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.
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?