Holding to my surreal heart filled with astonishment of marking the most important milestone of moving to Rajahmundry from Hyderabad and many other places that directed me to land here so that I can unfold the actions of my dream. After all the introspection for years of measuring the impact of my work, I finally started to feel uncertain about where I want to be. Who I am ? Where do I belong ? Begins with a strong inclination to smaller towns with green shields of fertile farms and the dedicated smiling lives behind it. I often felt the need to look for more than the beauty ridden cultural Rajahmundry.
My journey has begun as a women right’s influencer and alongside the events came a deep realisation that held the secret of my inner joy. Migrating back to the roots where I was born was an opportunity for me to connect with the women farmers, florists, artisans, teachers, technicians and many more from the rural front of our country. Visiting Rajahmundry a couple of times in the last few years cultivated more meaning and direction to my dream of economic empowerment through equality.
Being born in Andhra Pradesh engages me personally with the people as it seems more like listening to my uncle , grandmother or a family member. As my father was transferred to north India as a part of his job, Andhra Pradesh remained my summer holiday home ; a place that indulged a million memories and people who hosted with a giant welcoming heart.
Urbanisation is not the solution for a country where the major share of population lives in the rural places. Development of smaller towns demands retainment of talent which needs infrastructure, investment and leadership development. Using concepts like design thinking I want to redefine the problems , create communities that promote sustainability, provide recognition to high performing women at the bottom of the pyramid, conduct events to preserve culture and provide a platform to local artisans through story writing and consulting projects under ImpactScientist.
With a mission on hand , a place definitively mine, force of people surrounding my belief and tucked in the rivers of serenity. Rajahmundry and I have chosen each other for amplifying the potential behind unlocking women to equal resources and participation.
India is still expecting it’s daughters to silence their voices to the fury of dominance. Every time a girl is quiet, she is hiding enormous amount of power that is a wasted human capital that could have reflected towards a stronger foundation including the opinions and point of views of it’s 48 % of unheard screams. The policy making and leadership must not have been dictated under the reign of unequally divided governments !
Indian women alone make 7.5 % of the whole World’s population ! World’s second largest growing economy is unable to cope up to the equality standards that must be provided or approved for a women. Technology is able to reach the corners yet unable to solve the deeply rooted problems arising from the harsh social conditions of life.
Impact measurement is a very important and ignored factor. The basic piece of awareness that we all must have is about the fundamental rights of a women. Then we can measure how many of us are using the fundamental rights for their personal benefit and country’s social and economic benefit.
Is the availability of increasing techonolgy decreasing the social intelligence of personal liberation ?
Every place has an objective cause of certain social problems pertaining over there. The solutions must be integrated after understanding each problem differently. Generalising the solutions in such a diverse and multidimensionally populated society will not solve but infact create problems like urbanization which might sediment the turn out of real empowerment to very generic.
Our acceptance to change is the foremost science behind the flashing success of women empowerment. Reflecting learnings from one time to the present to create a life which suits the common interest of any family cannot transpire above the rapidly increasing need for us to act socially. EACH OF US !
I beleive that the untold stories of bravery can light up our souls to fight for a better tomorrow. There is nothing more powerful than a strong will combined with ultimately ferrious compassion. India is a land of roaring personalities and their remarkable stories. Today I am going to share an extremely proud story of a child bride from Andhra Pradesh who became the freedom fighter of India and much more than that. – Sahithi Divi
” DURGA BAI DESHMUKH ”
1909 – 1981
She was born on July 15, 1909, in the coastal Andhra Pradesh town of Rajahmundry to a social worker.
She got married at the age of eight . Freed herself from the child marriage with the help of her father.
As she turned 15, she fuelled up her life with a mission to uphold the position of women in India, Freedom Struggle and drafting the India constitution.
She revolted against the imposition of English in the schools , even quit her school.
She gave up every western attire to wear only hand spun Khadi.
She also led the Salt Satyagraha movement which took place in Madras and was sentenced to spend in jail inbetween the years 1930 to 1933.
Her stay in the jail gave her a close insight and understanding of the unmatched suffering of women who did not commit crimes. This led her to study law for mastering the rights and community strength.
She was the member of the constituent assembly and participated in moving almost 750 ammendments as a steering committee member of rules and proceedureat that time.
She was the founder of Andhra Mahila Sabha
She married Chintaman Deshmukh, the first governor of the Reserve Bank of India in 1953 with Jawaharlal Nehru as the witness.
She also served as a chairperson of the Central Social Welfare Board .
She also led the National Council of Women which she established in 1958. Set up to ensure equal rights of women in society.
Durgabai Deshmukh was the President of the Blind Relief Association and she also set up a school and light engineering workshop for the blind.
She represented India as a member of the Indian delegation in the World Food Congress held in Washington DC in 1963.
Durga Bai Deshmukh is a proud reciever of the Paul G Hoffman Award, Nehru Literacy Award, UNESCO Award and Padma Vibhushan.
After her priceless contribution to the nation, which we are still enjoying today ;She passed away in 1981.
“Life is uncertain and the life-span is limited. Why, then, wait to do a good thing?”
Durga Bai Deshmukh
Let us understand that Gender is a construct. If you have the will to make a change, you will advocate for it – Sahithi Divi
Gender Equality includes major elements like health, education, economical and also policy making or politics. Instead of harmonising these factors between such high population, we are inducing hierarchy in the social structures. Division of unequal talent on the basis of gender gives only unfulfillment to the country.
The economy which is growing at the fastest rate is struggling to cross the gender barriers dominated by hierarchial regulations which causes underutilization of women in workforce.
The desire for a male child may lead to the couple having more and more children which in turn leads to minimal resources allocated to the girl child in that family. Gender roles begin taking shape even before birth. According to the economic survey 2017-18 the long term affect of male child preference has created 21 million unwanted girls in India.
The physical safety of women is paired with social and cultural norms. In such situations, many of the women step back from doing what they desire. Opportunities and resources are useful only if they can be utilized by women equally.
Domestic voilence and gender discrimination in the outside world can bring down early conclusion to a women’s direction. By cutting her abilities down to cultural norms, there is very little from her to offer.
Defining gender roles begins with classifying colors , toys , cartoons role models and sport choices based on gender since the infant stage of the baby. These small things grow into who we become as adults, hence, reflecting on the economic development of the country ultimately.
The economics of this country lies in the fist of every child- children of all kinds and genders. Every milestone we set for this generation remains till the end of decades. If transformation is not pushed by reminding the existing fundamental rights to all, we are going nowhere.
Did You Know ? The country could add up to $770 billion—more than 18%—to its GDP by 2025, simply by giving equal opportunities to women, according to an April 23 report by the McKinsey Global Institute.