I work as a Storyteller at InsideIIM and Konversations.
2. How would you explain feminism to a 10-year-old?
I think kids are born feminists. They learn discrimination from the society. The best way to explain feminism to kids is through your actions. Kids tend to copy the actions of adults around them and learn behavioral traits. So just telling them that men and women are equal won't be enough.
3. What kind of impact do you think the #MeToo campaign created?
#MeToo movement created awareness about the magnitude of the problem. It made everyone more aware of different forms of sexual harassment that women face.
When I saw women speak up about incidents that happened years ago, I realized how much we have normalized sexual harassment. It’s something we have accepted as a part of life and it shouldn’t be that way.
Also, when men saw their sisters, mothers and girlfriends post #metoo on social media, it brought out a different kind of emotional reaction. They felt shocked, guilty, angry and at the same time helpless.
4. What attitudes towards women have you encountered by men in education - professors and students - that you wish to be corrected?
Since childhood, we are conditioned to believe that certain professions are not gender neutral. For instance, when you think of a nurse, a female figure comes to your mind but a nurse can be male too. So I think we need to do away these gender roles that have been defined by the society.
5. Having gotten the benefit of elite education, how do you plan to pass it on to other disadvantaged women?
I hope to make every woman I meet, feel empowered and believe in herself. I see so many women put other women down. It’s so sad. We should lift each other up.