Editorial (March 2020)

Dear Readers,

I was planning to start this March editorial with ‘Hope you are all well and happy this Women’s Day (read: Month)’. But due to recent events, let me change that to ‘Hope you are all safe and following protocol this lockdown’.

The foremost gift from God is our health. And it is not only our right, but our duty, to take care of it in the best possible way. Corona Virus has shaken the earth. Scientists and Medical experts say that the only way to curb it is through social distancing, through minimising physical contact with each other.

Remember, it is not only outsiders we need to distance ourselves from, but even at home. Don’t hug or show physical affection for some time. Especially to the elderly (well, I am in the habit of hugging my parents frequently even at 35!). Wash your hands frequently. Avoid touching your face.

Though the lockdown has made us busier than ever, I think we can take out more time for self reflection, now that the commute time is zero.

And this brings me to the other gift that we have as humans – human rights. Humans have some basic rights in society, which seems obvious right? But have you ever given a thought to how women have managed to get human rights? Do you know how some women have paved the way for the rest of us for doing things that we take for granted today?

The other day, I was drinking a cup of tea wearing my shorts and t-shirt, with my hair open, having an argument about the current scenario with my father. It struck me suddenly, I may not have been able to do this even 20 years back maybe!

All these things I take for granted.

That formed the theme for this issue – The First Movers Series. The first movers who had the vision, chose to articulate it, decided to take that initial step, and passionately worked towards making these rights a reality. Kudos to these women in India who gave us our basic rights today and who helped us achieve those.

We have handpicked five rights to focus on in this issue – right to vote, right to property, right to fight back, right to have and express desires, and last but not at all the least, right to wear what we want.

We bring you stories of the five different women who were instrumental in bringing about these five rights in our lives and all of which we do today without even thinking about it.

Also a special announcement this time. We have decided to make Young Voices a regular feature, giving it the status of the other regular categories every month! This is because we realise that youngsters these days have a lot of interesting ideologies which needs to be given a platform and we want to engage more and more with the millennial to remind them of gender equality and increase dialogue among them.

For this, we welcome Samarth Narayanan on board with us to help us write and curate articles of interest in this section. Samarth is a law student and my dear nephew who has been instrumental behind the scenes since the conception of Eyra.

Hope you enjoy this issue. We will also be providing PDF versions of the entire issue from this month onwards!

As always, we look forward to improving ourselves and engaging with you. Let us bring a substantial change together…

Regards,

Jyoti Shekar

Founder Editor, Eyra

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