Swagata Sen

A clinical researcher by profession, I am an advocate of gender equality and women’s empowerment. I have created this platform to dismantle institutionalized gender discrimination and harmful social practices through systemic changes. Over the last few years, our contributors from diverse socio-cultural backgrounds were able to voice their concerns about a range of issues that are oppressive to women across the world. We are hopeful that our effort will help promote awareness and contribute to changing people mindset about gender roles and norms.


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    Wow! Wow! Wow! As a male blogger focusing on women empowerment, i am shocked at these practices. It is against basic human rights.

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    Scott J DeNicola

    It baffles me how poorly women are treated in other countries outside the US. What you are doing is so important to bring light to these issues. I’m happy that so many countries are condemning Saudi Arabia’s human rights record

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    When I come across such societies which are male dominated to this extent, I wonder when things are going to change. The world is progressing but women in these countries are being not given the opportunity to move ahead.

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    Despite Pain

    I started reading this and immediately thought how awful it is that this happens. The I read the part about the father who married off his eight-year-old daughter to a 47-year-old man to have his debts forgiven. That is just shocking. The whole world should know about things like this happening. Thank you for giving a voice to those people and make people like me aware. So sad.

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    Rachael Marini

    Very difficult to read all of the injustices that happen to women. Very well research and compiled post. The stories of the women taking a stand are inspiring

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    Ashley | One Journey Away

    I’ve read a lot of news articles lately about young Saudi women fleeing their countries because of these issues. I certainly hope that the laws change in Saudi Arabia so that women can be provided with equality.

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    Jennifer McCormick

    Thank you for bringing to light the male guardianship rule in Saudi Arabia. Here in the US, we often take our rights for granted. This is a reminder of how fortunate US citizens are and our obligation to help others throughout the world gain equal footing. I would be interested in direct suggestions for how we can help this cause.

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    Lyosha Varezhkina

    Thank you for detailed and not subjective inside for guardianship in Saudi Arabia. I was always interested in the subject but there is hardly any onfo

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    We so often hear nothing about the consequences of these laws and customs, or maybe just snippets. This was such a comprehensive summary that no one can ignore. Thanks for speaking up.

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    This article is such an eye opener. Thank you for this. It is really sad because all these is not communicated through the media.

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    Kippi O'Hern

    Awful state of affairs for females in Saudi Arabia. What is their justification for treating any human worst than an animal? I feel so bad for those who are born into that abusive culture.
    Kippi #kippiathome

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    It still amazes me that we live in the world where everything is so modern but some women in other countries are still treated in primitive way. I usually keep my opinions to myself but no one has the right to dictate a person.

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    I could not live in a society like this. It makes the equality issues in the US seem so minor. Thank you for spreading awareness that women do not have equal rights around the globe.

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