Remember the hockey-wielding girls in Chak De? Or more recently, the wrestling sisters in Dangal? We’ve enjoyed watching the stories of #WomenInSports in #Bollywood films. Do you think films can inspire young women to take up sports? Which is your favorite #WomenInSports film? #BeBoldForChange #WHM2017
Commonly known as the “Everest Twins,” Indian mountaineers Nungshi and Tashi are already world-famous mountaineers in their mid-20s. They are the world’s first siblings and twins, as well as the youngest persons and the first South Asians, to complete the “Adventurers Grand Slam” (scaling the highest peaks of each continent and skiing to the North and South Poles). Their passion for climbing...
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Great to read about India’s badminton star Jwala Gutta being selected to the governing body of the Sports Authority of India and her commitment to promote #WomenInSports. Jwala Gutta is one of the many inspiring sportswomen in India. She was awarded the Arjuna Award, India's second highest sporting award, for her achievements and has been vocal about the need to #EmbraceEquality in the...
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Batter up! Today, we’re paying tribute to the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL), which was in existence from 1943 to 1954. After the entry of the United States into World War II, the major baseball leagues turned to talented women players in order to preserve enthusiasm for baseball and raise morale for audiences across America. AAGPBL games were culturally...
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Kick like a girl! According to the United Nations, girls are more likely to attend school and to reach their potential in contributing to society when they’ve participated in sports programs. Many groups in Mumbai use sports as a tool for empowerment work with young women from disadvantaged communities. For example, the girls from Dharavi Diary have been learning soccer, and took part in...
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It’s just under a 100 days to go for the Women’s Cricket World Cup! The 11th edition of this international cricket tournament starts this June in England. Eight teams – including India – are participating this year, with India taking on England in the first match. We, of course, are rooting for the #WomenInBlue! Did you know the U.S. too has a national women’s cricket team? While they haven’t...
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Have you heard of Title IX? Introduced as part of the U.S. Civil Rights Act in 1972, Title IX prohibits discrimination based on gender in U.S. schools and colleges funded by the government. The law is most known for its impact on the participation of women in college athletics in the U.S. In 1971, before it was introduced, fewer than 300,000 girls participated in high school varsity sports....
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Three cheers for inclusiveness! This month, American sports apparel retailer Nike announced it would launch a performance hijab for Muslim sportswomen, becoming the first major sports outfitter to provide Muslim women with comfortable and practical sports headgear to wear while conforming to their personal religious practice. It’s great to see the sporting world increasingly embracing...
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An ancient style of martial arts, Shaolin Wushu, is being used to #EmpowerWomen in Afghanistan. On a hilltop in Kabul, a group of Afghan women and girls meet every week to practice Shaolin Wushu, taught by Sima Azimi, Afghanistan’s first female Wushu trainer. Through the activity, the women hope to find a way to fight prejudice, learn self-defense techniques, and perhaps represent their...
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The Indian women’s ice hockey team just had its first international win last week! The relatively unknown national team, which has been working to get more recognition and funds, participated in the Challenge Cup of Asia tournament held in Bangkok where they registered their first ever win on an international stage. Congratulations to these young #WomenInSports! #IceHockeyPossible #WHM2017...
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In celebration of Women’s History Month this March, we are taking a look at some fabulous women in sports – from Indian mountaineers to women’s baseball in the U.S. and how sports can play a role in women’s empowerment. Look out for our posts coming up all through the week, starting later this evening. Is there a woman in sports whom you admire or a local women’s sports team that you want...
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Holi Hai! Do you remember your first time playing Holi? Some of the kids of the American diplomats from the consulate got tips on how to celebrate from our local colleagues earlier this week, and are ready to color the world today! #HappyHoli from all of us at U.S. Consulate Mumbai!
Twenty eight women came to India from Afghanistan for a month this winter to participate in a USAID-supported Economic Empowerment for Afghan Women Program’s training session. These women learned a new skill set and how to turn it into a reliable income. The project, created by the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), has trained 78 women in India so far and aims to train more than 3,000...
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History was made in the skies, just ahead of International Women’s Day this year. An Air India around-the-world flight with an all-women crew, flew from New Delhi to San Francisco, a journey of 15,300 kilometres, making it the longest non-stop flight in the world with an all-women crew! In addition to the cabin crew, the entire team that worked on the flight, from the check-in staff to the air...
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Congratulations to our alumna and partner Elsa Dsilva, who received the Vital Voices #LightOfFreedom award for her work at Mumbai-based organization Safecity, which gives women the power to report and expose sexual abuse and harassment. Elsa received the award in Washington D.C. alongside fellow awardees including Queen Rania of Jordan, Nadia Bushnaq, Chief Kachindamoto, and Ariela Suster,...
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What’s it like being a Muslim in the U.S.? American storyteller and comedian Aman Ali was at #DostiHouse last evening, sharing moments from his life growing up as a Muslim kid in Ohio. From dealing with his “typically Indian” parents to explaining his heritage to those who had never heard of Islam – Aman shared the funny moments, the heartwarming stories of communal love, and his efforts to...
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Happy International Women’s Day! Today we honor all of the outstanding women at the Consulate who contribute every day to strengthening #USIndiaDosti. Are you celebrating #WomensDay at your workplace? Share your pictures with us!
What’s it like being the head of one of the largest foreign missions in India? As part of a feature on women diplomats in India, the Economic Times interviewed the most senior diplomat of the U.S. Mission to India, Chargé d’Affaires MaryKay Loss Carlson. Read about what she loves about India and her thoughts on gender equality at senior positions [ Indiatimes.com Link ] #WomensHistoryMonth...
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The Indian Consul General in Houston, Anupam Ray, met with American Ian Grillot last week to commend him for his heroism in intervening in the Kansas shooting that killed Srinivas Kuchibhotla and wounded Alok Madasani. Consul General Ray told Ian, 24, that his “bravery and kindness speaks louder for and is more representative of America than the violence.” We could not agree more.

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Get over the Monday blues with some stand-up comedy on Tuesday evening at the Dosti House at U.S. Consulate Mumbai. Join us for an evening of fun with Aman Ali, an award winning American comedian and storyteller and one of the most engaging social media personalities in the Muslim community today. Join us at 6 pm on Tuesday, March 7 at Dosti House, U.S. Consulate Mumbai in BKC. The event is...
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