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.



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When To Get Married And To Whom ?

Written By Sahithi Divi ( Sustainable Development Goal 5 of UNDP 2030 Goal )

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United Nation Population Fund , 140 million girls will become child brides by 2020 in india

Giving birth is a choice, being born is not. Once if a baby comes onto this planet, then it our individual responsibility to strengthen the social complexity for a girl surrounding her. A girl even without a right to vote can she be ready for forced sex and child bearing ? Every girl has been restricted from unlocking her place in the world saying ” The Society” will not accpet. Each of you reading this compiles of the society but you again draw boundaries for a girl saying some other set of families might not agree to your perception of living life.


Marriage is a very transformative phase of a person’s life. Although after the marriage takes place the complexity can occur from both the sides. Yet the age, person, child birth , continuation of education, pursuance of a career, personal choices are navigated by the family just for a ‘women’ mostly.

Isn’t it ?

When must a women get married and to whom ?

The answer is –

IT IS A WOMEN’S RIGHT TO CHOOSE WHEN SHE WANTS TO GET MARRIED AND TO WHOM ! ALSO ILLEGAL TO PERFORM A CHILD MARRIAGE FOR A GIRL BELOW THE AGE OF 18 AND BOY BELOW 21 .


But as per the UNICEF report even today in India 27 % of the girls are married before the age of 18 , that is 1 out of 3 girls. India also has the highest number of child brides in the world which accounts to 15,509,000 girls.


National Geographic website – image source

Socio economic conditions being the major reason for the early marriage . Whom to marry is still decided by the 
the parent / guardian / family, for which we do not have verified data. Whom a girl marries is the most important factor because personal accomplishment in such a socially complex environment is hard. There is a constant fight for self empowerment leading to the world never expiriencing her full potential. This is a serious loss to the country.


This concern arises because only 25 % of the graduate women are in the work force today.


The government is working up to provide various incentives / schemes to improvise the overall conditions for the vulnerable women. But I strongly commend that most of the human rights issues have to be addressed more from a personal level to attain the maximum impact. Cross polinating the education about women rights and creating awareness can be done by you.

In cities for example, your house help, watchman, driver, gardner etc. are the people facing the vulnerability. Some parents are adement due to lack of education, some are afraid about the security of their girl child, some are unable to afford the cost and most of them are deeply affected by the conclusions given by the so called community or society around them.


Give your voice and counsel as many people around you about the mental and health benefits for not only the girl but also which will reflect on the overall social health of the family. Educate and encourage girls to be able to speak about their preference of choice or make a choice about who they must marry.


AGE – You can click on the below link to read the Indian Laws –

The child marriage prohibition act – click here

PERSONAL RIGHTS OF CHOICE – You can click on the link below to read the Indian Laws

Women Rights In your Favour

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( stat source – http://legislative.gov.in/sites/default/files/A2007-06.pdf , https://yourstory.com/2016/06/laws-that-protect-women-rights ) ( child marriage image courtesy : https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/south-asia/India-has-second-highest-number-of-child-marriages-Unicef/article11131187.ece , https://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2019/mar/28/tripura-reports-second-highest-child-marriages-rate-in-india%E2%80%8B-1957202.html , https://www.freeonlineindia.in/child-marriage-social-issue-history/ )

Do You Have A Role In Equalizing Economy ?

Written by Sahithi Divi ( Intro)

While the end beneficiary of gender inequality could be either of the gender’s situationally; although women are the most fabricated in stigma. The whole other perspective of looking at gender inequality is analysing the economical areas of the country which are depleting due to ground level stereotyping. The few major economic drivers of our country are the following:

  • AgriculturE
  • Policy Making
  • Business ownership
  • Homemakers
  • RURAL ECONOMIC DRIVERS
  • Sports
  • Corporate 
  • Cultural
  • Research and Development
  • Foundational skill building

Independent of the sector, gender has crept into the root cause of driving imbalance. Our country is a mega diverse economy where gender is percieved in numerous ways. Gender inequality can cause a slump in GDP ? Women equal participation ? Categorising house hold ? Placing the priorities under social timelines is a challenging descision making scenario. If you are wondering that gender equality is not your area of action; probably we need to restructure every field and resource for equal distribution to gauge the power of balanced sex ratios.

I aim to explain the undervalued strength which lies in gender inequality that is contemplating on toxic levels with the existing opportunities. I hope this article does reflect that your role does exist in playing the gender equalizer.

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

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)

Which Sustainable Goal Do You Resonate With ?

Written by Sahithi Divi

We are habituated to plan everything in our life. Why not organise the Impact Creation ?

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are formed by the United Nations like a universal  light house for social change, these are milestones that are curated to be known as the global goals to refer the cause and  direction to initiate, execute and measure the impact-change. It is the right time to learn about theses global milestones and align  your area of interest keeping these 17 burning areas, that act like the periodic pledge of social impact. Along with digital evolution, riddles of cross platform operations have created the need for a common flag of a better world to classify its impact for the people. Every person has a different purpose and if that is rightly channelized with a professional aspiration that is when we can create not only a quantitative but also a qualitative social impact in the world.

The Sustainable Development Goals

Continue reading “Which Sustainable Goal Do You Resonate With ?”

Friendship Day Reminds Me Of My Friend From The Basque Country

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Our First Meet In SriLanka

My husband and I were returning from Australia to India with a layover in Sri Lanka for a day . That’s when we decided to explore the nearby places and ended up in a cozy traveler’s hostel at Galle Fort, Sri Lanka to unwind for an hour. When I reached out to get a view of the anciently tucked luxurious streets from our balcony, saw this guy with a Lonely Planet book and a fifteen year old translator greeting a warm-filled happy ‘ Hello My Fraiendd’ ! After all when you are looking for an experience, never miss taking forward to have that exciting conversation just because you don’t know the language. ( the three of us had a very good time for that one hour before we left)

Basque Country

His name is Oier Areitio from Eibar town in the Basque Countryof Spain“.

Few months later in Hyderabad…

Homecoming
Time For Homecooked Indian Meal
  • Homecoming – Oier actually came back to see us in India before leaving to Spain. That one day taught me a lot about life when I learnt that he decided to spend his limited time and resources to meet us and not touring few more places instead. He showed a gesture that exhales soo much Value.
  • Aura – He is a farmer in The Basque country, empath yet an individual non perfectionist who believes in sudden plans, instant hugs, spreading humor and endless sarcasm.
  • Celebrating differences – He embraced how different things were, never compared or complaint. While he indulged on ‘India food feast’ he also cooked his local dishes for us. He serenely enjoyed the elements that made him uncomfortable because he could see through people.
  • Musical Nostalgia – While we held to the collections from i tunes, Spotify etc. During his stay with us we found unbelievable sources/collection from the local radio stations back in The Basque country. Like he came with gift boxes full of music we love but haven’t heard before.
  • Co existence – Oier not only connected with us two but also owned everyone we know here. He made memories with everything that is connected to us that he experienced during his stay. He connects on a human level for easily becoming a part of where he is.
  • The Game Of Thrones – When he showed us the videos of his country, we realized it is the same location where Danerys lands on the Dragonstone. And then he tells us about the many other locations we see in the GOT t.v show and awe about are just less than a thirty min drive for him. Theplace we grow up reflects in our approach towards life.
  • Blissful Goodbye -His goodbye remained, igniting a dream for us to go there in search of him ; so that he can play his character in our life’s movie to once again to broaden the horizons and grow.

My Fraiendd is My Familia now…

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

Why Design Thinking 💭 is the key to Social Impact ?

Written by Sahithi Divi

Design thinking is a complete different human centred approach of multi disciplinary analysis and problem solving .

During my very first experience , with a peer group from five nationalities, we set out on this learning experience. Our agenda was to derive deeper value , align a pipeline based thought process and come up with a value dense executional model.

The following framework is the blueprint of design thinking-

Empathise –> Define –> Ideate –> Prototype –> Test –> Implement

Benefits of Design Thinking

  • ReInforces Collaboration
  • User focused design and Innovation
  • Sustainable solutions
  • Stakeholder understanding
  • Self discovery ( business characteristics and personality )
  • Useful for the corporates in integrating a boosted morale in employee engagement.
  • Promotes team spirit and leadership
  • Teaches life’s basic yet prominent values that come with potential business solutions.
  • Regardless of department, size of the company , location etc on any level Design Thinking can be applied.

Sharing a feedback from an old man in San Francisco whom I got a chance to interview in our efforts to optimise mental health stigma.

Get started to explore more and indulge yourself in design thinking process. Apply it on various levels of your strategy.

Written by Sahithi Divi

( source : ImpactScientist.com)