The photo captures the moment I presented my credentials to Ambassador Amina Mohamed, Kenya's Foreign Minister.
This is a collection of my articles that span a diverse range of topics, improving universal health coverage to fighting the scourge of FGM, child marriage, pushing for gender equality, women's and youth empowerment. I seek to advance humanity and influence policy makers and opinion leaders through my writings. Join me.
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his first Independence Day speech took on the topic of rape. He told parents, "to do a better job of raising their sons." As a culture, Indians continue to value their sons over their daughters. Boys are taught that girls are subordinate to them. They are shown that girls do not deserve the same amount of education, do not enjoy the same rights and do not matter as much as boys.
My take in Huffington Post India: http://www.huffingtonpost.in/siddharth-chatterjee/two-years-after-the-delhi_b_6281156.html
Fear has gripped Kenya’s northeastern Mandera County.
On December 2, Islamic militants attacked a quarry near Mandera town and executed 36 innocent workers, just days after the hijacking of a Nairobi-bound bus outside the town and the killing of 28 passengers.
As a result of the insecurity, public servants -- especially teachers and doctors, who suffered the brunt of the bus attack -- are leaving Mandera.
My OP-ED in Reuters http://www.trust.org/item/20141202164658-xlpzv/?source=shtw
When you Google images of "FGM girls" you would be shocked at the eye popping and stomach churning images. The brutality inflicted on young girls in tragic. Nashiru, a practitioner of female genital mutilation (FGM) in a Maasai community in Kenya, says, "Cutting girls is something our people have done for hundreds of years. No one can convince us that it is wrong". But Kenya can change this and can serve as a model for other countries where the scourge of FGM continues. My take. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/siddharth-chatterjee/female-genital-mutilation_6_b_5851806.html
My opinion piece togther with Dr Abbas Gullet, Secretary General of the Kenya Red Cross.
Advancing the maternal and child health agenda in Kenya requires collective action from the international development community, donors and local organizations and communities.
Together we must ensure that mothers survive childbirth and ensure children have a safe and healthy start to life. Delivering on this agenda is within our reach --'no woman should die giving life' http://www.huffingtonpost.com/abbas-gullet/maternal-health-in-kenya_b_5228421.html
Starting on Monday, April 7, 2014 more than 800 million voters began to cast their ballots at 930,000 polling stations in the first phase of an election process that will last for more than six weeks. This arrives at the end of a particularly ugly campaign cycle where politicians have traded allegations and counter-allegations of corruption. It is clear that unless corruption becomes the most important election issue for the average citizen when going to the polls, things are unlikely to change.
Despite the fact that there are an estimated 200,000,000 people in the world with an intellectual disability, the profound challenges they face in the Global South is a key development issue that is just now coming to light. Ultimately, having options means having choices. And thankfully, some key actors like the Special Olympics in the development community have chosen to take steps in this big fight. A tribute to Tim Shriver whose mother Eunice Kennedy Shriver, started the Special Olympics and Tim carries the light that illuminates the plight of intellectual disability with aplomb and great zeal. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/siddharth-chatterjee/the-tyranny-of-intellectu_b_4642382.html
Child marriage is both the symptom of a patriarchal society unwilling to let women progress and the cause of other gender-based issues such as economic marginalization and poor health care. It will be impossible to completely eradicate child marriage without changing archaic social values in South Asian society.
11 October 2014 is the International Day of the Girl Child. Will this New Year be a harbinger of positive change?