‘IMPACT HOUR’ With Ratna Malladi

Written By Sahithi Divi as told by Ratna Malladi

Ratna Malladi, Mother, Architect, Entrepreneur |Founder – Yellow Seven Architects, Gender Equality Ambassador

When asked about female quotient, social stigma, strategy | powerplay, parenting, challenges of life in decentralised towns, purpose and finding oneself in this world…….Here is her Impact story.

She got married in the third year of her bachelors degree of Architecture. She is a mother of two wonderful children. She is an entrepreneur who broke all odds to turn every opportunity into a realtime project in front of which she proudly stands like a minuscule and moves forward. She, who does not shy away from teaching about sex education to her children and menstruation to her son , not just daughter. During my conversation with her , I found that she often connected dots from her childhood in relevance to her role as a parent who is also an entrepreneur in a male dominated field combined with social stigma. As a child she wished to have had the courage to speak up about the things she is unlearning as a women much later. When the driving force is family for a woman , she is unstoppable .

Worked for corporates like Keystone, Jurong, Phoenix as a leading Architect before she moved out to float her own enterprise Yellow Seven Architects . She is taking over new projects for scaling sustainable architecture in Andhra Pradesh and other parts of the country. Driven by expertise , she provides an intrapreneur atmosphere for her employees to enjoy their best performance.

She repeated the importance for every woman to exhibit her strength. She emphasised on the team work that she benefits from at home along with her husband to tackle the circular challenges which go unseen in the fast moving life journey. She received an unconditional companionship while relocating from a city to a smaller town that applauds beneath the social stigma of applauding a women in the first place. She believes that a women cannot belong to anybody except for her education and experience in order to prosper.

According to Ratna , every woman must prioritise to retain her financial freedom to embark beyond the possibilities set by acquainted stereotypes. Money is the value that you earn which defines you over a period of time. When asked about the impact of regulated societies on children? she narrated , how women are conditioned to behave and up-bring in a certain way differentiating between children through Gender. Parents need a chance to unlearn before teaching their kids. In contrary to this ,men also have a reflected pressure to carry financial atrocity and authority. This long term practice is now a norm divided by gender specific roles. Why is it challenging for anybody to go through the beautiful experience of a strong women with power ?

” Although women might be the answer to rising economies yet the real impact can be founded and measured through children “. says Ratna.

Her children bear the opportunity to watch home tasks and lifeskills performed by the mother and father equally. This visual learning grows with the child to create normalcy and detangle the gender roles with generosity. Schools must teach life skills like cleaning , cooking, gardening, sanitation, sex education that are non gender specific learnings to self sustainable life.Children learn from those whom they love. Every child must get used to see a women being in charge.

She looks back to the time ……when she immensely learned from her mother’s perseverance and her mother in law’s will power for Ratna’s career. They remained influential reasons to not get carried away withering to the changing weather of social introspection.

She wishes to be remembered as a happy woman who used her fire to spread the light and restore herself. She defines Democracy as bullshit, Gender as overrated and Love as companionship

Written by sahithi divi as told by Ratna Malladi ( source : http://www.impactscientist.com )

Gender Is A Home Affairs Matter

Written By Sahithi Divi

I strongly believe that gender equality is born and begins at home…….

Gender is a Home Affair

Gender Equality closely opens down to how your home and surroundings have shaped you. But now it is about how you shape it for the future generations to beleive what gender equality is ? Gender Equality is not about teaching new ways yet more about unlearning unconscious habits about showcasing inequality in any form backed by gender as the reason.

Home is the place which lands as the horizon for anyody to form a crazy imagination about their life. How many can uphold living multiple lives ? Gender equality will be true if each home has an advocate to remind irreversible benefits of bringing a mindshift of equality independent of gender as we will be able to enjoy the combined affect of identically allocated, consciously taken roles.

No matter whether you are living with a partner , you still run a home for your basic survival. Suddenly one day you get married and you forget to fulfill your own life skills . Some life skills are literally grounded as rules to be fulfilled naturally by women in most of the developing and under developed economies.


Education and awareness can definitely benefit us in some way and why not that begin with working on converting each of our homes into experiment centres to find out the ways to pluck out the gender inequality that shelters within us. Inequal exposure to resources, domestic voilence , patriarchy are the very few embedded characteristics that we can restructure into something useful. Homes have the ability to create unstoppable leaders but homes can also hide away the most mesmorising performances from coming to life. Every home can navigate it’s people towards who they want to be rather than who they must be.


We must stop asking a person what was your dream ? and start asking what is your dream ? Let your home nuture the dreams of all equally. Gender is after all a construct.



Written By Sahithi Divi

Kanya = (Fresh) daughter ; Daan = Donation ? I Oppose This Practise

Written By Sahithi Divi

#iopposekanyadaan

Kanyadaan is giving away the bride as a symbolic marriage ritual . Father of the Bride take’s his daughters hand and places it in the Groom’s hand, requesting for him to accept his daughter to be an equal partner.When I google the word ‘Kanya ‘ , it confuses me what a modest, fresh and virgin daugther means. This is performed in order to transfer the responsibility of daughter into the hands of the groom and his family. In my opinion giving away your daughter in donation to wash your sins after bringing her up with such compassion does not fit well with my beliefs. Along with the changing times we forgot to update the rituals to what applies today and why ? The big change is hard to imagine but what about you who is reading this ?


While we are talking about serious social issues leading to gender inequality and the changes we cannot bring on the larger scale, what about advocating for your own equality to stand as a strong example for others to begin their life not as a donated object but a person who underwent a celebration of their union called marriage.


By practising Kanyadaan, the positioning of woman in the family is naturally a draft of bound customs. A lot speaks about the things that we do not question about. There must be some beginning , a collective voice and a powerful repulsion about how we demonstrate rights,in public in form of customs. Due to the potrayal of idiolic rituals gender bias get priorly infused on public platforms and hence, such unopposed beliefs become common norms.

“Unopposed beliefs become common norms”.

Kanyadaanam is a personal expirience which one goes through and it is your own descision to question it or to convert that to a meaningful context that hooks to your view of life. While this ritual occurs at the start of wedding journey , it lays foundation to behavioral hierarchy and common expectation for millions of uniquely different girls. Inferiority need not be economic status , it can also be highly comparable to how she is treated or how her decision making naturally becomes someone else’s right or responsibility overnight.

Everything begins with you. Let us know your thoughts about this custom and why we must bring an end to it as it gives a very inequal picture to the whole world from where the life of a girl begins after marriage.

#iopposekanyadaan

I raise my voice against donating daughters publicly in a wedding celebration.

Written By Sahithi Divi

Why Is India Held Back ?

Gender Equality is an insulated topic admist the false moral regulations. Indian constitution provides equal rights to men and women whereas the differences are unmeasurable. The economic health of our country is divided between men, women and neutral genders. Even in today’s context, the conditional differences are wiping out the fundamental rights of the person by blocking it with gender stereotyping breaking out their original potential to generate financial independence through employement or self employed sources.

BUT “

Whether it be a family, school, government or any institution; the efficiency of functionality will be deeply effected due to the discriminative pullbacks consisting of gender bias. Business solutions cannot free the mental stigma that has been induced by generations worth of embedded preachings which classify roles and deliverables based on gender. Limitations created by the common belief backed by majority is a comfirmed as a backlog for a healthy ecosystem. Talking about India’s diversity of resources where are we in providing those resources to our women equally ?


Here isthe thing, poviding resources does not mean a special status. It means not occupying someone else’s freedom of availing their fundamental right to health, education, employement, marital implications, sexual descisions, childbirth and many pre formed templates into which objective genders are categorised into.

The change has to begin from within us, to be able to believe the statistics which say that India can add upto $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.

Written By Sahithi Divi (source : http://www.impactscientist.com ) ( stat source : weforum.org)

What Is Your Responsibilty Towards Gender Equality ?

Written by Sahithi Divi

Gender is independent of an individual’s sex, it is an evolving choice and  personal conception of how one wants to live their life. Gender based education is very important at a young age for self discovery. Here we do not discuss the type of genders, instead we first learn to embrace the diversity of gender for a gentle ride for all. 


Many of us around us are quietly taking on the burden of making  personal choices about appearance, lifestyle, professional path and intimate universe. Gender is how a person chooses to live their life. There is a lot of imbalance in developing societies, the imbalance that shuts down risk taking abilities of a person based on the objectively formed gender biases. 

Not only Education and awareness but also a community that embraces the differences between people independent of gender is essential. 

What can you do ? 

LOVE ALL
  • Promoting an inclusive society for co existence (Not feminism and gender diversity alone) 
  • Talk to your friends and allow them to share ( Hear to indifferent unharmful personal perspectives with respect) 
  • Create awareness about gender diversity to normalise your surrounding about it ( Fearlessly speak up to the abnormal reactions) 
  • Destigmatize the  decision making process at least for the immediate person you are dealing with. ( Give your hand to those who need it to cross societal barriers) 
  • Question the stereotypes about gender stigma around you ( If you feel something is not right, then question)

In the journey of life everyone goes through their own battles, but gender is one fight that we can resolve better together. 

Written By Sahithi Divi ( http://www.impactscientist.com )



Where Is Gender Equality In India ?

Written by Sahithi Divi

India is the world’s largest democracy and second largest populous country. With stinkingly diversified geography compassed with an ancient history, India is excelling rapidly in technology, skill building and various fields. But what is the place of Gender Equality in India ? What are the areas affected due to the deeply rooted Gender Inequality? How can it bleach into an outburst of social downfall ?

The Sustainable Development Goal 5 – Gender Equality to me, converts into equal opportunites and access to economic resources for every person regardless of gender or behavioral uniquness. In addition to the brutal practices fought against Gender like Female Genital Mutilation, Child marriage, Discrimination against men through child labour and many more, it is very challenging to gauge the impact of Gender Equality just with it’s definition, as it prevails in soo many forms on every level in almost all sectors. Let us explore some basics of picturing the futuristic red zones in Gender Bias…

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  • Regardless of the social hierarchy, gender bias exists in Politics, Healthcare, Economic positions, Entertainment, Education, Sports, Aviation , Agriculture, Low income working forces and Homes.
  • The challenge comes in form of Right to Education, Employment, Descison making, Marital implications, Financial access, Socio- economic limitations, Professional bottomline choices and Gender based behavioral expectations.
  • Resulting in seperation of normalcy between different genders at young age that supresses my transgender friends to speak up, young girls to drop out for home needs or marriage and men to discontinue education for a daily wage.
  • While the problem is socially stubborn, the change has to start from Homes? Schools? Work place? Government? – to create awareness asking for a mindshift in unlearning the stereotypes that came along.
  • We must come together and believe strongly that Gender Equality accelerates the country’s economic growth. By providing communication channels, digital tools, reducing the financial stigma on men, maternity support and women empowerment indexes creating socially aware and healthier families.
  • Discrimination of any gender hampers the balance in performace at home, public or private sector – affecting the productivity that will benefit everyone in the end.
  • Gender Equality is far more than a fundamental right. The only sustainable way to achieve it is to be aware, create awareness, empower others and don’t stop!

Above is an introduction for the key role indicators and challenges faced by Gender Equality that are affecting us like an epidemic. Let us build on this idea – to live the dream of a world free from Gender Inequality.

Written by Sahithi Divi ( source : http://www.impactscientist.com)