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When Anjana Kashid was in Class VII, she learned that her parents were planning to marry her off during a trip home to her village. Anjana had been taking part in programs run by the Tara Mobile Creches Pune, which helps children in the migrant construction community, and her mentor...
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"I cook.
I clean.
I help in household work.
I live a life free of Gender Bias. Chores and activities shouldn't have gender assigned to them." - Aditya Arora.
#16DaysOfActivism
Did you know that 36.7 million people around the world are living with HIV, including 2.1 million people in India? While these numbers are very high, we also see reasons for hope, as India saw a 19% decline in new HIV infections and a 38% decline in AIDS-related deaths between 2005 and 2013. On this #WorldAIDSDay, let’s honor the work being done to raise awareness and to support research and...
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A good story can inspire and move people to act. The U.S. Consulate General Mumbai and TERI - The Energy and Resources Institute have come together to gather stories of unsung “Green Heroes” from India’s western region. We are looking for young filmmakers, photographers, video editors, writers and activists to tell powerful stories of individuals or communities who have done commendable work...
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India-based social enterprise Sari Bari has won the $1 million Opus Prize for humanitarian social entrepreneurship! Founded in Kolkata by American Sarah Lance, Sari Bari hires women who are victims of or vulnerable to human trafficking and teaches them to recycle saris into beautiful lifestyle products.
Congratulations to the organization for this tremendous achievement, and our best wishes...
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"I advance gender equality by ensuring that reproductive rights are guaranteed as fundamental human rights throughout the world. In the United States, I worked at a homeless shelter for mostly immigrant Latina women and children. I've worked to ensure women's access to quality healthcare during childbirth in Africa, challenged restrictive reproductive laws and policies in Europe, and advocated...
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It’s almost December and the holiday spirit has hit the White House! The official White House Christmas tree for this year made its way to the Blue Room in a horse-drawn carriage, keeping up a long-standing annual tradition. First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed the official tree for the Obamas’ last Christmas in The White House. We’re looking forward to Christmas in Mumbai too – time to go dig...
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"Each society has its own peculiar barriers to gender equality. These may be attributed to culture, religion or tradition, but one thing is certain – no matter what it looks like, gender inequality is an issue world over. In joining and working for SheSays, I have begun my concerted efforts to advance gender equality in India. In the coming years, I plan to work towards the elimination of...
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U.S. women’s magazine Glamour is inspiring men to join in the battle for gender equality! While many people turn to women’s magazines for lighter fare, Glamour has been active in women’s empowerment for many years, including releasing an annual Woman of the Year list. This year, Glamour announced its first Man of the Year: Irish rock star Bono of the popular band U2, who has been recognized...
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Will a dead cell phone battery soon be a thing of the past? The Jung Research Group on Nanomaterials Science & Engineering at the University of Central Florida’s Nanoscience Technology Center, which includes IIT graduate Nitin Choudhary, has developed a new process for creating flexible new supercapacitors that can store more energy than usual and can be recharged more than 30,000 times...
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“We will always remember the events of 26/11 not only the sorrow but also the courage and humanity that was displayed that day. The U.S. stands in solidarity with all of Mumbai and all of India in working to eradicate the scourge of terrorism and we affirm our lasting friendship with the Indian people.” – President Obama, writing in the guest book at the 26/11 Memorial during his 2010 visit to...
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Today is the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women, the day that begins the #16Days of Action against Gender-Based Violence. Globally, the statistics are shocking: one in five women will be raped in her lifetime, an estimated 133 million women and girls live with the consequences of genital mutilation, and almost one-third of all women have experienced some form of abuse...
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Happy Thanksgiving!
Today, all across the United States, families and friends are gathering together for our national day of thanks. In addition to preparing their own festive meals, many families volunteer to serve meals to needy families or to people who are alone for the holidays. President Obama and his family have made a family tradition of service on Thanksgiving, and dished out...
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The rich history of Sikhs in America extends back over 100 years. The Sikh Project, a project sponsored by The Sikh Coalition and photographed by Amit Amin and Anoop Singh, aims to help raise awareness on the over half a million Sikhs who live in the United States. Recently on view in New York City, the exhibition features photographs of 38 American Sikhs, including Major Kamal Singh Kalsi,...
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Meet the American who has lived in India for 16 years and never seen the Taj Mahal! When American photographer Waswo X. Waswo first arrived in country, he wanted to explore India off of the tourist route. He saw a brochure for Udaipur, and quickly fell in love with the city, where he now owns two photography studios. Waswo and his longtime collaborator Rajesh Soni create modern street...
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In 1996, the United Nations declared November 21 to be World Television Day. Television can be a fantastic medium to broaden our knowledge of different cultures, promote tolerance, foster global understanding of international issues, and spark scientific and cultural curiosity. And beyond bringing education on diverse topics such as current affairs, science, cooking, and sports straight into...
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Mumbai or Delhi? We admit that we understand the friendly rivalry between the two cities – after all, we have the similar New York/Los Angeles discussion in the United States. Living here in Mumbai is truly special to the American diplomats and families assigned to the U.S. Consulate Mumbai, and while we enjoy all of #IncredibleIndia, we have a special place in our heart for Amchi Mumbai. ...
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Rishi Sharma’s childhood heroes didn’t include superheroes and movie stars. Growing up in southern California, Rishi was fascinated by the Americans who served in World War II, and the sacrifices they made when they were not much older than he is. When he realized during his junior year in high school that even the United States Library of Congress did not have an extensive collection of...
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When I finished 12th standard, I had been selected to train in a football academy, but educationwise, there wasn’t much on offer. My parents came from an educational background, and didn’t want me to only play football, because the question was always “What will you do after you play football?” I wanted to study sports management, so I looked at U.S. schools, which gave me the chance to study...
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Looking for more advice on #StudyInTheUS? Consular Officer Michael and EducationUSA advisor Tanushka walk you through the application process for aspiring students. #IEW2016