New Delhi: Women are safer in rural areas of India compared to those in metros, said Alice Miller, who paved the way for women to become fighter pilots in Israel's defense forces.
The former Israeli aeronautical engineer was speaking at the Israeli embassy here to mark International Women's Day. Miller said that Israel needs "more Gandhis" in its polity as it would help in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "The problem is there aren't many Gandhis in Israel. I want to take Gandhi to Israel," she said.
Speaking on violence against women in India, particularly the incidents of rape and sexual assault, Miller said: "The problem is not in traditional India but in urbanised society of the country." Her view echoed that of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, who sparked a controversy recently by saying that rapes mainly occur in urban India due to western influence and not in rural India.
Miller, who is currently living in a village in Uttarakhand, said she was astonished by the strong community feeling among women in rural India.
'When I see women in my village, I see a stronger community feeling and connection among them. They share a very intimate relation. They celebrate womanhood together. Women in India are women of fortune,' she asserted.
Miller, who is married to a kayaking trainer from India, added: 'Indian women don't have proper healthcare facilities. Children still die of diarrhoea. There are not many school in rural areas. Female foeticide remains rampant in the country.'
'My dharma is to become a politician and I intend to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict,' she said.
Lori Senecal, chairman and CEO of New York-based ad agency Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal + Partners (kbs), has learned a thing or two about climbing to the top. She worked her way up to president of the flagship New York office of storied ad agency McCann Erickson before joining kbs in 2009 and taking the helm last year. While there, she’s overseen cutting edge campaigns for BMW and Puma, and helped launch an industry mentoring initiative called Straight Up to encourage more women to advance into leadership.
I sat down with Senecal to learn more about her career trajectory and to get her best advice for future female leaders. Here’s what she said.
Go Toward Your Fear
“You have to get comfortable with the fear,” says Senecal. Leaping into the unknown or taking on a big challenge may be scary, but they also represent the best opportunities for growth. Senecal grew up in Montreal, Canada, and worked in Toronto for many years before she decided to take a chance and move to New York City. At first, she was rattled by the change, but she quickly settled in and eventually rose to the executive level at McCann. Moving in the direction of your fear, rather than avoiding it, is an especially important message for women, she says. “Women hold themselves to incredibly high standards. If they don’t feel 100% ready, they may be more cautious.” Don’t let fear paralyze you.
Be A Squeaky Wheel
“When it comes to career advancement and compensation, don’t be afraid to ask for what you want and need,” says Senecal. This is one lesson she learned the hard way. “I always thought if you put your head down and worked hard, they would hand you what you deserved,” she says. “It’s not the case.” Research shows that women are less likely to negotiate their starting salaries (Senecal didn’t), which sets them back their entire careers. It’s okay—and important—to ask for what you’re worth and to ask for resources on the job that will make you more successful.
Create Your Own Leadership Opportunities
“There are only a finite number of leadership positions in a given company,” Senecal says. “But there’s so much that needs to get done. If you can find an opportunity or space to drive progress, chances are you can create your own microcosm of leadership.” When she was head of account management at McCann, she was working on new kinds of marketing approaches and insights to reach young adults. She realized there was an opportunity to package the approach and create a unit based on targeting that demographic. She pitched it to her supervisor and got the go-ahead to launch an “agency within the agency” called TAG. “If you’re at a point where the next job would require vision and you can show it on a smaller level, then you’ll be first in line,” she says.
Just Say ‘Yes’
Because women tend to be more cautious and often want to feel completely prepared before taking on greater responsibilities, they may pass or not raise their hands for advancement. Even if it makes you uncomfortable, Senecal advises just saying “yes” and figuring it out as you go. “It’s okay to jump in a little over your head,” she says. “That’s how you learn.”
Seek Out Dangerous Assignments
Taking on high-risk assignments helps you quickly distinguish yourself and prove that you can take it. “If you volunteer for dangerous missions, you show courage, capability and dedication,” says Senecal. For example, she describes pitching new business for kbs as an intense, highly competitive, 24/7 experience that results in clear winners and losers. She has to be prepared to lose more than she wins. However, she says the dangers associated with temporary defeat are far outweighed by the potential to deliver tangible business growth.
Do Less, Better
“If you do less, better, then you can focus on opportunities to have the greatest impact and create real value, which is how you get recognized,” says Senecal. “It’s possible to get lost when you take on too much work.” She learned the value of prioritizing though trial and error. She would often over-volunteer for assignments, she says, which took up so much time that there was little left for planning and strategic thinking. By focusing for impact, you get a higher return on your time.
Have A Vision
In a groundbreaking leadership, by INSEAD, women ranked highly in every leadership category except one: having and communicating a vision. Yet this is one of the most important functions of a leader. “The main reason people want to be part of something is that there’s a strong vision that they can buy into, that’s bigger than themselves and has value in the world,” she says. “If you can light the way, people will feel inspired and follow you.”
Raphael, 11, who is living with his family outside an evacuation centre in Tacloban
“At first the rain was not that strong, then it started getting stronger. The rain kept getting stronger. We gathered our things. Then the roof started ripping off. When the roof totally came off, we fled. Rocks started to fall on us.
“The water was rising and we clung to a rock. Something hit my father’s head. I tried waking him up but the blood was all over. I tried pulling him but he was too heavy, so I had to leave him. I just swam through, holding on to a banana trunk…”
“Rafael is just 11, but he is now the man of the house. Spotting the potential of an abandoned ruined car, he built their family a new shelter with wood and bits of debris. His mother Leonida, a gentle woman in her forties, relies on him but worries about his health, and the health of all her children.
A mother speaks
“We don’t have a home,” she says. “We don’t have any source of income, to help my family live. What now? How will they eat? We haven’t eaten anything for the past two days, and now my child has diarrhoea. We get food from anywhere we can find it – I think this is why my kids get ill. We are eating anything at all, just to fill our stomachs.
“We are eating spoiled rice. Even if we cook it, it stills smells off. This is also why we get sick. I have no medicine for my children, so if they are sick I try to rub their tummies.”
Save the girls and womens is on the ground in Tacloban and in other affected areas across the Philippines, and we’re distributing essential supplies to families like Leonida’s as fast as we can. But there are tens of thousands more still living in evacuation centres and hastily built shelters.
Children are hungry; babies are sick
Everywhere I turn, babies are coughing. Children are hungry and sick from eating rotten food. Families are desperate. They are also grieving: for family members killed by the typhoon, for homes lovingly built over years, and for their former lives – irretrievably lost.
Prohibition of discrimination, harassment, including sexual harassment, and abuse of authority
Discrimination, sexual harassment and harassment are defined in SG's.
Discrimination is any unfair treatment or arbitrary distinction based on a person’s race, sex, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, age, language, social origin or other status. Discrimination may be an isolated event affecting one person or a group of persons similarly situated, or may manifest itself through harassment or abuse of authority.
Harassment is any improper and unwelcome conduct that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation to another person. Harassment may take the form of words, gestures or actions which tend to annoy, alarm, abuse, demean, intimidate, belittle, humiliate or embarrass another or which create an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment. Harassment normally implies a series of incidents. Disagreement on work performance or on other work-related issues is normally not considered harassment and is not dealt with under the provisions of this policy but in the context of performance management.
Sexual harassment is any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favour, verbal or physical conduct or gesture of a sexual nature, or any other behaviour of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation to another, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment. While typically involving a pattern of behaviour, it can take the form of a single incident. Sexual harassment may occur between persons of the opposite or same sex. Both males and females can be either the victims or the offenders.
We would like to serve for girls and womens who's harassed, including sexual harassment and abuse.
We would like to educate to all the innocent girls and womens about the sexual harassment and abuse.
More over, Save the girls and womens from vulnerable position.