If you are an active user on Instagram, you might remember hashtags such as #loveManchester, #prayforManchester, #roomformanchester. In 2017, there was a terrorist attack in Manchester during a concert by a famous celebrity, Ariana Grande. The blast left 19 people dead and 59 injured. After the horrific event, accompanied by mass attention in the media, … Continue reading Charities and Celebrities – Who benefits?
It is not new information that burning fossil fuels is causing climate change. Since the mid-1900s, scientists have warned of the dangers of burning coal, oil and gas which emit greenhouse gases, trapping heat in the earth’s atmosphere. The effects of climate change are already impacting people’s lives with an estimated 23 million people being … Continue reading Keep Fossils buried! A Nuclear or Renewable Energy future?
In India, children constitute 40% of the population. That is nearly 472 million children! They are the future of the nation. Therefore, it is essential to ensure that these children receive a proper education. It must be noted that India has one of the largest education systems in the world, with more than 1.5 million … Continue reading The Sinking Standards of Education in India
It’s easy to be overwhelmed when faced with the issue of climate change and to assume that our individual efforts are nothing but a drop in the ocean, especially when many governments and big businesses continue as though the developing climate crisis doesn’t threaten all life on earth. But is it right that change can … Continue reading Individuals vs Climate Change: Can we make a difference?
India has been battling hard with the COVID19 pandemic, particularly during the second wave. Critics of the current government have described it as inept, citing its decisions and actions. Subsequently, efforts have been made to help it do as much as possible now the wave has already hit. The former PM, Dr. Manmohan Singh, issued … Continue reading How to cure COVID-19?
The connotations of the term ‘Social Justice Warrior’ (SJW) have changed dramatically over the last couple of decades. What was once merely a description or even a compliment is now mainly used as a disparaging label for people being vocal about a cause – predominantly online. As the expression has become more mainstream it has … Continue reading Are SJWs affecting meaningful efforts?
The notion of women empowerment began around the 1960s and 1970s. While the idea had previously been in existence in India, it was only then that the term was assigned sound meaning. India has come a long way in empowering its women. As we discuss empowerment, we must delve deep into their economic empowerment and … Continue reading Women empowerment and SHAPE
In India, the widely deprecated topic of sex is ironically an essential piece of knowledge one must carry with while entering adulthood. While we often complain about the repercussions of inadequate education about sex provided to our youth, the social taboos surrounding it withhold education systems in India from discussing it openly. Even parents are … Continue reading Kamasutra in the 2021 India
Chinese women have had greater opportunity to break free from traditional patriarchal oppression thanks to urbanisation and job opportunities. Indian women have been held back by a combination of fewer job opportunities and the far-reaching influences of the caste system.
When flipping through the pages of Indian history, it is evident that the country was robbed of its wealth. From the Mughal Empire to the British Raj, every conqueror plundered the country ruthlessly. Consequently, the post- British government arrested international trade and various other economic activities extensively. This move protected domestic infant industries, boosted production … Continue reading The impact of economic liberalization on the financial freedom of Indian women
Despite the extraordinary industrial developments and lifestyle changes, society still faces inequality, hate, and discrimination. Children are starving, people are homeless with no governmental support, and human rights get neglected in some countries. The environment needs help too. Thankfully, as a response to the urgent matters in our society, we have volunteers. Volunteers give their … Continue reading Why volunteering matters?
International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims
Human rights guarantee people the means necessary to satisfy their basic needs, including the right to liberty, equality, security, etc. Today, since we are so well aware of the importance of Human rights, there are so many NGOs and local communities that would help to solve the human rights violations immediately (at least on the … Continue reading International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims
Happiness is an indescribable feeling of pleasure, joy, and positive vibes and emotions shared by everyone. Newborns are born with an unlimited supply of this feeling. As we grow older, the life around us defines happiness for us – what is desirable, what is not, disturbing this energy of happiness inside us. With more and … Continue reading International day of happiness
Think back to moment in your life where you gave something to someone or for a certain cause (or both). Did it feel good to offer that homeless person a sandwich? Did that child at the signal smile when you bought a worthless item from him/her? Were those children in the orphanage so happy when you offered them your toys?
From Wuhan, China, to the man next door, the COVID-19 spread all over the world, causing a global frenzy triggering safety protocols. After months of rigorous lockdowns, we are yet to eliminate this threat. India began battling the virus in early 2020, rather successfully, given its massive population. Front-line workers worldwide receive vaccinations developed in India. This article discusses the niche aspects of the pandemic impact policymakers could tend to.
World Marriage Day is observed on February 14, 2021 – sponsored by the American Catholic organization Worldwide Marriage Encounter. It is celebrated on the second Sunday of February each year. According to Worldwide Marriage Encounter, “World Marriage Day honors husband and wife as the family foundation, the basic unit of society. It salutes the beauty … Continue reading Does India tolerate inter-caste marriages?
Resonating with the Evergreen quote “Scientia Potentia est” – meaning ‘knowledge is power’ by Sir Francis Bacon, International education day is a recent yet significant addition to the calendar of events. The goal is to promote inclusive education, providing equal opportunities for every individual by the year 2030. The international education day is distinctive due … Continue reading Everyday is Education Day
Achieving gender equality is about disrupting the status quo – not negotiating it. – Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka In 2008, the Ministry of Women and Child Development announced every January 24th as National Girl Child Day of India. The aim is to provide support to the girls of India, including health and educational support. Besides, the main objective … Continue reading Day of the girl child
Individuals between the ages of 18 and 25 wishing to compete in the National Youth Festival within the segments of Music, Dance, Regional Attire/Poshak Show, Theatre, Visual Arts, Expression Art, Knowledge Session, or Indigenous Games can register online
Interestingly, previous Human Rights Day themes covered specific issues such as standing up for equality, justice, or youth standing up for human rights. This year’s theme has the words “Recover Better” emphasized, and this shows how the focus on the elevation of human rights gets dramatized in 2020.
Credits – Soomin Yoo International Volunteer’s Day is celebrated on December 5th and gives a toast to volunteers’ efforts for sharing their labor, knowledge, and values. Mandated by the UN General Assembly since 1985, ever since the Day was an opportunity to promote their work around the world, including communities, non-governmental organizations, UN agencies, government … Continue reading COVID 19 and volunteerism
What is HIV/AIDS? Your immune system is like a shield. The main job of this shield is to fight against harmful substances and germs that enter the body. The immune system makes antibodies and uses them to specifically fight certain germs that the body has previously come into contact with and recognizes. All in all, … Continue reading HIV/AIDS – 101
Anu, a resident of Mumbai, has lived her whole life on the pavement. “We have been living here for so many years, our parents were here, we were born and raised here, we got married and had our kids here,” she says. Anu is one of the twenty million pavement dwellers that inhabit India. These are … Continue reading What is poverty cycle?
World Health Organization (WHO) has statistically found that 1 in 3 women worldwide has experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. Violence against women is any act of gender-based violence that has the consequences of physical, sexual, or mental harm or suffering to women. This act occurs both in public or private settings and … Continue reading Impact of COVID-19 on women
Established in 1954, the United Nations Universal Children’s Day is celebrated on November 20th each year to promote international togetherness and awareness among children worldwide. The day is significant because it marks the adoption of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. Adopted initially by the United Nations General Assembly in 1959, and the … Continue reading COVID-19 and children
– Vivian Chieh & Fahreen Naz International Day for Tolerance is a time for people to learn about respecting and recognizing the rights and beliefs of other people. It is also a time of reflection and debate on the adverse effects of intolerance. Live discussions and debates take place across the world on this day, … Continue reading Don’t accept them but at least respect them!
– Vivian Chieh Only after recently watching the film Water by Deepa Mehta  was I aware of India’s untouchables. It took me 19 years to get my first exposure to untouchables in India. From this experience, I assume that I am not the only one among the billions of people who just learned about the untouchables, … Continue reading How does the caste system affect children?
Credits – Vivian Chieh & Esma Adiguzel The Earth has a deadline. Manhattan’s Metronome digital clock was re-programmed to display the numbers representing the years, days, hours, minutes, and seconds until that deadline. It is now known as the Climate Clock, an effort to project the urgency of combating climate change. First of all, what is climate … Continue reading Manhattan and mother earth
– Vivian Chieh & Esma Adiguzel It is saddening to know that more than 29.8% of India’s population still lives below the poverty line, meaning more than 29.8% of 1.35 billion is still struggling between their haves and have-nots. The efforts made so far have been successful, but a need for more action to eradicate … Continue reading Why is India poor?
– Vivian Chieh Today we celebrate International Day of Rural Women with an emphasis on the theme: “Rural women and girls building resilience”. This theme reminds us that with a critical need to address climate change, we should not forget the invaluable impact that rural women and girls have on building resilience. The statistics say … Continue reading Women, nature, and poverty
On the 5th of October, we are celebrating World Teachers’ Day, which is an international event launched by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1994. Before we jump into what we do as an organization, to understand the significance of this holiday, here is some context into this highly relevant day: … Continue reading Teach our children!
Racism. A topic that has been a controversy for centuries. A topic that many privileged people claim “doesn’t exist anymore”. However, if you happen to be an ethnic minority, you know that this is definitely not the case. Racism has not disappeared as some may assume; it has merely taken on a new form. In … Continue reading Even children are racists…
As human beings, we tend to highly depend on our sense of sight. We are a visual species. This fundamentally leads to one of our most damaging yet extensive habits: judging a book by its cover. We unfortunately tend to form impressions of people merely based on their appearance. We scan an individual, examine their … Continue reading Are we lizards?
There have always been wars waged against people based on their religion, color, and beliefs. Beginning from the Crusades, numerous Jihads, Holocaust, and the South Asian religious animosities paved the way for the deaths of millions. When we narrow the geography and timeline of such injustices to our current position, the statistics still disappoint us. … Continue reading Education and religion
Adivasi are the natives of India since the beginning of documented history. They were here before the British, Mughals, and Aryans. There was a time when they had excelled in Math, Administration, Trade, Culture, and Arts, but after the intrusion of Aryans, they were fed with mythical stories and folklore of great Gods and Kings. … Continue reading Adivasi 2020 – the indigenous people of India
In any country, the micro-, small, and medium enterprises (MSME) provide multi-faceted support to the economy. India comprehended the rewards of the MSME game and started a dedicated Ministry of MSME back in 2007. MSME is an economic boon for the following reasons: The MSME sector employs over 50 million people in India which is … Continue reading SHAPE, women & Indian Economy
The story of Vasu – a child victim of drug abuse Vasu is a 10-year-old semi-orphan who lost his father, Gangadharan, to illicit drug abuse. In 2017, Gangadharan was a taxi driver who dealt Cannabis on the side. Like most drug addicts, he always argued that his addiction to these drugs was nothing but good … Continue reading Ganja killed a family
Environmental justice is realizing that everything and everyone will be screwed if we do not get our act together on how we treat mother earth as soon as possible. All of us are in this together regardless of our job, societal status, caste, the car we drive or the house we live in. A little … Continue reading Why suing might be the answer to saving the planet
Early childhood education is what a child learns in school or any educational establishment before turning eight. This is considered to be a crucial stage for human development since it shapes our entire life. Denial of education at this stage can lead to impaired physical, emotional, and mental growth. SHAPE provides care and support for … Continue reading Early childhood education
This article describes the current state of child laborers in the district of Tiruvannamalai. Anyone who is under the age of 18, engaged in economic activity, part-time or full-time, is known as a child laborer. Here the words child & children denote youngsters under the age of 18. When local governments prohibit local child laborers, … Continue reading Indian Child Laborers – 2020
Global citizenship – considering oneself as a part of the global village all the while maintaining allegiance and respecting cultural values. With the technologically advanced networking, faster travel options, and globalized economy, the world has now become a village. Just like a geographically small neighborhood, in the global village, everything we do has rippling consequences. … Continue reading The role of racism in global citizenship
Tiruvannamalai is a district in South-India, popular for Hindu temples and religious appeal. It has a population of over 2.5 million people covering 6200 sq. km. A little caution before the good stuff: Like any other poor district in the country, Tiruvannamalai is prone to frauds, cons, and money-grubbing. Due to failing monsoons and low … Continue reading Things to do in Tiruvannamalai
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