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The last is­sue of Fri­day car­ried two ar­ti­cles that ex­plored var­i­ous as­pects of gen­der bias in a very elo­quent way. One was the big story (‘Why are there so few women in Sil­i­con Val­ley?’, May 9) that dis­cussed how the world of tech­nol­ogy is still full of chau­vin­is­tic men who do not recog­nise the talent, merit and po­ten­tial of women who are strug­gling to break through the glass ceil­ing to achieve their goals.

The other was ‘Ye­men’s child brides’, which left me with tears in my eyes. I am just not able to fathom how par­ents can marry off their lit­tle girls to men up to five times older for a small dowry. It is not just about loss of in­no­cence but scar­ring these young lives for­ever.

So what I’ve un­der­stood from these ar­ti­cles is that so­cial fac­tors like lit­er­acy, eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and cul­tural back­ground can­not change a per­son’s at­ti­tude. If women want to see change, they have to come to­gether to ini­ti­ate it them­selves.

We need to take in­spi­ra­tion from Nu­jood Ali, the girl men­tioned in the ar­ti­cle, who at the age of 10 showed im­mense courage by get­ting a di­vorce from her much older, abu­sive hus­band. Ku­dos to Nu­jood and to all those women who are pur­su­ing their dreams in spite of the ad­ver­si­ties they face from the so­ci­eties they live in.

SHIKHA KAUR, VIA EMAIL You’re right, Shikha, it takes courage and unity to fight in­equal­ity but I’m glad Fri­day is high­light­ing such is­sues. Only that way can the mes­sage spread and changes hap­pen. Karen, edi­tor.

Ien­joyed read­ing about how one man has com­pletely trans­formed a vil­lage in In­dia (‘A model In­dian vil­lage’, May 9). Rad­heyshyam Ya­dav’s ef­forts prove that if we want to see change then all we re­quire is a strong will and we will be able to make it hap­pen our­selves.

We need to stop ex­pect­ing change from our politi­cians and au­thor­i­ties and, most im­por­tantly, stop com­plain­ing about all that is wrong with so­ci­ety and with the sys­tem.

It is our pas­sive at­ti­tude to­wards all that is wrong, that en­cour­ages it.

SU­NITA SRI­VAS­TAVA, VIA EMAIL

Ev­ery week I look for­ward to read­ing Fri­day – I just love it! I thought the in­ter­view with au­thor Liz Fenwick was in­spir­ing (‘I’m dyslexic so I love spellcheck’, May 2).

Here is a nov­el­ist who has to strug­gle with her dys­lexia but has gone on to be­come a best­selling au­thor. I also write short sto­ries and have never found the courage to send them to pub­lish­ers, but now Liz has given me enough con­fi­dence to take up writ­ing se­ri­ously.

I have started send­ing my writ­ing to agents and pub­lish­ers and am keep­ing my fin­gers crossed. This ar­ti­cle was an eye-opener for me as mother­hood put my writ­ing as­pi­ra­tions on hold.

Thank you Fri­day – and thank you, Liz, too.

TRUPTI DATEY, ABU DHABI

Ijust want to tell you guys that you’re do­ing a great job. I’ve been a fan of the mag­a­zine since I first laid hands on it years ago. From Suresh Menon’s col­umns to cook­ery and fea­tures,

love it all. I would like to share a photo I took with last week’s edi­tion (be­low). You guys sim­ply rock!

ALEENA, VIA FACE­BOOK Thanks Aleena – you rock too. Who else can take a Fri­day selfie and send it to us?

Qual­ity of life in this vil­lage got you talk­ing…

Nu­jood Ali, who showed great courage

A Fri­day selfie – show us yours

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