India makes feminine hygiene products tax free

The Indian Government finally scraped off taxes on sanitary pads. Isn’t that amazing? I personally consider this as a huge victory for women and girls. What is GST (Goods and Services Tax)? Thanks to the GST, each product sold in India attracts the same tax rate across the country, divided into five tax brackets ranging from 0% to 28%. While …

Art Workshop on Street Harassment in Bangalore

“My painting is about hope too. Blue is for hope; hope for justice and hope to end of street harassment” Street Harassment It is really worrying and sad that almost all girls have faced some sort of harassment on the streets. Street harassment ranges from verbal teasing to stalking and physical harassment. It is an everyday reality. One that we …

How can we make India safe for women?

Changes take time, many years. Changes happen because of persuasion! Sexual Assault In India  Sexual assault and rapes have become everyday news in India. Not only has it become such common news but each case is more violent and horrifying than the previous one. Why is this? Is it because the country is becoming more and more dangerous and unsafe …

Female leaders- a minority in politics!

Introduction Politics is about the people who run and control a country. Politicians form governments and oppositions. They make policies and amend already existing laws. Moreover, they are the people who decide on resource allocation and economic welfare. Politicians have a lot of power and influence. And whether it’s a democracy or a constitutional monarchy, the actions taken by politicians …

Sayftychat: It pushes me to fight injustice

#Sayftychat is a safe and free platform…no money is charged to join in but once here, speak freely! Did I ever tell you the actual date I fell in love with #Sayftychat? If I did, I’m here to tell you that I was lying to you! It’s because I simply can’t remember. I’m just deeply in love with #Sayftychat. Today, …

Periods- your taboo secret monthly visitor

The Secret Menstruation or periods, a topic that is always kept under the covers. The secret phenomenon that boys should never know about. The disgusting occurrence which should only be spoken about when necessary. In short, female kind’s greatest secret. Since ancient times, periods have been viewed as a taboo topic. Especially in the company of the non-suffering gender; men. …

Feminism – What does it mean to you?

  “Feminism is the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes”, commonly known as “gender equality” For many, many years now, the word “Feminism” has had a negative connotation attached to it. There are  two main reasons: The prefix “fem” in feminism Some people (both men and women), who do not know what feminism means, advocate …

Save Our Girls: A High-school Fundraiser

The objective of my fundraiser was to empower girls and women in India against gender-based violence My name is Yadavi Patil, I am currently a senior at New Haven Academy in Connecticut. For my Senior Action project, I decided to tackle the issue of gender-based violence in India. My interest lies in exploring why sexual assault and other gender-based violence …

Raising A Girl Who CAN!

 “Because he’s a boy, and you’re a girl” By Dr. Shruti Kapoor & Jashima Wadehra “I am a girl. I grew up with strict curfews, apparel restrictions, and different chores”, Shruti. While a majority of parents have good intentions, such restrictions hinder the girls’ self- awareness and future capabilities. Often within the South-Asian diaspora, for girls to be loud, talk too …

Ask For It

For centuries, the phrase “asking for it” has been used to point fingers at women. If a woman is sexually assaulted, we say she was “asking for it” Can a woman own the phrase “asking for it” and transform it into a dynamic tool for increasing happiness and pursuing her dreams? Well, that’s what the book “Ask for it” by …