‘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 )

Daughters Are The Human Capital Of India ?

Written By Sahithi Divi

Women consists of 48 % of population in India

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 !

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

Statitics : if any ( https://www.weforum.org )

Participate In your Nation’s Outcry

Written by Sahithi Divi

This Is Where We Shall Start…!

All we have to do today is, to allow eachother, independent of gender bias to unleash their complete potential for the full benefit of our nation. By ignoring the social barriers faced by the opposite gender, we are objectively holding back our country from taking a leap that can bring us back all the years we ever lost to history. Only individuals can bring the dreams of this nation come true.

Are we waiting for a revolution to take place without participating ?

We are getting suppressed in the mirages of aspirational dreams. Here we are ,  choking our country from performing its capability.

How can we wait longer ?

Gender Equality cannot be resolved by our government, because there are scarecely any women in the policy making. Think about the real life immediate leadership centres you come across ; like home, school, workplace, communities etc.

Act, Advocate and Allign with your opposite gender to support each other like a community. That is what will make gender equality heal us ‘together’ as a nation one day.

That is where we shall start, at HOME.

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

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.

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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)

Irreversible Changes In A Women’s Lifecycle – How it affects the country’s performance

Written by Sahithi Divi

Why is India on the 132 nd position out of 187 countries on gender inequality index? Women showed manifesting participation in every field, still what makes Gender Equality a prime goal for an inclusive development of the world. If half our country’s population is women then imagine what would happen if half of us are unable to unleash our fundamental potential and are held back ? Gender is an unimportant economic plague without it’s equality.


The International Monetary Fund finds that India’s GDP will increase by 27 percent if women equally played a role in economy . There are some serious issues dangerously affecting the developing economies  and gender is the major cause for some of these following irreversible changes enforced by gender bias on women.

BIRTH — Female foeticide is irreversible. It results in the decline of sex ratio of the country, causing societal imbalance. Social discrimination begins with sex determination.

PRIMARY EDUCATION: Government provides free education to all, making education a fundamental right for children. But early school drop outs are dominantly gender bias inflicted victims. If any difficulty arises in the family, education will sail apart from HER in the first place.

EMPLOYMENT: Employement is a social luxury for majority of women in India. This phase of life needs courage, whereas working women can be easily objectivised by stereotypical gender policing. Literacy rate of Indian women is 67% but the turn out at work place of women is inconsiderably low, hampering the GDP drastically.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Does not get any easier here !! Safe working atmosphere, commuting challenges against the time of the day, women centric generalised expectations and traditional beliefs contrasting the work efficiency or performance remain the first hand hassles for many ( infact most ) working Indian women.

MARRIAGE: Society/ Family play the dominant role in marriage choices, than the person actually getting married. Changing that person’s life in a day for the rest of their life. Marriage is created into generational upliftment of families and not individuals. How will more and more women be able to contribute to the country if they are held back in imaginary beliefs and regulations ?

MOTHERHOOD : Sadly, even motherhood does not come as a personal choice to many women while ignoring the health and financial implications induced onto them. Domestic voilence, gender dominance, rape and many other reasons can cause motherhood, which can never be taken back or changed from that women.

Gender Inequality is irreversible

UNPAID LIFESKILL: Under-utilised and unpaid skill delivered by women in domestic roles is highly under valued. Revisit the unmeasured power of homemakers and direct them for delivering a skill that can trigger the country’s outbound potential. Our homes are carrying the most value watsed power.

Gender Equality is an emergency not an emerging need.  Everyday that we don’t take action, millions of women are facing the cruel effects of gender inequality.

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

( source : stats- http://www.world.org )



Can You Answer To This Young Boy’s Letter ?

In Feb 2017, I set out on a trip to Sri Lanka to find my answers. After an intense one year of  Masters in Social Entrepreneurship, it was emotionally overwhelming for me to picture my purpose, burning with a restless soul I wanted to find my place in the world. To explore what my heart connects with? way of giving back? the cause that I can take responsibility of and make it the reason for my existence. 


UNDP – AIESEC facilitated voluntouring, training, travelling and hopping around Sri Lanka to schools, churches and village centres. I chose sustainable development goal 5 to teach the locals and create awareness about gender bias related affects ; if possible convince them to break out of the social stigma they are told to live with.  It’s true, that by giving back to the community, things begin to settle down for an other start of what I call my independent introduction to social action !

The boy wrote,” If a girl is in trouble and if I am the only boy trying to help her everyone will think in a different way and society makes up stories, what do you have to do ?”

Sri Lanka is a long long story for a single shot. Hence, I breakdown down my moments of Impact and share about my uniquely special expiriences.  Here is one such story from Sri Lanka of a boy who wrote a letter to me after I gave the session on Gender Equality at school, for the 6 th grade. He was shy to speak out. Yes, even strong boys can be shy to speak up. I call him strong because of what he wrote in the letter. Below attached is the image of the letter from the boy.


What did you feel after reading his letter ? That it is a common teenage ritual which I am exageratting? Instead, lets look at the other side of the most common.

  • The young boy took the initiative to write down his problem. He cares, thus, he is strong.
  • He is feeling scared of being supportive to his female friend.
  • At such a young age he is worried about society making up stories. Who is the society? What are we ignoring while providing education? Peer pressure is unavoidable, but societal pressure for a kid ?
  • He is thinking about his friend’s trouble, dealing with his reputation, confused about right and wrong, holding back to speak up because he knows he might be isolated further and still able to balance himself. 
  • He did not stop helping his friend. He is perseverant and is ready to think about a sustainable solution.
  • I answered him to do the right thing confidently and share with trusted elders about the situation in detail without being scared like how he came up to me.

Society means nobody if we don’t account ourselves into it. Children are continuously learning from surroundings. His letter showed me how it feels to reach your first milestone in life. But there are millions of children confused in the context of contaminating gender inequality.

Hope his letter gives you something valueble too that inspires you to act.

Sahithi Divi
Click on the above video to watch my journey to self discovery

Written by Sahithi Divi ( source : http://www.impactscientist.com)( Feautured image of boy : pexels.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)