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New Delhi, March 7, 2017: Around 64 per cent working women in the metro cities were satisfied with their workplaces, industry body PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry said on Tuesday.

“Majority of women participants (64 per cent) stated they were either completely or somewhat satisfied with their work,” said a survey on “Work Life and Balance and Health Concerns of Women” undertaken by PHD Research Bureau.

The survey said a positive trend was seen in work satisfaction though most women (70 per cent) worked 8-10 hours and travelled long distances, often devoting more than an hour to reach their workplaces.

A majority of women (77 per cent) said the government should come out with more policies for women empowerment.

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According to the industry body, the PHD Research Bureau surveyed around 5,000 working and non-working women from Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata and Chennai in January-February through a structured questionnaire.

“Of the surveyed women, 56 per cent (2,800) respondents were working women while 44 per cent (2,200) were non-working women,” the report pointed out.

“The majority (84 per cent) reported that they devote 2-4 hours in household work and 49 per cent said they have domestic help.”

The report, however, noted that little support came from family members in running household errands.

The industry body said the survey study was an endeavour to explore and strike a balance between work, life and health status of women in the country. (IANS)

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These 8 successful Muslim women are showcasing Freedom their way!

Though there are forsure many but here we present to you the some handful of success stories of Muslim women in modern world. Totally independant and unbounded, they have carved a niche for themselves in many fields through their creativity, talent and self - belief

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Bashing unfreedom-The new age Muslim woman.Pixeby

Not everyone is following rigid fundamentalism these days. In 2017, people and specially some inspiring Muslim women are embracing freedom and individuality through their inspirational work in global markets. Be it fashion, lifestyle,sports or politics- they are setting standards in every domain, breaking stereotypes all the way long!

Have a look at the success stories of these leading Muslim ladies and what they believe in.

SAUFEEYA GOODSON

Dubai based fashion entrepreneur Saufeeya is a global figure appearing in many fashion magazines. Being the co-owner of Modest Route, she has re- branded Modest fashion in a very stylised manner grabbing the attention of 2million followers on instagram page. She is frequently mentioned in Vogue or Teen Vogue under the trademark of her bold, daring and contemporary outfits made for modern age Muslim woman. This trendsetter with her avant garde style has been revolutionizing Islamic modest clothing in world.

CAROLYN WALKER-DIALLO

Carolyn hit the headlines when she was sworn in with the Quran back in 2015, becoming the first ever New York City Civil court judge to do so. She bravely stood up to the backlash that resulted later but her strong act inspired many Muslim women around the world. It somehow relieved them from communal stigmatization that they go through.

LINDA SARSOUR

Linda Sarsour- civil right's activist
Linda Sarsour- civil right’s activist.wikimedia.commons

 

Linda, a Palestinian- American civil rights activist, is popularly known for her key role in helping to organize the 2017 Women’s March in Washington.It was a public demonstartion led by women coming together from all walks of life. With her resolute, Linda instilled in a belief in thousands of women to fight for their vanity,esteem and rights.

BEHNAZ SHAFIEI

it is hard to imagine a female road racer/motocross rider and being a Muslim woman makes it a rare case, but Behnaz is exactly that. Born in Iran- a country where women are not allowed for exercising such liberties and are often ridiculed for their driving skills, Behnaz enjoys the fact that many men cannot do the stunts she performs with ease and confidence on her motorbike. She is the only Iranian female to be involved in road racing professionally challenging the preconceived notions of the society in regard to women.

RUMA

Known for her fashion blogs, Ruma recently got mentioned on the Twitter page of H&M where she was applauded for her distinctive panache that voice traditional modesty. According to her the haute hijab empowers feminine sensibility.Being a dreamer as well as achiever, she looks forward to inspire her followers with stories and lessons learned from her life by using social media to promote the art of fashion.

HALIMA ADEN

Halima is a model known for being the first Somali-American Muslim woman to take part in a beauty pageant donning a hijab.With all grace and modesty she hit news by reaching the semifinals of Minnesota USA pageant. She even graced the fashion runway for Kanye West at his show Yeezy season 5. Keeping at bay all Muslim stereotypes, this flamboyant model appeared on the front cover of Allure, wearing a Nike hijab with a caption saying, “This is American Beauty.” 

SHAHD BATAL

As a YouTuber and blogger, Shahd’s focus is mainly on providing viewers with her own original tips on how to attain healthy skin or apply makeup. Sudanese by birth but now living in Minneapolis, her tutorial videos are popularly hitting the internet since 2014. They were recently rehashed and showcased via her new sleek channel. From wearing a classic head-wrap and making pen perfect eyebrows, to her very personal stories with regard to the Hijab, she has been earnestly devoting herself to portray Hijab as a motif of modern age accessory.

 

SHARMEEN OBAID-CHINOY     

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 Sharmeen has been mentioned by esteemed Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. A Muslim woman filmmaker, journalist and activist born in Pakistan, most of her films highlight the inequalities that women face. She has received two Academy awards, six Emmy and Lux Style award for her bold vision. Even the Pakistani government has honored her with the second highest civilian honor of the country, the Hilal-i-Imtiaz for her dauntless contribution to films.

These handful examples of empowering, influential and compelling Muslim women express a great deal- to come out of the shackles of a society that restricts you and your creative energies.Not just to the Muslim women of today, they are inspirational for all women who seek for self – actualization.

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Unknown Facts About the Status of Women in the Upanishads

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The Status of Women in the Upanishads was not disgraced. Wikimedia.

The Vedas and Hindu manuscripts have predominantly stated stories of powerful men and their victories. The women in the Upanishads never seemed to be in the limelight. The society embraced only male characters in every field of life be it the Gods, teachers, students, or even authors.

  • In this highly male influenced world, the status of women in the Upanishads was discussed only in the form of a scholarly woman, a dutiful wife or a responsible mother.
  • The verses regard that women in the Upanishads were worshipped in matters which dealt with procreation, sexual intercourse, planning of male childbirth, black magic to attain or destroy the peace of life.

However, the status of women in the Upanishads has not been disgraced and demeaned. It has been found in the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad where the fifty male teachers bear the names of their mother as their last name. This describes that though men ruled the society they held the women in the Upanishads era with high respect. The Upanishads saw the references to the wives of spiritual teachers who participated in debates and discussions.

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Various Hindu Scriptures describe Women in the Upanishads being dominated by Male. Wikimedia.

There is also mention of few women in the Upanishads such as Gargi, Maitreyi, Jabali, Usati Chakrayana’s wife, Uma Haimavati, Janasruti’s daughter, Satyakama Jabala’s wife who made an extraordinary and inspiring life, though being subdued under the male dominance in the ancient era. Below are some identified roles of the women in the Upanishads who made a remarkable history in the ancient world. 

Role of Women in the Sufferings of the Men: 

The Chandogya Upanishad mentions how women in the Upanishads were represented in the form of a respectful story of understanding, sacrifice and caring relationship between an erudite husband and an ordinary housewife going through a difficult stage in their lives. Usita Chakrayana had brought some leftover beans for his virgin wife who probably did not eat anything on that day, yet she kept them for her husband for the next day. This depicts a strong lovable bond of affinity which helped them go through the hardships together. The women in this story played a significant role in supporting the man of her life while the men cared her feelings as well.

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Women in the Upanishads era were considered for Procreation only. Wikimedia.

Role of Women in Sharing Knowledge with Men:

Men like Yajnavalkya engaged their wives to share wisdom and discuss philosophical issues. This represents that though the status of women in the Upanishads has been structured as slaves or servants in the house, men did not restrain women from entering into debates and discussions. Of course, there was no coercion in doing such activities. Maitreyi, Yajnavalkya’s wife was interested in the deeper wisdom of Self and Yajnavalkya spoke to her only about it whom he considered not only as a wife or a woman but the immortal Self and loved her for that.

Role of Women in the Upanishads as a ‘Dowry’:

Women in the Upanishads of the ancient era were not only subservient to their husbands but also to their fathers’ before being married. This tradition had been continuing in India until the last century. The dowry system in Hindu society is an evil in the modern day and is considered against the law in legal terms. The Upanishads had enough stories to prove this fact where the father’s decision over his daughter’s marriage was binding on her. The consent of the women was never considered for marriage. She was used as a mere barter against deal or trade purposes.

In Chandogya Upanishad, there is an interesting story about a rich man named Janasruti who desired to acquire knowledge from a greater man than him known as Raikva. After denial of various expensive gifts, Janashruti gave his beautiful daughter as a gift to Raikva in exchange of knowledge.  In today’s generation, people would neither hold Raikva nor Janasruti, in great esteem, but ancient tradition considers them as impeccable men.

Role of Women in the Upanishads as a Dutiful Wife: 

The status of women in the Upanishads has been symbolized in the Mahabharata as a responsible, caring and dutiful wife of a man. Not only this, women also gave counsel to their husbands and took interest in their professional duties and activities. The Chandogya Upanishad has an engaging story of Upakosala, a student of the famous Vedic sage, Satyakama Jabala. Upakosala had worked hard for 12 years to please his master and learn from him the secrets of fire sacrifice with determination. But Satyakam was not satisfied and he remained harsh to him and went away. Fortunately, the domestic fires took pity and taught him the knowledge before Satyakama returned. Satyakama’s wife had helped the student go through his hard life. The incident proves that the wife of a teacher did not share any teaching responsibility with her husband but had an important role in the welfare of the student as a guardian mother and did not hesitate to interfere.

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The women in the Upanishads were meant as a Dutiful Wife. Wikimedia.

Role of Women as an Independent and Free Spirited soul:

Not all women in the Upanishads were enforced to perform household duties to their husbands. It was the women’s choice to live freely or within the boundaries. History is proof of Satyakama Jabala’s mother who was a free-spirited and independent woman. She used to work as a maid and had various relationships in her younger days. After the birth of Satyakama, she lived as a single woman without the bondings of a traditional family. Thereby, the concept of illegal marriage and sex, single parenting and unwed mothers have known in ancient era also.

-Prepared by Bhavana Rathi of NewsGram. Twitter @tweet_bhavana

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Checkout Ten Must-Read Books For Women

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Nothing in this world can give you the feeling which books do. Some stories, some word just touch your heart and end up giving you the greatest lessons of life. Books can be inspiring at times, and help you make the toughest decisions of life. Below are ten must-read books for women:

  1. A Thousand Splendid Suns

The book, “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini, who has also authored ‘Kite Runner’ revolves around the lives of two women, Mariam and Laila. The beautiful friendship of these two and the things they go through is mesmerizing. The book’s subtlety puts it under the category of must-read books for women.

2. Millennium Series by Stieg Larsson

The Millennium series has three books- “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, “The Girl who kicked the Hornet’s Nest” and “The Girl who Played with Fire”. The lead character of the series, Lisabeth Salander, is a confident and bold woman who never follows the old norms of the society and leads her life differently. Her rebellious nature can inspire the girls out there to stand for themselves.

3.  Pride And Prejudice

Must-Reads for women
Pride and Prejudice. Wikimedia.

The classic by Jane Austen teaches you to distinguish between the essential and the superficial. It makes you come across a way of looking at women, which is not judgmental. It teaches you to stand up for righteousness. It is definitely ones of the must-read books for women.

4. The Book Thief

Th novel, “The Book Thief” by the Australian author Markus Zusak gives out the inspiring message that no matter what the situation is, women can come out of it strongly on their own.

5. How To Be A Bawse

The Book, “How to be a Bawse”, by the Canadian YouTuber Lily Singh is a beautiful guide on tackling tough situations in life, supported by the examples of real-life situations. Lily’s classy and sassy video style has already been loved by a lot of women out there.

6. The Hunger Games Trilogy

Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games Trilogy is one of the must-read books for women out there as the book’s lead character Katniss, makes you feel proud of being a girl. Her character motivates you to be your own hero.

7. Daughter By Court Order

“Daughter By Court Order”, by Ratna revolves around the story of a woman who has been disowned by her own family. The woman is fighting against money, power, deceit, and for her right to be recognized as a daughter. She has to handle everything on her own.

8. To Kill A Mocking Bird

The book is written by Harper Lee and is an all-time classic. The book revolves around a six-year-old protagonist who is a feminist and refuses to accept the societal norms and always challenges them.

9. The Diary Of A Young Girl

Must-Read Books For Women
The Diary Of A Young Girl. Wikimedia.

The novel by Anne Frank is set during the time of Nazi invading Netherlands. Anne Frank shares her feelings with her diary while she was in hiding for two years. The emotions and struggles make it one of the must-read books for women.

10. The Palace of Illusions

The book Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni shows the epic Mahabharata, through Draupadi’s eyes. Her problems and shortcomings are shown, along with the fact that how ego can lead to a battle.

by Megha Acharya of NewsGram. She can be reached at @ImMeghaacharya