad, meet Meira Kumar. The former speaker of the Lok Sabha shares(…)
As a women in the technology industry, I am glad to see this fantastic platform for women in India. We have had a crying need to access stories of successful women, women at work and women in leadership. It’s great to see a start in that direction. I wish SheThePeople.tv the very best. I have(…)
For the longest time we had wondered why a country of a billion people didn’t think Indian women in leadership deserved a place. A place of their own and online. Delighted to share SheThePeople.TV is that venue. It’s the watering hole for women to talk, discuss and debate issues that concern them and their leadership.(…)
I am delighted to see this new platform and excited to be a part of people who get the opportunity to blog here. I used to work at an MNC until I realised working for oneself was the great joy. It brought me satisfaction and happiness and allowed me to experiment with ideas. I met(…)
In ten years of being a journalist, this is the one question that has puzzled me. With over a hundred interviews with intellectual, powerful and ambitious corporate women at all levels, I have observed ‘she’ has always meant business. In this last decade, when the growth rates marched up, many of India’s top(…)
As my father bought four tickets for the Mary Kom biopic by the same name, a couple of days back, I announced I won’t watch it in protest because the movie, claims to celebrate a Manipuri boxer by casting a Punjabi former Miss World. I tried to stand my ground; for this summoned my wrath(…)
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Wage-gap, gender-based workplace policies, lack of flexibility, unsupportive childcare policies…the list is too long. Yet, in spite of all this and much more, women all over the world have been achieving success in all the fields that were considered purely male-dominated, just decades ago. Having entered the workplaces less than a century back, women(…)
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