Living in India as a Foreign Woman

May 05, 2015 1 Comment

At Happee, we believe in a better and equal world for all. This week, Fernanda Toyomoto, our Brand Ambassador, wrote us an article about gender equality. Born and raised in Brazil, she has been living in Jaipur, for the past 8 months, where she works as a journalist. She tells us what it is like to be a foreign woman working and living in India - where 70% of women are housewives - and how education (the cause supported by Happee) can deeply impact the country:

foreign woman living in India

"In the past few years, there has been an increase of women in the workforce. However, the male domination at the Indian work places is evident. On my first day of work in India, the sentence that stuck with me the most was 'Be strong!'
There I was, the only woman in a team of 35 men. Three months later, I changed to a different company, where I got promoted as a team leader of another male dominated copywriting company.

A few months ago, I gave a speech at a girls' college with 12.000 students, and to see their hopeful eyes shining for a better future lit up a light of hope within me. I asked them about their dreams - some of them wanted to be entrepreneurs, some of them wanted to travel the world, others wanted to build a beautiful family.

Indian women during a speech at a university

To promote the autonomy of women is a way torwards gender equality, and therefore improves the lives not only of women, but also children and men - but that can only be done through education.

To invest in the capacitation of these women is to take a step forward torwards gender equality, and also social and economical inclusion, as well as the development of the country. However, the inequality between men and women does exist and is reflected by poverty, discrimination, lower wages and restriction to economic goods, which makes the process torwards their economic and social freedom even harder.

India has a long way to go, and education is vital to make this change happen. But yes, gender equality is possible, and I believe that the barriers that keep women from rising will eventually fade away." - Fernanda Toyomoto.



1 Response

Magali
Magali

November 25, 2015

Fernanda, parabéns pelo trabalho. Fiquei impressionada com se empenho em juntar o impreendedorismo com a o trabalho social. Estou planejando uma viagem á Índia no próximo ano, se possível gostaria de conhecer o seu trabalho social, seria possível?
Tenho um blog que escrevo a respeito da Índia e sua cultura e seria muito legal poder conversar com você. Segue o link.

http://magalisouzaaa.wix.com/travel-blog-pt-1

Obrigada
Magali Souza

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40

 

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34

35

36

37

38

 

US

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