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VAW as a weapon of WAR

Human rights evolved from Cyrus the great who decided to free all his slaves making its way through different regimes and world wars. Finally in 1948 Eleanor Roosevelt signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Declaration guarantees everyone 30 human rights to everyone. One of those rights is our right not be discriminated against ̵ ...

[Opinion] Generating Women’s Leadership: A Global Problem

On December 10, 2011, International Human Rights Day, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton launched a global initiative “to engage and inspire future generations of women leaders in the United States and around the world. The Women in Public Service Project will identify and educate a new generation of women committed to public service, create a ...

[Opinion] She's Got the Look

One of my recent road trips reminded me of the story of the Ugly Duckling.  It is a sweet story where a duckling is humiliated by other ducklings because she looks different. The poor duckling remains sad for many days, thinking she is a misfit in the group.  However soon she realizes that she is a swan, not a duck, thus all those who make fun of ...

[Opinion] She’s Got the Look

One of my recent road trips reminded me of the story of the Ugly Duckling.  It is a sweet story where a duckling is humiliated by other ducklings because she looks different. The poor duckling remains sad for many days, thinking she is a misfit in the group.  However soon she realizes that she is a swan, not a duck, thus all those who make fun of ...

[Thinking About] Change: Us or Them?

I was recently talking to one of my colleagues who recently started working in villages of India. He asked me a question which has haunted me and would have bothered many other souls as well. He asked me that, who are we to impose development on poor people? It is us and our greed which makes them poor so why should we act as their savior? My brain ...

Caught In the Middle

Maternal Grandmother (disapprovingly): Is that a T-shirt or a dress? It’s not safe to go out dressed like that. Paternal Grandmother (disapprovingly): You don’t wear heels yet? Friend 1 (shocked): You want to go out at night, we’ll get murdered. Or worse. Friend 2 (shocked): You don’t want to go out at night? You’ll die alone and friend ...

One for the Men

Most of the time, when an activist speaks out against domestic violence, it’s a woman. Most NGO’s are populated with more women than men, with the bulk of the latter only taking on the more technical side of things. One major reason for this, of course, is that it is often not feasible for men to devote their time and skills for free or for a m ...

What Sexual Harassment Means To The Average Delhi Girl

Honestly, I’m one of the lucky few in Delhi who’s never been eve-teased or targeted in any way. But that doesn’t mean that I haven’t experienced these things in my surroundings. And it would be useless to deny that they’re a huge part of my life. Because they are, just as they are for any young girl in Delhi, whether we have experienced t ...

On the Right to Wear Shorts

It’s not about what this season’s style gurus tell us to wear, it’s not about defying an existing social order. It’s about freedom. The freedom to wear what we want without fear of the consequences. It’s about social justice. We live in a society where men are perfectly comfortable urinating on the side of a street, but where a woman has ...