March 8, 2017, saw a "Day Without A Woman" march on International Women's Day in New York City.
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2017 was quite a year for women. It kicked off with the inauguration of President Donald Trump, a man who was elected despite being accused by more than a dozen women of sexual assault and misconduct....
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While I feel the need to break the stereotype and do my job in office well, it is blasphemous for me to skip the household chores or neglect family--or at least I feel so. While I need to be an equal to men at work, I cannot be an equal at home and sit with my feet up when I reach home tired.
Illiteracy, regressive social customs and poverty... Every single one of the reasons cited by Maneka Gandhi to explain why 'the concept of marital rape cannot be suitably applied in the Indian context' are actually good arguments for the government to go ahead and criminalize it.
Meet Shah Rukh Khan. Actor, 50-years-old, relentlessly cast opposite women half his age, often part of films that endorse and propagate unabashed sexism. Did you just gasp and roll your eyes at the la...
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My brother and I were brought up by our mother after my parents split up. Since I was eight years old, my relatives would advise me, "You need to be the man of the house and take care of your mother." Therefore, when I used to go for my tennis practice, I would literally beg my coach to allow me to play with the boys and not the girls. I switched from Barbies to car-racing video games...
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I am a woman and I live alone in Delhi. It is my individual choice to live alone. I think living alone is a luxury only few can acknowledge. Living alone no longer means being lonely. Living alone is being one with yourself. Unfortunately, though, in Delhi, you can never be too far from the watching distance of prying eyes.
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From riding a motorbike to the Parliament House and demanding introduction of the Women's Reservation Bill to allowing women's entry to temples for worship, women members in Lok Sabha today said finan...
In the world of technological innovations, men might have the numbers but women have not only caught up, but also led from the front, often in skewed working spaces. From the first programmer in the w...
NEW DELHI -- It was a sight not seen often when woman MP Ranjeet Ranjan today rode to Parliament on an orange Harley-Davidson motorcycle to make a statement on Women's Day. The 42-year-old Lok Sabha m...
Aditi Rao Hydari has a message for everybody this International Women's Day. In a new video uploaded by BLUSH, a lifestyle channel for women, the actress, who was most recently seen in Wazir and Fitoo...
An announcement by Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha on International Women's Day will pave the way for hundreds of Indian women in years to come to realize their ambition in male-dominated work spaces. The...
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I honestly do not see the loud, all-encompassing and empowering message of the day trickling down to the people who really need that push. My helper doesn't care. Nor does a friend caught in a bad marriage. Their battle is solitary and this day is not going to change anything for them...
Too many women in India lack the fundamental dignity and self-determination that modern societies seek for their citizens. Yet the arc of history is bending in India. The world's largest democracy will be truly exemplary when its women are full participants in its society and politics. There are a number of very concrete things we can do to advance this path, improving the quality of life and laying the foundation for social inclusion, greater liberty and fundamental dignity.
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NEW DELHI -- Search giant Google on March 8 celebrated the International Women's Day with its doodle that features real women rather than animated characters. Google has started a campaign named #OneD...
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Kathakoli Dasgupta was about 26 when she found her first husband through a newspaper advertisement. That was about a decade back. “I used to be in love with the idea of being married and getting marri...
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"Are you really asking me to worry about imaginary children?" The Sunday conversation with my mother — usually spent cribbing about Delhi summer's unused conscience — has taken an unexpected turn. We...
Do you secretly worry if you are sanskaari enough? Worry no more! For here is 11 step guide that will ensure that you are as sanskaari as a newly-wed Barjatya bahu.
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I see women breaking taboos and creating stories of inspiration every day as they find their way to dreams that were unachievable not too long ago. I see them in the form of Prema Ramappa driving a bus, in the form of bartender Shatbhi Basu as she juggles bottles to give you a great drink, in the form of Bachendri Pal as she climbs the mountains, in the form of village girls walking long distances to school and in the form of every woman executive.
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Most of us are aware that International Women's Day honours the lives, achievements, efforts and struggles of women across the world. It's a time for us to remember the brave women who made it possible for us to claim an equal status in society. There's a lot to celebrate and we women should take advantage of this day as an opportunity to assert ourselves and have a bit of fun along the way. Here are a few suggestions.
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When we think about poverty, we presume that the poor, whether men or women, boys or girls are equally poor. The truth is that women experience poverty differently and more acutely. Women (and girls) are naturally assigned to domestic roles and this limits their access to formal education and knowledge. This, along with deep-rooted social and family hierarchies, limits their access to material resources, but more importantly to social resources, i.e. participation in economic, political and social decision-making. I call the latter the social poverty of women.
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I didn't realize the power of financial independence until the day I stopped working and stopped earning. As long as my husband could support my and my family's needs, was it still important that I contribute to our monthly income too? Was it not contribution enough that I was tending to our family and taking care of all their non-financial needs? For lots of reasons, I started realizing that the answer to that question, for me, was no.
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In a bitter resident association altercation in my building, the chairperson threw his last weapon at me, "You are a bloody whore." I was furious, and retorted, "Call your bloody wife a whore you pimp." Yet, later, I felt ashamed of using words like prostitute and whore with such nonchalance and ignorance. How was I different from the thieving chairperson when I behaved like him and abused his wife?
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Women are known to be are more generous, kind, nurturing and empathetic than men. We generally believe in the greater good of humankind. At the same time, however, we are also capable of secretly harbouring a somewhat catty, resentful streak within us, especially towards other females.
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"I treat my daughter just like my son." Or "She is not my daughter, she is my son." If you are an Indian, you have probably heard such proclamations, usually said with much pride, several times. Most Indians think there's nothing wrong with these statements and take them either as a parenting best practice or a compliment to the child.
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If your ideal woman is frequently found in saas-bahu serials and her preferred occupation is weeping over kheer and husbands gone sour, these aren't the best of times for you. Women are demanding righ...
A lot of women in positions of relative power have highlighted multiple perspectives on being a working mother. I've also written a lot of this subject, but I believe there is more to be said on the day-to-day trials, tribulations and turmoil of a working mom.
Like Hilary Clinton's said: "women's rights are human rights and human rights are women's rights", so let's make sure we recruit more people to strive for equality and appreciate those who already are. In this world where inequality is so prevalent, we should aim to all be feminists together.
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Despite being bullied in school for her sexuality, Tamilian actress, writer and filmmaker Kalki Subramaniam went on to earn two master's degrees. By using social media, she has given her community a g...
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Why shouldn't a man be made to feel special on a particular day. Why shouldn't he be showered with discount offers at stores, salons and spas. Why shouldn't he get a free dessert with every meal he orders. Why shouldn't he be allowed to share poems and songs celebrating his manhood.
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I am often surprised by how few people realize that HIV/AIDS is the world's leading cause of death among women of reproductive age. This disease takes an enormous and unacceptable toll on the lives and potential of millions of women - and on the families, communities and economies they support.
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In a society ruled by traditional patriarchy, women often find their basic rights curtailed. But it's not all bad, being a woman in India. As the world celebrated International Women's Day, these five...
The men that committed this crime are not the anomalies; they are not some rare monsters, but very much a product of the values of society that we continue to perpetuate. That is embarrassing, and we do not want to face up to it. However, this is exactly what we have to do. We must be brave and address it head on. What is required is a massive movement against patriarchy, not a shameful silence and certainly not more pretence.