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 …

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? …