Kavita Ramdas

Kavita
Ramdas

Indian Educator, Executive Director of the Program on Social Entrepreneurship at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women

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At a young age, girls are taught about the importance of being a virgin when they marry, creating an atmosphere of anxiety around sex.

As women in the United States celebrate the 30th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, (a landmark case that gave women in the U.S. the right to decide when and if to bear children), we are proud to bring you this issue of Raising Our Voices, highlighting ongoing efforts to protect women’s reproductive health and rights. The Roe v.Wade decision culminated many years of struggle by the North American women’s movement and helped establish a policy environment within the U.S. that supported women’s reproductive rights around the world. Subsequently, the U.S. strongly endorsed women’s rights at both the Cairo and Beijing U.N. conferences by supporting a woman’s right to information about and access to contraception, and safe, legal abortions. Today, however, these achievements are being undermined by a U.S. administration which is hostile to women’s rights, having re-instated the Global Gag.

Feminism, unlike almost every other social movement, is not a struggle against a distinct oppressor — it’s not the ruling class or the occupiers or the colonizers — it’s against a deeply held set of beliefs and assumptions that we women, far too often, hold ourselves.

We can use our tradition to navigate change.

It's impossible to work at the Global Fund and not feel a sense of incredible hope.

This LGBT singing choir has demonstrated how women are investing in tradition to create change, like alchemists turning discord into harmony.

Perhaps this is the ultimate gift of feminism, that the personal is in fact the political.

Feminism, unlike almost every other social movement, is not a struggle against a distinct oppressor — it’s not the ruling class or the occupiers or the colonizers — it’s against a deeply held set of beliefs and assumptions that we women, far too often, hold ourselves.

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Kavita
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Indian Educator, Executive Director of the Program on Social Entrepreneurship at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women