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 …

Un-stereotyping Gender

“Gender stereotypes are what we are forced to conform to in the privacy of our homes”  My Story “You do know that men will always be superior!” I was talking to my friend about her rights and gender equality. She responded with this stereotype statement. Silence replaced my argumentative voice all of a sudden. She had shushed the whole conversation. I …

Amplifying Our Voices Through Social Media

Social media is making it easier for people to share their stories, express support to each other and build strength in numbers. It’s allowing us to raise awareness, educate each other and reduce social stigmas! We live in a digital age where we are connected 24×7. The Internet is our second life and mobile phones an extension of our personalities. …

Wage Gap in India

In India, the Equal Remuneration Act 1976 is a law that states there must be Equal Pay for Equal Work. In brief, the act highlights: “Duty of the employer to pay equal remuneration to men and women workers for same work or work of a similar nature. — (1) No employer shall pay to any worker, employed by him in …

Child Sexual Abuse: Anonymous Submission

Child Sexual Abuse: Anonymous Submission via @SpeakOurStories

**Trigger Warning** Topic: Child Sexual Abuse My Story Playing on the radio, Summer Breeze by The Isley Brothers And I cried and cried. Suddenly, I was pulled back to being 15 years old – with the world all in front of me after an extremely rocky childhood. Pulled back through the time tunnel – to a time before I was sexually …

Raise Our Voices Against Rape

Raising Our Collective Consciousness  Raped, raped, raped. This is what we wake up to every day. Every day, a new victim. Today it might be us, tomorrow you. In light of the recent rape cases in India, we felt we needed to do our part. We felt we needed to speak out and raise awareness. We are students at Treamis …

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 …