International Women’s Day 2013

March 8, 2013 at 9:53 am

Happy International Women’s Day! I have been meaning to publish a story I shot in India a while back in time for International Women’s Day 2013 but I ran out of time. India has always fascinated me for many reasons and especially now because it has one foot in the contemporary and one foot in the ancient, the two Worlds do not easily mix. Recent events are again highlighting the need for change more than ever before .The recent shocking details which are emerging from the gang-rape case of an Indian student in Delhi has led to a fierce and unprecedented debate about attitudes towards females in India. It is very sad that it takes such an awful event to hopefully begin a much needed spotlight for change in how Indian women are viewed and treated in a modern India. Change is always going to be slow when it comes to deep seated attitudes but at least when people are talking there is hope.

I’ve been so busy the last few weeks I haven’t been able to finish the article and it has had to take a back seat but I just want to say how inspired I was by all of the women I met in India for this project on contemporary females in India. And because I have an aversion to words without images here’s a quick scan of Raksha Vadhaiya, 37, a yoga teacher at Mumbai University. A very inspiring women who is helping to push India towards a safe and equal society for women, “If you are AWARE of your capacities then there is help, if you take the first step people will help you”.