From: secret (admirer) stalker

My First Time I remember that incident quite clearly. I had just turned fourteen years old. Two strange men approached me and my friend and ‘complimented’ us. Mind you, these so-called ‘compliments’ left us feeling most uncomfortable. We brushed them off multiple times, only for them to return each time. In the end, the stalker took a photograph without our …

Our Daughters In STEM

Gender gap starts young.  38% of girls (aged 12-19 years) surveyed believed they would be less likely than boys to pursue STEM A few days ago, India woke up to a doodle by Google of a woman. She wore a traditional sari and held a degree in one hand. She wore a stethoscope around her neck. Her name was Dr. …

Child Sexual Abuse: Elona Washington

**Trigger Warning** Topic: Child Sexual Abuse My Story I was five years old when I was first sexually abused. My cousin would pick me up out of bed, carry me to the back room of the basement and rape me. We were living with our grandmother at the time but when I moved with my mom to Princeton, NJ, I believed …

Bleed Red

We Bleed Red! Bleed seven days a month, 12 times a year and half our lifetime. Have the womb of the universe, still, sanitary pads need to be folded in a black polythene. Mindset demands, we whisper in ears, not touch pickles, or enter temples. Alas! Temples have goddesses, and people have forgotten that goddesses are women. What’s the shame? …

Why we need to talk about marital rape

“A married woman has the same right to control her own body as does an unmarried woman” Rape is never an easy topic to talk about. We are talking about a violation of a human being’s body, trust, emotions, sanity, and confidence by another human. It seems unthinkable when you put it that way, no? Unfortunately, marital rape exists in most …

New Age Feminists and What That Means For Women’s Safety?

“These feminists are unafraid to call out their friends and family in cases of sexual violence.  They are unafraid of the legal system. And most importantly, they are willing to learn and improve their errors” The past year has seen the breakthrough of a new feminism.  Of new young voices bringing in a cyclical change to the story and wants …

Ringing the Stock Exchange Bell For Gender Equality

Stock Exchanges Advancing Gender Equality The key to the success and growth of a country is its human capital. The skills and productivity of its workforce. Therefore a country cannot be competitive and a company cannot be successful if it does not develop and appropriately use half of the world’s available talent pool – women! So to celebrate International Women’s …

International Women’s Day at the UN: How did we celebrate?

Observance of International Women’s Day at the UN Every year on International Women’s Day, I attend the United Nations (UN) Observance of International Women’s Day (#IWD2018) in New York City. Yesterday was no different for me except that the event organized was bigger (it was in the General Assembly) and the lines to get into the UN longer. This year, …

The #MeToo Movement 2.0: Consent

One year ago, the Women’s March descended upon Washington, D.C., and, in fact, the world. Women all across the globe, along with supportive men, gathered to protest and bring awareness to issues like sexual harassment, discrimination, and equal pay. It was a rallying cry to the masses, saying, “You’re not alone and we’ll fight together!” After the marches, there was …