‘Being heard’ is one of the most basic ways of empowerment. Be it in your own house, your workplace, among your peers, at the public place, and even on social media.
In recent times, social media has changed the way we communicate. Today, people of similar interests can form their own communities online and bond over common experiences. Celebrities, leaders, and influencers get their own channels to make announcements and share ideas.
The extension of our identity on digital platforms, through what we say, like, and align with has a bearing on the physical world. And more so when you are a public figure with massive following.
As we wrap up the week, here’s a look at the resounding voices of women on social media platforms:
A host of actors, journalists reminded netizens of the power of secular India
You gave us your worst, most vile, most abusive, most filthy abuse and it didn’t work.
We are still standing.
I know you must be exhausted but
- Secular Indian
— Faye DSouza (@fayedsouza) January 12, 2020
Shaheen Bagh should be a case study in sending a resounding message to authoritarianism through peaceful protests. By women, for the nation.
— Rana Ayyub (@RanaAyyub) January 16, 2020
— Sagarika Ghose (@sagarikaghose) January 16, 2020
This is what our country really stands for. https://t.co/Xlom8uDC7k
— Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) January 14, 2020
next time anyone says an Islamist uprising pls ask if they have been to any protest..then note of the innocence with which women men children are welcoming all and speaking of unity. Jai Hind, Bharat.Mata ki Jai, Inquilab Zindabad heard tonite.#ShaheenBagh
— Saba Naqvi (@_sabanaqvi) January 15, 2020
This gentle yet powerful reminder from UN Women
Despite some progress, issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment still persist in all of these areas. Learn more: https://t.co/3spZiCpWfV#WomenCount #GlobalGoals pic.twitter.com/gPudQmlk70
— UN Women (@UN_Women) January 16, 2020
This thread and the insights on gender-based violence women have to face
Gun violence is only so low for a country like India because of the strict laws & the difficulty to access it. Making it similar for acid will help potential victims. It’s horrifying to think that there WILL be potential victims if we don’t take a step asap.
— x (@krownnist) January 15, 2020
American television producer Shonda Rhimes putting justice in perspective
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have turned 91 today. We celebrate and honor his teachings and courage.
#InspirationWednesday 📷: @gettyimages https://t.co/ZdGKOxRrZG pic.twitter.com/LDMeQzfYOV
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) January 15, 2020
This one-liner taking the right jab at patriarchy and misogyny
I wonder if those who think misogyny is uncommon understand how often women stay silent to avoid provoking it.
— feminist next door (@emrazz) January 16, 2020
Journalist Alanna Vagianos summing up the experience of being a woman
— Alanna Vagianos (@lannadelgrey) January 13, 2020
This strikingly honest mood of actor, director, producer, and author Issa Rae when she announced the all-men nomination list for Oscars Best Directors category
Mary Kom’s on Indian Hockey team’s captain Rani Rampal being nominated for the World Athlete of the Year 2019
It’s a proud moment that Indian Women’s Hockey Team Captain @imranirampal is the only Indian nominated for World Athlete of the Year 2019. I have given my vote to Rani, now request everyone to vote for her. Link- https://t.co/MK1Z76zRSX pic.twitter.com/qe1UqdqJjE
— Mary Kom (@MangteC) January 17, 2020
Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley sharing her experience as a black woman