CHIPKO AND THE MODERN ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT

Tree Hugging In India We use the term “tree hugger” derogatorily to refer to environmentalists, yet most don’t know where the term originated. The Chipko movement was a nonviolent ecological movement led, predominantly, by rural women in India. Chipko, in Hindi, means “to cling” or “to hug”. During the river floods of 1970s, a significant landslide hit the villagers of …

Period Product Bill – A Step To End Period Poverty

Scotland’s Period Products Bill On 25 February, 2020, Scotland took a huge step in fighting period poverty. The Period Products (Free Provision) Bill passed the first stage by a vote of 112-0. This legislation would establish a legal obligation for the Scottish government to make period products available for free. The bill details the provision of products including pads and tampons …

Safety of Women During Night Shifts

Indian Work Culture Our work culture, is it safe for women? Work cultures differ from country to country. Some adhere to the nine-to-five culture to promote work-life balance. Others like India have a grueling nine-to-nine culture. This of course is accompanied by long lunches and breaks for refueling. The 2000’s saw a wave of call center jobs entering India. It …

What is Emotional Abuse?

Abuse: An Umbrella Term Merriam-Webster defines abuse as “improper use or treatment”. First thing that comes to mind when reading that definition is – treatment of what? This definition is ambiguous because it is an overarching term of varying types, each more daunting than the next. Substance abuse is excessive or improper use of drugs. Animal abuse is the infliction of suffering or harm upon animals. …

Once Buried: The Legends of Nangeli and Jhalkaribai

Where is the problem? India has many heroines, yet some seem to be more prominent than others. A quick list of famous Indian women who blazed the trail would include Rani Lakshmibai, Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit and many others. Some of these lists may include Savitribai Phule, a Dalit woman considered to be India’s first female teacher. However, many others such …

Is Justice Denied In The Nirbhaya Case?

Introduction Fairy tales make you dream. They provide an aspiration of a loving soulmate, a perfect family and a happy ending. Horror stories on the other hand, instill fear in our minds. The events that took place on the fateful night of December 16, 2012 in New Delhi, the capital city of India shaped one such horror story that no Indian can …

Angry Young Generation

Introduction “Your generation is constantly mad about everything all the time! You have to calm the F train down.” I’ve heard a rendition of this phrase from any boomer, Gen Xer or ever elder millennial I’ve tried to have a serious conversation with. On current topics involving climate change, human rights issues and socio-economic issues. Yes, I am angry, my …

Gender and Climate Change

IntroductionPerhaps the greatest challenge to humanity currently is climate change. We have seen, in recent weeks, people marching to voice out this issue.  The Global Climate Strike saw people protest in numerous countries. It brought people from different genders, ethnicities, religions and backgrounds together for one purpose. However, it is important to note that climate change does not affect us all …

Dark skinned girls, you are beautiful!

Across Cultures, darker people suffer most, why? -Andre 3000 Dark skinned girls and media representation We’ve all grown up with standards of beauty that were difficult to live up to. For dark skinned girls, the standards were impossible to meet.  As a teenager, my favourite tv shows starred tall, slim, white women with perfect proportions. The magazines I saved up for …

#Sayftychat: The Role of Your Story in Your Advocacy

This week (July 15, 2019) on our Twitter chat, #SayftyChat, we discussed “The Role of Your Story in Your Advocacy” with Sharon D’Agostino from Say It Forward Now. This week’s chat was focused on the impact and value of sharing personal stories in advocacy and professional spaces. We had participants join the chat from Nairobi, India, US, Canada, UK, Columbia, and …