“What does p***y mean?” asked my curious, cold and tired 9-year old surrounded in a sea of pink p***y hats outside the ornate gold & grey Civic Center in San Francisco. I skirted around the definition – wondering how comfortable we’ve gotten with the word in the current political context. Two older ladies in their 60s smiled generously at my little boy. “Your daughters and … Continue reading Don’t Stop – Do More! From Women’s March to Immigrant Protests – The Power of Activism
“The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision,” – Maimonides, Spanish philosopher and astronomer, 1135 – 1204 Have you ever been stuck between a rock and a hard place trying to make an excruciating decision? Well, the 10-10-10 strategy might be of help! My mentor Leila Modarres, recently told me about Suzy Welch, a business leader and author, on a … Continue reading Make Better Decisions Using the 10-10-10 Process
Many years ago, in a faraway land- called Maryland- a girl ‘Minty’ was born to enslaved parents. Three of her sisters were sold to distant farms causing a serious distress in her family. When a merchant approached her father to buy her brother, he resisted resulting in serious violence. But this incident had a great impact on Minty’s life as she learned to resist when … Continue reading A lady in the dark and cold winter night
(Edited version of this blog has been featured in Kathmandu Post, Nepal’s leading newspaper) Don’t we love our mothers? Particularly on Mother’s Day, our gratitude for her unconditional love exponentially increases. To express our love, we buy sweets, we wish her, we take her out for dinners, and we actively update our Facebook and Twitter telling the whole world how much we love our mother. … Continue reading Mother’s Day Special: Our mother’s unfulfilled dreams
Written by: Saadia Haq Coming from a remote, small village in Balochistan, the most under developed province of Pakistan, Khalida Brohi likes to refer herself as a village girl at large. She has been educated in metropolitan city, Karachi yet Khalida’s heart lies in her roots, her land. Pakistan, a country with widespread violence against women continues to affect lives on a daily basis; Khalida’s … Continue reading Sughar |The Power of a woman| Social Entrepreneur Khalida Brohi
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Mudita Tiwari was born in India and has an extensive career of working in the international development, research design and program management. She has worked extensively within India on Financial Literacy, Financial Inclusion, microfinance, agricultural financing and informal and formal banking. Prior to working in India, she worked as a global health researcher, and private and public sector business… Continue reading Women’s empowerment|In conversation with Mudita Tiwari
As I travel through rural villages in Bihar, the state with highest poverty rates in India, my moral compass tells me – it’s time for a “reality check”. I work in the International Development sector. I talk about poverty eradication and social development all the time as if I was born to enlighten everyone and erase pain from this world. Sometimes, my trivial “self” blows hot air … Continue reading Rural Women – Poor Women – How little we know about Empowerment!
The New Year brings new beginnings and hopes for a better world. We are inspired by extra-ordinary people around us, as we continue to emulate their grit, their perseverance and their positive outlook towards life. We bring you stories of 2 such amazing women we met during our travels in India (watch out for the next story…next week). Let us introduce you to “Gudiya” (translates … Continue reading Celebrating Extra-“Ordinary” Women – Part 1
According to the International Labor Organization, 2012, it is estimated that 20.9 MILLION people are enslaved today – 4.5 MILLION enslaved in sex exploitation! You know the average price for a child slave sold in a brothel – around $72.00! Human slavery is not just a developing world problem, it exists everywhere from Americas to Europe. We recently read about Love146.org, an organization that provides … Continue reading Child Trafficking – Stories will break your heart!
Yes, you heard it, if you get raped its your fault – it was either your dressing, your late night activities, your late night work schedule…and oh! remember if you are married, you cannot get raped! Nope it’s got nothing to do with misogyny embedded in the culture, or a learned behavior from an early age, or laws that no one cares to follow, or a man’s desire to … Continue reading Woman, if you get raped it’s your fault!