On a bright summer day of April 1984 I was born to my parents in Ludhiana. Our lives went on and my parents did not have another child; the pressures of society to have another child, preferably a boy, mounted. While I might not have been able to... Read More | Share it now!
Driving down the dusty and pot-holed streets of Gurgaon isn’t much fun at the best of times and not something one does for enjoyment. And yet my face broke into a wide grin as I listened to the radio. 98.3 FM. The RJ was asking Delhi to vote, not for... Read More | Share it now!
The Protsahan Foundation is a social enterprise that uses creative education and art innovation to empower street children & young adolescent girls.
The DBCO Forum for Women has an ongoing assistance programme with Protsahan where girls from the... Read More | Share it now!
A teen-age girl in South East Asia spoke to the DBCO Forum for Women. She was forced to marry her cousin but broke off the engagement because of domestic violence even before the wedding. However, the entire episode left her depresses. Reading about... Read More | Share it now!
A Gurgaon based housewife expressed her sadness that she was her father’s darling until it came to property. “You are married well,” was his terse comment when she asked why she was not treated even remotely fairly in the matter of... Read More | Share it now!
A mother fighting a fierce custody battle for her daughter from her first marriage shared her trauma with the DBCO Forum for Women. Her husband has the child with him in USA. Despite a huge struggle and many setbacks, the mother is not willing to give... Read More | Share it now!
A daughter-in-law who was troubled and traumatised by her in-laws finally mustered the courage to fight back for a better life for her only child and herself. She talked through the pros and cons with the DBCO Forum for Women. Sometimes just having... Read More | Share it now!
A professionally successful woman shared her anguish with the DBCO Forum for Women at the rejection by her family because she married out of her caste and religion. She was completely abandoned and all ties with her were cut off because she brought... Read More | Share it now!
A Western-educated professional woman in a metro city is fighting for divorce. She is looking at inheritance rights for her minor child under HUF laws. The DBCO Forum for Women has assisted her in thinking through her motives and objectives and has... Read More | Share it now!
Ratna has reached out to students at schools and colleges across India and elsewhere in the world, to raise their sensitivity to issues relating to women.
Some examples are:
12-week programme for college students at St. Stephen’s College,... Read More | Share it now!