Equality: Time to put it on the plate of Indian woman

Stella Paul
Posted April 11, 2012 from India

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Stella Paul
Apr 11, 2012
Apr 11, 2012

The theme for my Module 5 assignment was decided the very day I submitted my module 3 assignment (oped): malnutrition in Indian women due to gender inequality. Accordingly, I have created a photo-series on the same issue. Shaken and angered by the UNDP human development report 2011 which stated that over 50% of Indian women were malnourished, I had earlier decided to speak against the issue wherever, whenever and whichever way possible. The VoF module 5 assignment is a result of that.

Nusrat Ara
Apr 11, 2012
Apr 11, 2012

Good :)

Love

Stella Paul
Apr 11, 2012
Apr 11, 2012

Thank you Nusrat, a lot!

noreens
Apr 12, 2012
Apr 12, 2012

Really good photos, and as the saying goes, a picture says 1000 words!

Love, Noreen

Stella Paul
Apr 12, 2012
Apr 12, 2012

Thank you Noreens. I am a trained video journalist. So, I deliberately avoided making a video and instead do something which is rather new to me - telling a story through photography. I will be happy enough if the series conveys the core message. Thanks again dear and I am waiting for everyone's submission. Best!

Usha K.C.
Apr 12, 2012
Apr 12, 2012

Stella,

I love all the pics and it's explaination.

congrats dear . great!

Stella Paul
Apr 12, 2012
Apr 12, 2012

A big hug for taking time to see the pictures and commenting dear Usha. You are such an encouraging sister! Love

Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo-Wondieh
Apr 12, 2012
Apr 12, 2012

I have just viewed the pic show on my google page but will do watch it tomorrow as i will have to surf from a computer that can play it.

Stella Paul
Apr 13, 2012
Apr 13, 2012

Dear Zioh

Take your time dear. Internet speed is a huge issue and I am suffering from the lack of these days. Bulk of work is pending or postponed because of that. So, you have all my understanding! Love

Duda
Apr 13, 2012
Apr 13, 2012

very nice pictures with good explanations . Duda

Stella Paul
Apr 13, 2012
Apr 13, 2012

Dear Duda

Thank you so much for this comment. You are very encouraging! Love

Rachael Maddock-Hughes
Apr 13, 2012
Apr 13, 2012

Truly amazing and very high impact. Wonderful job Stella! Did you take all the photos??

Kind regards,

Rachael

Stella Paul
Apr 13, 2012
Apr 13, 2012

Thank you Rachael for such a generous comment. Yes, the photos are all by me. The joy of photography is something I recently discovered and module 5 just happened to be the perfect opportunity to use it!

mrbeckbeck
Apr 13, 2012
Apr 13, 2012

Beautiful photos, and a very well told story. Well done Stella! So impressive! -Scott

Stella Paul
Apr 13, 2012
Apr 13, 2012

Thank you dear Scott, for such encouragement, yet again! All these pics were taken by a simple Nikon 8 mega pixel digi cam and I wasn't very sure of the quality. Thankfully, I seem to have conveyed the core message. But I did enjoy doing this assignment and thanks to the program again for that.

Pushpa Achanta
Apr 20, 2012
Apr 20, 2012

...of a never ending but rarely remembered issue.

Keep the spirit!

Best, Pushpa

Stella Paul
Apr 22, 2012
Apr 22, 2012

I am grateful to you for being the lovely editor and a friend that you are, Pushpa. God bless you!

alicegray
Apr 22, 2012
Apr 22, 2012

I love this, Stella. Really paints quite a picture of this important subject. Makes me want to go to India.

Stella Paul
Apr 22, 2012
Apr 22, 2012

I am glad you liked it Alice. And you are always welcome to India, especially Hyderabad, where I am living now and be my guest! Hopefully by then the number of malnourished women will also decrease. Thanks for your comment!

alicegray
Apr 23, 2012
Apr 23, 2012

Thank you, Stella. I would love that. I also love your vision of the future on your profile and the power of women to make this happen.

ikirimat
May 02, 2012
May 02, 2012

Great work Stella. The pix depict a clear situation, women are indeed critical for survival of society. Keep up.

Corine Milano
May 03, 2012
May 03, 2012

Wow, Stella! You did a fabulous job on this assignment. Your photos are gorgeous and your captions are informative. You've provided an amazing snapshot into the lives of Indian women in rural communities, and your recommendation for increased action to support women and their nutritional needs is powerful. Well done. You should be very proud!

Stella Paul
May 03, 2012
May 03, 2012

Dear Corine

Thank you so much! It is so thoughtful of you to not just view the album, but return to World Pulse and write this beautiful comment. I indeed am proud, not only of what work I did, but of having known women like you who are so encouraging! God bless!

Liz4peace
May 09, 2012
May 09, 2012

Thank you, Stella for an important piece of journalism. I had no idea that food scarcity was such a gender issue in India. I loved the photos you used - the colors, the beautiful faces, the variety of food - the contrast between all that abundance and the statistics you cite made the piece very powerful. It sounds like there is awareness about the issue and even potential solutions, but perhaps not the political will to implement some fairly straightforward programs. The women of India who are in a position to shed light on this issue - women like you! - must keep up the drumbeat for gender equality and food security for women! Shanti Liz

Stella Paul
May 09, 2012
May 09, 2012

Dear Liz

That is a comment so full of encouragement and understanding! Anyone will be motivated to go on by such support and thank you very much for giving me that! On the issue, the malnutrition and giving women lesser share of food starts right in the childhood in most middle class and lower income families. You can often see mothers saving the bigger piece of fish/chicken for the male child. Also, mothers give the glass of milk to her boy everyday, but not to the daughter, although its the daughter who will need extra shot of calcium when she approaches puberty. Women will almost never sit on the same table with their men, but wait till men have eaten. Men never bother to go and see if there is enough food left in the kitchen.

A lot of this goes in the name of 'tradition'. This is why its important to keep raising the issue because we are opposing a cultural trend, not an isolated law and order issue that can be solved by the police.

Thanks again!

Liz4peace
May 12, 2012
May 12, 2012

Hi Stella,

You are so right when you talk about this being a cultural issue. Much harder to change. Never give up! We're all with you. This is exactly why World Pulse exists! Shanti! Liz

Olanike
May 28, 2012
May 28, 2012

Dear Stella,

Thank you for speaking up. The message in the pictures is clear and speaks volumes. It always beats my imagination how women are still able to give their best even in the face of so much deprivation. It would be a big relief to eventually learn that all the hard work the indigenous Indian woman (and many others like her) put into food production turns out for her good.

Hugs to you Sister,

Olanike.