#GirlsBelongHere: What it Feels Like to Live Your Dream Job for One Day

“I learned first-hand from a strong and inspiring woman that is breaking the glass ceiling with every step she takes. Having my dream job for the day made it no longer feel like a dream, but rather an attainable and perfectly achievable goal.”

This is How Rabia Nasimi Escaped the Taliban Regime to Pursue her Studies at Cambridge University

Rabia Nasimi’s journey from Afghanistan in the back of a lorry to Cambridge University gives many women the hope of integrating successfully into British society.

Malala Yousafzai Trolled for Wearing Skinny Jeans and Western-Style Clothing—Highlights Society’s Ignorance

To comment on Malala Yousafzai’s choice of clothes undermines everything that she has fought for – it highlights a very real disease in our society.

#MeToo Goes Global: What Happened in Goa Doesn’t Stay in Goa

Today, in the Western world, I wouldn’t hesitate to trigger the alarm should anyone dare to sexually violate me. In India, I would still think twice!

Polarization of Immigration Reform: What Side is More ‘American?’

In order to protect people like Sunaina Dumala and DREAMers, many wonder what actions need to be taken by the U.S. government to guarantee immigrants the right to obtain the status as a lawful citizen.

Signs of Climate Change Oceans Apart: How You Can Help Houston and South Asian Flood Victims

What both these incidents have in common, apart from their obvious tragedy, is that they are both consequences of climate change. In a few cases, disaster relief can become disastrous itself. When people with good intentions donate things that aren’t wanted in a disaster response, the consequences may actually be harmful.

Eradicating Violence Against Women and Victim-Blaming in Kerala

Ever since I was a child, I frequently traveled to Kerala, a state in India known as God’s own country. Kerala is one of the most educated states in India with a literacy rate of 94%. Besides education, Kerala is known for its natural beauty, tranquility, and strong, diverse cultural traditions. Unlike my other trips to Kerala, this trip was an eye-opener as I became aware of a different, grimmer image of the status of women.

Mehjabeen Hassan Takes Female Empowerment Forward One Outfit at a Time

Mehjabeen Hassan wants to break through South Asian norms and stereotypes in more than one way, and her clothing line is just the start.

Kavita Mehra Talks About Sakhi, A Vehicle That Drives Female Empowerment Forward

There is a personal connection to our work at Sakhi, and working for an organization focused on gender based violence is the reason I entered the non-profit sector.

Drag Queen Alex Mathew Talks About Co-Existing Identities, Fashion, and Maya

Drag for him is more than just a performance art. It Involves baring the deepest recesses of his mind, the one that society tries to intimidate him into repressing.

I Woke Up Next to a Rape Survivor

I woke up this morning next to a rape survivor. She was preparing for her first day in a new position.

Mental Health on College Campuses: It’s a Luxury and Not a Right to be Okay

These days, many of us college students claim to be depressed because of our grades or wanting to “kill ourselves” over finals…but just how many of us actually consider this to be a reality? How many of us take a second to realize how many people around us and on our campuses are truly affected by mental illnesses?

March for Science Los Angeles: What We Can do to Defend Science

I’ll be joining the March for Science Los Angeles to stand up not only for science, but for people like my parents.

Global Sisterhood: How the US Women’s Marches and India’s #IWillGoOut Movement Made Similar Statements

We both have struggles, which will only get better if we support one another. Women face the same issues, regardless of their country of residence. Our global sisterhood is vital and we need to protect it by encouraging and aiding our sister movements.

President Donald Trump Reinstates Anti-Abortion Rule Endangering the Lives of Women Globally

This short-sighted and narrow-minded policy will not only cause a detrimental “back alley” abortion system but will cause respective health care costs to skyrocket making the already difficult process near impossible.

Women Came Together and Marched, Now We Run for Office

The Women’s March on Washington, D.C. is a historically uplifting and significant moment, but it cannot be the last of our activism this year, or any year.

Non-Black People of Color Owe Immeasurable Debts of Gratitude to Black Americans

NBPOC benefit, socially and otherwise, in insurmountable ways from Black movements. And for this, African-Americans are certainly owed immeasurable debts of gratitude.

Push to Repeal the NC ‘Bathroom Bill’ Denied

Last week, a deal to end the North Carolina law currently requiring transgender people to use public restrooms corresponding to the gender on their birth certificates, failed in its efforts to repeal.

“Every Girl’s Story:” A Tale of One Woman’s Past

I wanted to asphyxiate it, so I concealed it in a distant nook in my cerebrum where oxygen could never reach. But it did not die, not that day, not in tens of years. It still unabashedly appears in front of my eyes, startlingly explicit and vivid in its detail.

‘Evil Chromosomes:’ A Poem About Female Feticide

Pained and shamed, parents looked at her
An enormous burden, not their lovely daughter

Her brothers were fed milk and cream
She tasted them daily, but in her dreams