Child Marriage – A Worldwide Epidemic

The Many Perils of the Child Marriage Trend While the vast majority of countries today have elected 18 as the minimum marrying age, this does not dispel the rising rates of child marriage worldwide. Many of us tend to think that this traumatic practice solely exists in non-Western, developing countries run by evil dictators, this is far from the case. …

Women’s Education – In Need of Reform

What’s wrong with women’s education today? In the United States, it is easy for us to take public education for granted. People tend to air grievances about standardized testing, student loans, abstinence-based sex ed, and myriad other issues regarding U.S. education. These things, among many others, are completely legitimate. My goal here is not to minimize our complaints or stunt …

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. …

Consent: Yes or Maybe

As I sat in one of Uganda’s most prestigious universities with my multi-cultural co-workers trying to raise awareness about women’s reproductive health, I had the most cringe-worthy moment of my life. As we answered questions about how condoms and religion don’t agree with each other, a guy in his mid-20s told us we should talk to the women exclusively. When …

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? …

Feminism In India

  Every year for international women’s day, WhatsApp is flooded with forwarding messages about women. Their importance, their achievements, and an ever long reasons for them to be celebrated. One said, “A beautiful woman draws strength from troubles, smiled during distress and grown stronger with prayers and hope. You are one of them. Wishing you a very Happy Women’s day.” …

Photo Retouching — Feminist For or Against?

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“From this lens, we can easily view photoshopping as anti-feminist. We can argue that the industry is not inclusive. That it does not embrace all body types, colors, styles, shapes, and sizes“ How does the changing face of photo retouching affect us? By now, most of us are aware of photo retouching. How the people we see in magazines, billboards, …

The Informal Justice System, Panchayat

A few weeks ago, one of Times of India’s headlines read, “UP woman tied up, thrashed on panchayat’s order; molested”. I received this video as a part of a forward message thread. Amongst these angry and reasonably reacting people were people, who supported the panchayat’s decision. They wanted everyone to honor the decision of a panchayat since this sort of …

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 …

Shut Up Or Be Shamed

India is a diverse country and full of contradictions. On one side we have a long history of influential women leaders while on the other, girls and women are asked to dress in a certain way to not entice men into raping them. Women are sacred only for as long as they follow a prescribed outline of how to look, …