Showing posts from August, 2020

LGBTQI+ Social Protection and Human Rights

  We still can’t breathe the air of freedom. Why such kind of discrimination? No matter who you are, where you are from, your skin colour, your gender identity, all this doesn’t matter. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) are also a part of us; our society. It is their sexual preference and that does not make them any different from others. Every individual has a specific behavior specific mindset, which differs from one another. Article 15 of our Indian Constitution is based on the prohibition of discrimination on the grounds of cast, creed, religion, sex, place of birth, etc. If the so-called ‘normal/ straight’ men and women have the right to live in the society with respect, then why the people belonging to LGBTQI+ society can’t? They face violence and inequality; they get tortured, why?  Sexual orientation and gender identity are integral aspects of ourselves and should never lead to discrimination or abuse.  Human Rights works for LGBTQI+ peoples’ righ

Women in Leadership Positions

  Women in Leadership Positions “I demand more rights for women because I know what women can do.” Truer words cannot be spoken.  Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first female president of Liberia, West Africa, assumed her presidency in January 2006. The regime was fraught with tremendous challenges of a post-conflict nation, collapsed economy, crumbling infrastructure, dysfunctional institutions, enormous debt and bloated civil services. Challenges of those left behind - the primary victims of the Civil War, women and children - were tough to fight. “On the first day in office, I was excited and exhausted. It had been a very long climb to where I was. Women had been who suffered the most in our civil conflict and women had been the ones to resolve it. Our history records many women of strength and action. A President of the United Nations General Assembly, a renowned circuit court judge, a President of the University of Liberia. I knew I had to form a very strong team with the capacity to a

Mental Health

Mental Health: This is a word we all have been constantly hearing recently, but how well do we know its meaning? According to the World  Health  Organization (WHO),  mental health  is “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.” When we read closely, this definition has various aspects: State of well-being: A state in which a person is comfortable, healthy or happy; Realizing his or her own abilities:  It focuses majorly on self-analysis in which an individual introspects and ponders over their likes, dislikes, strengths and weaknesses, and then comes to a realization of their abilities in terms of what they are good at and what makes them happy. Cope with normal stresses of life: The ability to deal with the constant pressure and stresses every individual faces at various levels - personal, professional, comm

Domestic Violence

Hey, let’s talk about one of the many important topics which is still not discussed so openly - domestic violence . Domestic violence can be described as the power misused by one adult in a relationship to control another. It is the establishment of control and fear in a relationship through violence and other forms of abuse, like physical assault, psychological abuse, social abuse, financial abuse, or sexual assault.  You might think or have heard about women getting abused when it comes to domestic violence, but it extends - albeit in a lesser proportion -  well beyond to men as victims, too.. Domestic violence affects all genders, so efforts to support survivors should be inclusive. But since 95% of victims are women , this is also distinctly a women’s issue.  If something like this is happening with you or someone you know, then you should understand that you are not alone. A staggering number of women do not speak up due to the fear of tarnishing their family’s reputation. This ba