Deepa Narayan: 7 beliefs that can silence women -- and how to unlearn them
Deepa Narayan is an international advisor on poverty, gender and development with more than 25 years of experience working at the World Bank, the UN and NGOs. Full bio
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should be seen, not heard."
to silence girls right from childhood,
a true champion of the female voice,
in India and the world over.
renowned social scientist and author
of every loving parent
and crush their girls.
and authority over the world.
gender equality and women's empowerment.
in a moving bus in Delhi,
the roots of abuse.
a very simple question:
to be a good woman or a good man today?
that young people gave,
and it took over my life.
to over 600 women, men and children,
to make sense of it.
women like many of you in this room,
are extremely misleading,
we have not changed.
to talk about poor people.
the middle and upper classes,
over and over again
anything that's good and moral?
is to make her body disappear,
spoke about the body, never."
get sexually molested,
saying that they dislike their bodies.
my mother used to scold me and say,
and never answer back.
and they withdraw.
who always smiles,
I don't feel good.'"
than your happiness.
to make everyone happy all the time,
with a population of over 1.3 billion,
more people now acknowledge
have a right to sexual desire.
been allowed to own her body,
that this doesn't happen,
at Delhi University, said,
They're jealous and they backbite."
"We don't have time for gossip."
to demolish a woman who is alone.
of a good girl, and she's only 15.
and is good to others and fulfills duty."
is left is also lost.
have nothing left to say
What will you eat?" --
call them "boring."
collectively crush women,
on men for her survival,
of male power to continue.
that we thought were good and moral
is extremely important.
to be a good woman and a good man,
of every society.
we need elastic definitions,
cannot happen without men's involvement.
coming together, with the support of men,
for conversation, for change,
to just listen to each other
that we have with women,
my daughter sometimes,
accha lagta hai varna bura lagta hai".
aur accha nahi bhi lagta hai
tumhare ko lagta hai, right?
unfulfilled stories, desires,
we think these girls are better off?
and that's why I couldn't stop,
and no plans to write a book.
and I thought, "I'm done,"
you well know from Delhi,
to them to be a woman and man
but like my mother's generation.
and another college.
and hides her behavior,
with what Deepa is saying?
You say this to me."
We are not adjusting anymore, OK?
Have a good evening. Thank you.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERDeepa Narayan - Social psychologist
Deepa Narayan is an international advisor on poverty, gender and development with more than 25 years of experience working at the World Bank, the UN and NGOs.
Why you should listen
Deepa Narayan is a social scientist and author of Chup: Breaking the Silence About India’s Women. Until 2008, she served as Senior Advisor in the vice president's office of the Poverty Reduction Group of the World Bank.
While at the World Bank, Narayan advanced program development and evaluation and conducted two studies that resulted in key policy changes: "The Voices of the Poor," which examined the experiences of 60,000 women and men from 60 countries around the world; and "Moving Out of Poverty: Understanding Freedom, Democracy and Growth from the Bottom Up," which studied people from 15 countries to understand how some people climb out of poverty while others remain stuck. Both studies highlight how policy mindsets and unexamined assumptions about impoverished people distort policy decisions.
Narayan's current interests include shared and sustainable living, reducing inequality, making corporate social responsibility a reality, ethical development and economic policies that create wealth for poor people. She holds a PhD in psychology and anthropology and has authored or coauthored more than 15 books.
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