Talk About Untalked

Shameela Yoosuf Ali
Posted April 1, 2020 from United Kingdom

 

As a woman growing in Sri Lanka, I was not happy with the way the women were treated within the social institutions in the community starting from the institution of the family. I realised that there is a significant gap in the availability of platforms to raise our real voice. Gender bias is deeply embedded in many cultures. Women are alienated from many political, social and religious institutions across the world. Women have to face unacceptable levels of discrimination and abuse, and they are deprived of the power to make decisions on behalf of them and society.

As a writer, I continue to write about the importance of empowering women. 

I worked as the in charge of women's' page in a magazine for a decade back in my home country Sri Lanka. But I could not put my authentic thoughts into writing.

After moving to the UK, I worked in an online magazine for 2 years. The Neo-Liberal world seals women’s body with an expiry date. It tells you what to wear and what not to wear. It decides and influences your freedom if there is any at all. It has succeeded in creating an illusion of success, beauty and freedom. I strongly felt that an Alternative Voice should emerge with a special focus on Asian Women. And after considerable research, the idea of FemAsia was conceived and founded in  2018 January- FemAsia Magazine (www.femasiamagazine.com)-. It is a quarterly online magazine with a special focus on Asian women.

Our editors live in different parts of the world as well as our writers.

We collaborate, engage, edit and deliver quality content using online resources and collaborative tools. The magazine is free and can be accessed through any device such as smartphone, laptop or tab.

Many women, who previously had little or no access to publishing are allowed to express themselves.

We have more than a hundred writers by the start of 2020 many of them being women. And our articles, poems and opinion pieces are widely read across the globe. Our presence and reach in social media are increasing.

At this moment, we do not pay our writers. Our editors including myself as the Editor-In-Chief, are working voluntarily. In future, I am looking forward to being able to pay our editors and writers. We do not accept adverts which discriminate women or abuse.

We need to develop a sustainable system to keep the magazine running.

FemAsia attracts increasing unique viewers across the globe. We are pledged to allow Independent thought to flow freely within the Magazine.

FemAsia talk about Untalked through many channels, such as Culture, Politics, Beauty, Health, Spirituality, Poetry, Films, Art, Food, Travel etc

FemAsia is not for Women alone. I personally believe that any issue affecting the women will affect the entire society. Likewise, an issue affecting the society will affect women too. FemAsia is open to male readers and contributors.

 

This story was submitted in response to Become a Featured Changemaker.

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Sampada Sapkota
Apr 01
Apr 01

Hi Shameela,
That's such a great initiation. Thanks a lot for working upon Asian women. The condition of many Asian women is really miserable and your work certainly counts for them. Keep it up, dear!
Hope you and your family are all staying safe and well!
With love from Nepal,
Sampada

Shameela Yoosuf Ali
Apr 03
Apr 03

Thank you very much Sampada,
Your words mean a lot.
Love and regards.

Leah Wangui Njuguna
Apr 01
Apr 01

Hello Shameela,
Keep up the good work that you are doing. I am specifically inspired by your quote in the interview above. Keep soldiering on

Shameela Yoosuf Ali
Apr 02
Apr 02

Leah Wangui Njuguna,
Thank you very much. Stay connected.

Beth Lacey
Apr 02
Apr 02

This is great to read

Shameela Yoosuf Ali
Apr 02
Apr 02

Beth Lacey, Thanks a lot.

Paulina Nayra
Apr 02
Apr 02

Oh, I love the magazine Shameela. It's like there's something for everyone. I'm going back for the chutney recipes and the Shhhhh topics :-)
Keep up the inspiring work. I'll share FemAsia to my friends.
Huggs.

Shameela Yoosuf Ali
Apr 02
Apr 02

Thanks a lot, Paulina.
I am happy you loved the magazine. Keep spreading love.
love

Wow, what a great idea! Congratulations on starting FemAsia, dear Shameela. Thank you for building a platform for female Asian voices to be heard.

I’m glad you applied as a Featured Changemaker. Hoping for the best!

Shameela Yoosuf Ali
Apr 03
Apr 03

Thank you very much Karen for the love and support.