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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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