The kind folks over at The Guardian’s Global Development site asked if I wanted to send in a reflections piece as part of a project for International Women’s Day. Answering “How have things changed for women in your country over your lifetime?” in less than 400 words can’t be easy, but it’s a welcome challenge.
Here it is: Life in India on International Women’s day. This one is for my parents and Uncle
I started from 1500 words of thoughts and notes that I whittled into what they’ve published. Most of my statements are unqualified for lack of space, not explanation. Tons more to add, say and explain. That’s what I plan to use this blog for anyway.
The interactive that this is part of: Voices from around the world.
Will also take a look at the other pieces on the interactive as soon as I have a second.
Again, thank you Maria Bennett for the photo.
Update at about 6:30 am on 9 March 2011
I didn’t have the time to look through the entire International Women’s Day Interactive until much later yesterday.
I have to say: wow! What a group of women to be featured alongside!
There’s Regina Yau, founder of the pixel project, Shaharzad Akbar, the first Afghan woman to study at graduate level in Oxford, Bandana Rana from Nepal, women from Sierra Leone, Thailand, Palestine, Israel, Brazil, Burundi, the Phillipines, Southern Sudan, Cambodia, Panama and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
It should be clear enough from what I wrote: my dedication for IWD 2011 was to my parents and uncle, for being the trail-blazers that they are.
In addition to them, I want to say this to the women of South Asia: in a subcontinent where even just being a woman can be life-threatening, your strength, courage, attitude and compassion – despite your circumstances – is a beacon to the world. My sisters in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burma, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, I salute you.