Posts in India
Pooja

It’s very challenging being a woman, and especially when you are a housewife too.... but I know deep down, I can’t just spend life cooking - rather I have to also follow my dream. Women play very important roles in my society, but I feel there is a lack of self awareness within us here.

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Bharathi

Doomed if we do and doomed if we don't. The culture is ridiculously patriarchal, authoritarian, and dismissive of personal agency. Women are simultaneously dehumanised and deified. The Indian system of matrimony is a regressive and archaic one, and religion is used as an excuse to demonise womanhood.

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Pratibha

My mom and my other cousins who got married at really young ages, and were never given the chance to dream or achieve something in their lives are my biggest inspiration. And I just want to show all my family and society that I can not only jump, but I can jump to catch a flying bird. Most importantly, I want to explore how much farther I can push myself from my comfort zone.

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Saakshi

When I started writing, I realized that I can bring about change even if it means starting from the grass root level. I am an outspoken and vivacious girl and people always judged me in a negative way. But, my writings helped me gain the kind of readers who were inspired and people actually stopped judging me and started admiring me for who I am. I am passionate about my writing! With a view to turn my passion into a career, I am currently pursuing my Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Media and I’m experiencing a totally different and free life.

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Simran

What would you like the world to know about YOU? What life experience, challenge or achievement do you want to share? What obstacles have you faced and overcome? Well, I am a 16 year old student and there is this particular experience I want to talk about. Every woman isn't the same, and I was still learning to fight against the cruel world at that point.

I took classes with a teacher and for some reason he always made me sit in the first bench. Slowly, I realised that the reason why he did that was to touch my hands and thighs. I, of course, didn't like it. But I am not the only one he did that to. But being a 16 year old girl, with no one to guide me and the others, we could never stand up against him. So we resorted to sitting in the last benches. Or told our male friends to sit beside us. After a while, thankfully he stopped.

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Irine

What does life as a woman or girl look like in your country / city / town / village? Any issues / challenges / exciting milestones? Being a South Indian, I can say women are more educated and powerful socially, economically and politically in our part of the country. Balanced sex ratio results in giving equal importance to male and female children. Here, life of a girl is culture-oriented, focused on education, job and marriage. Women empowerment has so far improved things for women from all walks of life.

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Saloni

What does life as a woman or girl look like in your country / city / town / village? Any issues / challenges / exciting milestones? The challenge we face in my country is the biased judgments of men and women which are based on outdated theories for e.g. the ideal work for a female in my country is home-making and even in the higher, more developed income group of society, the bias remains the same.

My milestone was challenging the status quo of how a girl or a woman should be. I had to fight not just the scenario in the society about my choices and directions but also in my home within my family. It was and still is difficult to explain why a girl has all the rights to what she wants when she wants to create a life on her own. [Society] should be able to see a strong girl and be familiar with it.

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Fiona

India has always treated its boys and girls differently. Girls are taught from a very young age to be obedient to their male counterparts and they are prepared to be compliant, demure wives, and thus, whenever a girl decides to take her life into her own hands or put her happiness before other people's, she is ostracized as a "rebel", her character is put under question and the girl herself cannot have dreams of her own or be passionate about anything without feeling guilty, because of the way she has been trained to think and believe by the patriarchal society.

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Sayonee

I was molested because there were no lights in my alley. After the incident, I learnt that most of the women of my area faced the same. I took to social media and protested till the word went to the local MLA. After that, he promised to put lights in the alley. And now, my alley is well-lit.

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Ayisha

And to prove their point, I have been told several times that this job is not meant for girls as we are 'emotionally unstable'. Everyday I'm getting a step ahead to success, following my passion.

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Shruti

To be a girl or woman today means to work shoulder to shoulder with men and maintain a class and a separate reputation of the women in a society, depicting that girls are no less than boys. A daughter is equal to ten sons and not tensions.

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Sasna

I've never worn shorts or sleeveless blouses because my parents have never allowed me. Neither do I roam around at night. My biggest dream is to go on a solo world trip. I need to be independent enough to take my own decisions. I want to live here like a human being and not as a lady with too many restrictions.

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Athira

The few moments that stand out are connected to the two instances of childhood abuse I had experienced. Though I had once gathered courage and talked to my parents about it, they told me to stop talking. They were more concerned with how openly I spoke of it, not hiding my face or using euphemisms, than with what had happened to me.

My father closed his ears with his hands and acted as if he was being victimized by my words. My mother kept giving excuses - you were a child. You might be remembering wrong. He might not have meant to do it. My parents took the unspoken words of my two abusers over my tears. My own parents preferred I suck it up because "boys will be boys" and "this happens to everyone". 

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Riya

The life of a woman, from a distance looks similar to that of a man. They have freedom to pursue whatever they want, wear whatever they choose (what else does a woman want?!) But upon looking closely, you'll know that the freedom is not a right, but a privilege for all the ladies, according to the patriarchal society.

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Maninder

“I'm good at sports. I could have been able to do more in sports but after state level competitions, my family never allowed me to go for nationals. I kept blaming my family for it. 

I'm good at studies as well but 5 years ago, I lost my father and everything fell apart within seconds so I was not able to get into my dream college. Again I blamed that situation.
After beginning my Bachelors, I just decided one thing for my own sake, "stop playing this blame game". If it really matters, get it done anyhow, against all the odds of the society.”

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Anisha

“Being a woman in my part of the world, is like hiding that you bleed. Hiding that you have male friends. Hiding that you possess a pair of breasts. Hiding your skin (every inch of it.) Hiding all of your relationships. Hiding your love. Hiding the fact that you've been raped. Hiding your emotions. Hiding your tears... Hiding your tears. Hiding your anguish. Hiding your existence as an individual.

Here (in India), it's like being someone's something - Father's daughter. Husband's wife. Brother's sister. No, you're not you. You're someone's something over here.”

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Suvidha

“My world was entirely different, it revolved around dance, reading and spending time thinking and etc,.  And years later being a cadet at NCC which is completely against my family's wish, I achieved the highest rank as a senior under officer.  Then  I dreamt of joining the Indian Army, for which I was emotionally forbidden... My heart screamed a lot, telling me to get out from home, to run away to achieve my dreams, none of those really worked.. I was bounded to emotional bonds more.

Not being able to adjust to the traditions, and also not being able to come out of the cage, having no one around to scream my heart out, I nearly became depressed.”

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