Women Wednesday #22

Posted on 29 March 2017

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INDIA
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(Satyaki Ghosh / BBC)

Every afternoon, the grandmothers of Phangane village wrap pink saris around themselves and slip abacuses and chalkboard into their backpacks and head to school. They live in Maharashtra state in India, a country where women are nearly a third less likely than men to be able to read and write. Some of them have trouble with seeing the letters, and others feel chest pain when they talk. But every day except Thursday, these women gather to learn from a teacher less than half their age. Ramabhai Ganpat's grandchildren take her hands in theirs and walk her to school."Feels good," she says. "We love going to school. We take our bags and all of us grandmothers go together. We feel proud that we are able to learn so well." What wonderful women, finally able to have the education they deserve and enjoying it all the time despite everything in their way. To be happy and to improve yourself has no age limit, just as these women demonstrate. We’re proud of them!

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USA
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(Tony Luong / NY Times)

Law is a notoriously conservative subject. It’s still very much an old white man’s club. The first black man to be elected president of the Harvard Law Review was Barak Obama but now ImeIme Umana is making history as the first black woman in the 130-year-old journal to become president. Being president of the Harvard Law Review isn’t like being in any other club, it’s considered the highest-ranking position at the competitive law school and is a virtual ticket to anywhere else in the legal world. Once you make it there, you can make it anywhere. It’s incredible to us that it’s taken 27 years since Obama to get a black woman in the role but we’re no less proud. ImeIme is breaking glass ceilings left, right and centre, taking no prisoners. We look forward to seeing all the amazing work she’s sure to achieve in the future.

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UK
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 (Third Force News)

When Roza Salih first arrived in Glasgow as a 12-year-old girl, she and her family were housed on the 22nd floor of a tower block in Knightswood in the north-west of the city. It was 2001, and her family were seeking asylum in the UK after her grandfather and two uncles were executed for opposing Saddam Hussein. In May this year, the 27-year-old from Kurdistan is hoping to become the first asylum seeker ever elected to public office in Scotland. As a girl, Salih attended Drumchapel High School where she was thrust into the public eye at the age of 15 as one of the “Glasgow Girls”. The seven pupils set up a campaign group highlighting the poor treatment of asylum seekers after one of their friends, Agnesa Murselaj, was detained in a dawn raid. Salih says she started cutting classes to dedicate more time to the campaign. “I didn’t have status [to remain] at the time, so I was worried it could be me next,” she says. Roza has such an incredible story but it’s by no means unique to her own family, many asylum seekers have faced a myriad of problems here in the UK. What is unique is how she’s used it to run for election. Her passion for helping others is clear to anyone, even those who haven’t had the pleasure of knowing her personally. Such an amazing woman is going to make big changes in Scotland and beyond. Everyone at Neon Moon wishes her the best of luck! 

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