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Change is possible…! BUT is Change happening? Discrimination and violence against women and girls must stop….! Common Call by Dr. Balasandilyan, Thought.

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1 Change is possible…! BUT is Change happening? Discrimination and violence against women and girls must stop….! Common Call by Dr. Balasandilyan, Thought Leader and CEO of M e:

2 It is a shame…stunning In India in the last 10 years 20 thousand cases have been filed for atrocities against women including sexual harassment. Lots of such instances have not been registered/complained or brought to light. Salute to Women 2

3 What's going on? What is causing these trends (and what can we all do to reverse them?) In the recent gender equality conference and research done among 187 countries, India ranks 134 th in treating women not so equally/fairly/well. Salute to Women 3

4 It’s not an accomplishment! ‘The Guardian’ magazine says among G20 countries, India is surely unsafe for women to stay. A popular NGO related to laws on women complains that Certain countries like Afghan, Kango, Somalia are unsafe for women. And in this list India is also included. Salute to Women 4

5 What is worrying? Sexual harassment to women children especially in the class room has been happening in a very big way of late and this is worrying every parent, citizen and of course – women. Salute to Women 5

6 It is a fact …it is said 53% of the girl children in some way or other are meeting sexual harassment in the society – including neighbors, teachers, classmates, strangers and family members. Silence has been the answer or solution so far…to these issues. Salute to Women 6

7 Let us be aware… In India every 40 minutes a woman or girl is pushed to sexual harassment or a related issue. Every 27 minutes a girl or woman is teased or provoked. Relatives, neighbors, social bad elements, thieves and robbers, known/unknown people, teachers – no one is an exception to this list. Salute to Women 7

8 In our own country… earlier… The status of women in early Hindu society was an enviable one. They could avail of the highest learning and there were many seers and philosophers among them. Ghosha, Apala, Lopamudra, Vishwvara, Surya, Indrani, Yami, Romasha – all these names highlight the position and the esteem which Hindu women enjoyed in the Vedic period. Salute to Women 8

9 Manu Dharma Shastra Manu's saying that – "Yatra naryastu pujyante ramante tatra Devata, yatraitaastu na pujyante sarvaastatrafalaah kriyaah" Manusmriti 3.56 – which translated reads : "whenever women are given their due respect, even the deities like to reside there and where they are not respected, all action remains unfruitful." Salute to Women 9

10 Scriptures say… Several women sages and seers are mentioned in the Upanishads, the philosophical part of the Vedas, notable among them being Gargi and Maitreyi. The Sanskrit word for female teachers as Acharyā (as opposed to Acharya for teacher and Acharyini for teacher's wife) reveal that women were also given a place as Gurus. The Harita Dharmasutra (of the Maitrayaniya school of Yayurveda) declares that there are two kind of women: Sadhyavadhu who marry, and the Brahmavaadini who are inclined to religion, they can wear the sacred thread, perform rituals like the agnihotra and read the Vedas. Bhavabhuti's Uttararamacharita 2.3 says that Atreyi went to Southern India where she studied the Vedas and Indian philosophy. Shankara debated with the female philosopher Ubhaya Bharati, and Madhava's Shankaradigvijaya (9.63) mentions that she was well versed in the Vedas. Tirukkoneri Dasyai (15th century) wrote a commentary on Nammalvar's Tiruvaayamoli, with reference to Vedic texts like the Taittiriya Yajurveda. Salute to Women 10

11 In Women’s name…and their sake Country – Motherland (Bharath Matha) Language- Mother tongue Rivers (like Cauvery, Godhaveri, Narmada, Ganga, Sindu, Saraswathi all in Women’s name) in India Even in Music – we say “Sruthi” Matha. Cattles make the sound of “Amma” or “Maa”. Even a Cow is considered as God. Salute to Women 11

12 Women who made India proud Sita Devi Draupadi Kunti Shakuntala Sant Meera Jijabai Jhansi Rani Aandaal Naachiyar Salute to Women 12

13 India produced… Indira Gandhi Shakuntala Devi M.S.Subbulakshmi Lata Mangeshkar Parveen Sultana Kishori Amonkar D.K.Pattammal Kasutirbai Padma Subramaniam Mallika Sarabhai Jayalalitha Sushma Swaraj Salute to Women 13

14 The list continues… P.T.Usha Kiran Bedi Kalpana Chawla Sania Mirza Saina Nehwal Sumati Iyer Mari kom Salute to Women 14

15 Indian Women entrepreneurs Kiran Mazumdar Shaw Ekta Kapoor Aishwarya Nair Swati Parimal Rajashree Pathi Radhika Roy Farah khan Vandana Luthra Indra Nooyi Indu Jain Priya Paul Mallika Srinivasan Neelam Dhawan Salute to Women 15

16 Saluting the brave men who fought for women in India Raja Ram Mohan Roy Ishwar Chander Vidyasagar Jyothirao Phule Haribilas Sarda Maharishi Karve Bhimrao Ambedkar Jawaharlal Nehru Thanthai Periyar Mahakavi Bharathi Salute to Women 16

17 Let us respect (Sarvam Shakti Mayam) Our Mother Wife Sister Daughter Grand daughter Neighbor lady Women colleagues Women teachers Women students Women leaders All women in our life Salute to Women 17

18 Thank you for watching and supporting the cause. Salute to Women 18


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