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It is one thing to talk about gender equality and another thing to practice it sincerely in your own life. I have encountered many well-educated men who have favorable opinions about gender equality and women empowerment. However, these liberal feelings are often just skin-deep and wear off quickly when it comes to ‘walk the talk’ in their personal lives. Most of them, subconsciously, fear to lose the upper hand they have been traditionally enjoying over their female counterparts. This needs to be dealt with squarely to get true support of men in this noble movement that is beneficial for the...

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I enjoy watching a good movie in my free time. It gives me immense satisfaction to watch a meaningful movie that has a strong story line and equally powerful performances by lead actors that give full justice to their roles. However, I always feel disappointed that women are still called actress in Indian Film Industry. I find it hard to digest the fact that in the majority of the movies, women are still shown as a glam-dolls or item-girls to pull, entertain and titillate the male audience. It is simply unacceptable, demeaning and disrespectful to the entire womanhood. It invariably leaves...

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Irritated by her working mothers’ over-burdened dual responsibility life, once Nisha asked her, “Why are families are so men-centric where females must put an extra effort to prove themselves to others all the time?”. Her mother’s answer was typical and symbolic to the mindset of most women of the past generations. In response, she said, “Dear, it’s always been like that and it works just fine for everyone. Why meddle with something that works?” Well, I dare to differ. No, it doesn’t work fine! Women in the past had meekly accepted this dominance, but in the hearts of their hearts,...

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I have been talking about crime and violence against women in my previous posts. This time I am going to deviate slightly from that angle and going to speak about another equally important topic, namely, a crime against children. Just like women, children are extremely vulnerable to different types of crimes and abusive behavior from sociopaths who often take advantage of their innocence and immaturity.Some forms of child abuse and violence could be different than those committed against women; however, the intensity and impact can be as severe. Some of these crimes can destroy the life of a budding soul before...

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Workplace harassment is one of those women-centric issues that have the potential to negatively impact the life of a working woman. Not only does it make a serious dent in her self-respect but it also severally affects her overall well-being and productivity, which, in turn, can have negative repercussions that the entire organization has to suffer.Women empowerment is one such area that has gained much attention in the recent years – worldwide as well as in India. The popular #MeTooIndia movement is a striking example of this social revolution. However, there are some darker mindsets that poison the very work...

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