Ramadan: Is it the same for Men & Women?

Introduction I love Ramadan. It has undoubtedly always been my favourite month of the year.   Ramadan is a holy month for Muslims worldwide. All throughout the month, Muslims fast every day from dawn till sunset.  Ramadan, for me, means a chance to strengthen my relationship with God. An opportunity to repent and a time to revel in good deeds.  Growing up, …

Right To Vote: Women Have It And Need To Excercise It!

Women line up to vote for the first time in New York after the passage of the 19th Amendment, in 1920.

Introduction IntroductionTo think that there was a time when women did not have the right to vote might seem difficult. It might even seem outright absurd. However, once upon a time, this was the case. In fact, it was only starting the late 19thcentury that voting rights for women began to be granted. The women’s suffrage movement has worked tirelessly …

Sayftychat: Women Uplifting Women

#Sayftychat is our weekly Twitter chat that explores topics related to women’s safety and preventing violence against women (#VAW). On February 4th’s, #sayftychat, we discussed ‘Uplifting Women’. Our featured guest was Sneha Bhattacharjee. Sneha is a journalist working with Business Standard. While editing on the job, she also writes about changemakers in society. Off the job, you will find her juggling …

The Night She Stood For Herself

When I was growing up, we didn’t even have a sex-ed class. Even in films, the first thing that happens after a woman is molested is – she waits for a man to save her! Recently, a young Indian editor, Radha (name changed for this blog) had a horrifying experience in Mumbai after which she put up a status on …

Female leaders- a minority in politics!

Introduction Politics is about the people who run and control a country. Politicians form governments and oppositions. They make policies and amend already existing laws. Moreover, they are the people who decide on resource allocation and economic welfare. Politicians have a lot of power and influence. And whether it’s a democracy or a constitutional monarchy, the actions taken by politicians …

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 …

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 …

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 …