‘Women should actively work to take up more space’

by Rashmee

Posted on May 12, 2021


/ TAKE UP ONE IDEA The other day I heard bestselling American crime writer Sara Paretsky talking about reimagining women’s place in society. She put forward an interesting idea: women should actively work to take up space. Ms Paretsky, who is now in her 70s, told the BBC World Service (the interview is right towards … Continue reading “‘Women should actively work to take up more space’”

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Women’s rights mean coming to the table ‘as you are, knitting needles in hand’

by Rashmee

Posted on March 17, 2021


/ TAKE UP ONE IDEA Two of the more interesting ideas on gender equity have emerged from Europe, more specifically, from the European Commission’s executive vice-president Margrethe Vestager. Politico recently reported that Ms Vestager has been calling for a gender perspective on tech regulation. That’s because if the current, “very non-diverse community” builds Artificial Intelligence … Continue reading “Women’s rights mean coming to the table ‘as you are, knitting needles in hand’”

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If politics is now a ‘co-ed sport’, women have to take the ball and run… and run

by Rashmee

Posted on November 19, 2019


I was very taken by Ruth Marcus’s comment in The Washington Post on the great change that has come to US politics: It’s now a “co-ed sport”. As she writes: “The notion of a woman running for president has evolved from singular curiosity in 2016 (Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina, alone in their respective parties) … Continue reading “If politics is now a ‘co-ed sport’, women have to take the ball and run… and run”

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The MJ Akbar case shows women need men to embrace #MeToo for it to have any real impact

by Rashmee

Posted on November 7, 2018 / The National


There has been a lot of activity around India’s #MeToo movement of late and depending on where you stand, it’s either too much or too little. But one thing is clear: Indian women, like those elsewhere, cannot always rely on the sisterhood and presume its members will stand solidly alongside them in the trenches for … Continue reading “The MJ Akbar case shows women need men to embrace #MeToo for it to have any real impact”

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Woman to have baby is really not a news story. But a prime minister?

by Rashmee

Posted on January 19, 2018


Put a 37-year-old woman in the prime minister’s office and the next thing you know she’s having a baby. It’s funny but the news from New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern’s office is exactly what first propelled her to global attention. In early August, soon after being elected to lead the country’s Labour party, Ms … Continue reading “Woman to have baby is really not a news story. But a prime minister?”

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Saudi should be pleased Belgium believes its pledge on women’s rights

by Rashmee

Posted on December 22, 2017


The Saudi Crown Prince should be pleased. A few months after his very public, much-touted promise of furthering and respecting the rights of women, Belgium is to send Riyadh its first female ambassador. Brussels has said that its appointment of a woman as its envoy in the conservative country will send a “clear signal” about … Continue reading “Saudi should be pleased Belgium believes its pledge on women’s rights”

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Are US Republicans the party of the moral majority or of Donald Trump and Roy Moore?

by Rashmee

Posted on December 9, 2017


  When Al Franken resigns from the US Senate he will be the most prominent American politician so far to be felled by the swirling allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct. US President Donald Trump remains unaffected. Let us not forget that Mr Trump continued as the Republican Party’s presidential candidate and was subsequently elected … Continue reading “Are US Republicans the party of the moral majority or of Donald Trump and Roy Moore?”

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Jacinda Ardern. Sebastian Kurz. Emmanuel Macron. Justin Trudeau…roll call of the young

by Rashmee

Posted on October 19, 2017


With Jacinda Ardern’s ascent (by coalition-deal-making on Thursday) to New Zealand’s highest office, that’s four national leaders under the age of 45. Ms Ardern, 37, is feisty and, it has to be said, extraordinarily lucky. She only became leader of New Zealand’s Labour Party in August. She managed to insert herself into the national (and … Continue reading “Jacinda Ardern. Sebastian Kurz. Emmanuel Macron. Justin Trudeau…roll call of the young”

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What Singapore’s hijab-wearing first woman president tells us about that efficient city-state

by Rashmee

Posted on September 15, 2017


Speak to an Indian, a Brit or an American about Singapore and listen to them get all sniffy. “Great success story,” they will acknowledge, “but it’s not exactly democratic, is it?” The Indian, the Brit or the American may end their comment on Singapore with a question mark but depend on it, it’s not a question. … Continue reading “What Singapore’s hijab-wearing first woman president tells us about that efficient city-state”

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Is it sexist to ask a potential employee their plans? Only if it’s a young-ish woman it seems

by Rashmee

Posted on August 3, 2017


Is it sexist to ask a potential employee their plans for the future? Yes, if it’s a woman of child-bearing age, which sounds really quite bananas if you think about it. Bananas because having children does affect women more than men – physically and in terms of time off. So in one sense, it’s entirely … Continue reading “Is it sexist to ask a potential employee their plans? Only if it’s a young-ish woman it seems”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK