The pandemic and its impact on the education of girls

Educating girls

Introduction: Girls from rural areas and their education Education is a basic human right. There is no argument about that. Regardless of your gender, race, and social class, you are entitled to basic education. In fact, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights cites it as one of its basic 30 human rights. However, despite its necessity, not everyone is able …

I Dissent: RBG’s Fight for Women’s Rights

After surviving multiple bouts of cancer and surgeries, while surrounded by her family, an 87-year old woman passed away. This is sad news but why is it newsworthy? Well, the woman in question was Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, aka Notorious RBG. Picture a young woman; for argument’s sake, let’s call her Kavita:  Kavita …

A Voice, An Opinion, and Infinite Potential

The “Extreme” Label “Chhat par kaala kaunwa baitha, kayen kayen karta rehta, sab se bole, jhoot bole kauva kate” (A black crow is sitting on the roof, it caws all day, and it says to all, speak lies and you will be pecked). These were the opening lyrics of a popular Bollywood song in the 90s. Around that time, I …

Princess Sophia Duleep Singh

Princess Sophia Duleep Singh’s life is extraordinary and full of what seem like contradictions. As Anita Anand, her biographer, says:She was the vacuous socialite who developed an all-consuming social conscience. A royal pauper, who appeared on every aristocratic guest list, yet lived on state handouts. An obedient goddaughter to Queen Victoria, she revelled in giving the establishment a good kick-in. …

SOUTH ASIAN REPRESENTATION

Introduction As a brown person, I have always felt unheard and unrepresented.  Growing up, mainstream media constantly churned out whitewashed content for children like me. The movies I watched, the books I read; they were all about girls with pale skin and blue eyes. They say your childhood shapes you. Well, I spent a large part of mine struggling to accept …

Why We Need To Talk About Sex

“There is so much guilt and shame and fear imbued in people because they don’t have any place where they can get permission to accept themselves as sexual beings.” – Patti Britton, Ph.D., A.C.S.E. Introduction The approach towards sex education programs has serious limitations around the world. High-quality Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) is science-based, medically accurate and age-, developmentally, and culturally appropriate. It …

PAY ATTENTION: Rapes In India

Image courtesy of the BBC  RAPE IN INDIA In 2012, six men gang-raped a young girl on a moving bus in Delhi. Many thought it was a watershed moment that started a fresh wave of anti-rape movement in the country.  However, this movement has a more extended history than we assume. In pre-Independence India, the nationalist-feminist campaign often raised the issue …

How To Be An Ally To Survivors

Introduction Sexual assault is a topic that is rightfully gaining momentum these days. Social media is buzzing with survivor tales. Tales which span years, with many survivors finally finding the courage to speak about their many years old experiences.  A lot of these reveal the true colours of popular, respected and revered people.  While there has been an outpouring of support …

Rape: Anonymous Submission

**Trigger Warning** Topic: Rape My Story To start off, this story is posted under an anonymous tag because I have tried to speak about the incident. I thought that after months of suppressing the memory and ending up blank and drained with bouts of immense rage, that I should talk about it. It happened after the end of my four-year relationship …

DIVINE GODDESSES AND REAL WOMEN

Goddess Worship In India The Hindu lexicon has many goddesses, all of whom we worship. We have Saraswati, the goddess of music and learning, and Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. Some worship the divine feminine energy of Shakti, in Durga, Kali and Parvati. And others valorise women such as Lakshmibai, singing Bundeley Harbolon key munh hamney suni kahani thi, …