Mahika Varma, Criminal Lawyer, Supreme Court
Then there were many instances when my colleagues said things like, "why criminal law, do some corporate law? Why do you need to work... go get married, pamper yourself in the spa, let the men earn for you", "its tough for girls".
Anika Narula, Corporate Attorney
Pursuing my masters meant receiving unsolicited advice. Instead of congratulating me, someone actually said, 'Beta (child), if you pursue Masters, you will be so overqualified. This will create a lot of problems for your parents in finding a match for you'.
Aakanksha Sinha, Assistant Professor
A loud voice in my head keeps saying 'this is a man's world, you have to adjust to it if you want to succeed?'. This is not the fictitious voice of Yoda or Dumbledore in my head, but the very real words uttered during discussions on gender inequality in the workplace.
Anamika Nandy, Marketing Professional
I remember when the Mumbai attacks of 26/11 happened I was not allowed to go and cover the attacks as I was a female video journalist; after much protest and refusing to leave the office for the safe confides of my home, I was finally allowed to go,
Sudarsana Kundu, Country Director, Gender at Work
A report on the status of Gender Equality in the Non-profit Sector in India which identifies key challenges, trends and good practices in order to determine the most innovative practices being adopted to promote gender equality today.
Ritambhara, Creative Director & Entrepreneur
As an entrepreneur, I have had to face snide remarks about my leadership and financial skills. A lot of unsolicited advice has come my way from "well-wishing" men, who have tried to lecture me on the disadvantages of focusing more on my career than personal life.
Surbhi Dewan, Film Maker & Producer
There were many reasons why people around me were not hiring women. The assumptions were that women, even though highly qualified, would have 'nightly deadlines', safety issues, would need permission to travel, and might quit when they get married.
Dr. Sonam Yadav, Medical Director, Juverne
One would think that some places would be impervious to gender bias. Places where hard core science and hard won clinical acumen come foremost, gender may fade from conscious conversation. Alas, a medical school or hospital, is not that place.
Anindita Roy, United Nations
Somehow, I always had this notion that people who work in the social development sector, come with an inherent sensitivity towards gender equality and inclusiveness. However, my many years of working in this sector, has more than often proved me wrong.
Garima Singh, I.A.S. Officer, Former I.P.S Officer
As I moved into the service, I got acquainted with stories of discrimination committed against women. Women suicide after marriage is a real phenomenon. While causes might be many, there is no denying that subjugation of women to patriarchy plays a part.
Dr. Ranjana Kumari, Centre for Social Research
The inception of Centre for Social Research has been the most memorable and challenging tenure of my life. From having a routine of planned lectures as a professor and a room full of students; my life changed to an empty room that I would clean every day.
Dr. Hamsa Natesa, Women Power Connect
Make way for her...where all do women fight for their space? At home? In workplace? In public spaces or in the decision making process? Will society soaked in patriarchy over the centuries pave the way or will women have to create their space?
Asha Justin Odakethal, Trainee Chef in Germany
There was a time when I would think life is this uni-directional slide. Finish university, be a successful bureaucrat, travel to places, lead a blissful married life. The perfect happily-ever-after. Growing up, I realized that fate has a random way of striking plans down.
Dr. Aparna Srivastava, Associate Professor
My own journey since 1996 has been very challenging and honestly speaking, not a fair one. Work politics was an integral part across sectors from corporate to development to government & even higher education. Deeply embedded power structures are rigid.
Unnati Mishra, Supreme Court Lawyer
I grew up in a house that was rooted in matriarchy, thinking that to be the norm, never quite understanding that the power and influence of women I saw growing up wasn't common for all women in every house and outside of it. Women require encouragement