And please ignore the lipstick…

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What women want

Posted by Team burrp! on March 7, 2014 in b! buzz · 0 Comments

Women make up close to 50 per cent of the total voting population in India. burrp! asked a few them across Mumbai and Delhi what changes they would like to see happen for women in India.

According to the latest report by World Economic Forum, India stands among one of the worst countries for women. We spoke to few women in Mumbai and Delhi across professions to find out what transformations they would like to see in their cities to take us up a few notches and make this a better place for women.

Anahita N Dhondy, Chef @ Soda Bottle Openerwala
“As an Indian woman one change that I would like to see is more women coming to power, more women being on top in different fields, more women being the drivers of change and definitely more women chef’s taking over kitchens. It would be a dream to someday see an all-women kitchen in my city.”

Anahita N Dhondy

Dr Aanchal Khurana, Skydiving Expert
“I would like to change the stereotypical image of women in the society. We need to make a change within ourselves, in our attitude, and be the only ones who set the limits on what we can achieve. To quote Michael Jackson’s Man in the mirror, ‘I’m starting with the man in the mirror. I’m asking him to make a change.”

Dr. Aanchal Khurana

Neeti Palta, Stand Up Comedian
“The change that I want to see is women’s attitude towards other women. So come on mommies, raise your boys to be gentlemen. Raise your daughters as equals. Mothers have more power than anyone realises. After all, who else do we blame for all our issues once we grow up?”

Neeti Palta

Amrita Rana, Entrepreneur @ Life Ki Recipe
“The attitude of women needs to change to bring about any change in India. They shouldn’t think twice about shouting, screaming or getting attention if they feel someone acting odd, trying to grope them or brush past them. I wish we could empower women to call attention to, rather than be ashamed of the situation.”

Amrita Rana

Kiran Manral, Author
“Firstly, there should be better sanitation for women. The public toilets that we have in cities are few and even those in most cases are filthy. A number of villages have no proper sanitation facilities at all. Secondly, we should raise our sons to be more gender sensitive. They should treat women as equals not because they have to but because they believe it for themselves.”

Kiran Manral

Reema Prasanna, Digital Marketing Specialist
“I believe that given the current crime rate, girls should be taught basic self defence for free as part of our education system. Besides giving women access to aids like pepper spray, they need to be educated on how and when to use it, for it to be effective.”

Reema Prasanna

Meghna Dukle Pandit, Fashion Designer
“A change that I would like to see is better sanitation system for women. Given that we pay our taxes, we should have dedicated mobile toilets just for women, which should be cleaned regularly and maintained. In a city like Mumbai where working women travel continuously it becomes really difficult to use any of the available public toilets.”

Meghna Dukle Pandit

While we would also like to see better sanitation options for women in the city, we also think that educating women on their rights as well as their responsibilities is equally important. For example, empowering women to take on traditionally male roles in the city, like driving cabs can only be an improvement, if they consistently drive more responsibly than other drivers on the street. If you have a comment, suggestion or a view that you’d like to share, leave a comment or tweet to us on @burrp_mumbai, @burrp_delhi and hashtag #womensday

With inputs from Shirin Mehrotra, Ayushi Arora and Tanya Gupta

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About Kiran Manral

Kiran Manral published her first book, The Reluctant Detective in 2011. Since then, she has published eight books across genres till date. Her books include romance and chicklit with Once Upon A Crush (2014), All Aboard (2015), Saving Maya (2017); horror with The Face at the Window (2016) and nonfiction with Karmic Kids (2015), A Boy’s Guide to Growing Up (2016) and True Love Stories (2017). Her short stories have been published on Juggernaut, in magazines like Verve and Cosmopolitan, and have been part of anthologies like Chicken Soup for the Soul, Have a Safe Journey (2017) and Boo (2017). Her articles and columns have appeared in the Times of India, Tehelka, DNA, Yowoto, Shethepeople, New Woman, Femina, Verve, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Conde Nast Traveller, DB Post, The Telegraph, the Asian Age, iDiva, TheDailyO and more. She was shortlisted for the Femina Women Awards 2017 for Literary Contribution. She is a TEDx speaker and a mentor with Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk 2017.
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