Sana Iqbal (1987-2017) was a cross-country biker from
India. After surviving a suicidal episode, she dedicated her life to suicide
prevention and mental health.
Her famous cross-country
trip through India was completed over 6.5 months and 38000 km. On the way, she
gave 135 seminars and workshops under the awareness campaign “Suicide is not
the solution”. She died tragically in a car accident at the age of 30.
Indira Nath (b. 1939) is an immunologist and pathologist from India. Her research focuses
on reaction and nerve damage in leprosy, as well as immune unresponsiveness.
specialised in immunology and worked for the Royal College of Surgeons and the
National Institute for Medical Research in London. Her research contributed
greatly to advancements in the understanding and treatment of leprosy.
Nora Inayat-Khan (1914-1944) was a British World War
II heroine, and the first Muslim to have this honour.
Of Indian and American descent, she lived in England at the outbreak of the
second World War, and decided the join the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force. She was
the first woman sent to work as a wireless operator in occupied France, in aid
of the French Resistance. She was captured by the Germans and executed in the Dachau
concentration camp in 1944.
Geeta Iyengar (1944-2018) was a yoga teacher in India. She is
best known for adapting and advancing the principles of yoga to better suit the
needs of women.
She was the daughter of
a famous yoga teacher, and later became an instructor in her own right, as well
as the co-director of the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute. She undertook
numerous international teaching tours and became known as ‘the world’s leading
female yoga teacher’.
was a pro-independence campaigner in India. She was also a devoted social and
women’s rights activist.
campaigning for Indian independence at only fourteen, and was arrested several
times by the British for her activism. She also opened a school for the
children of the tribal population in her area, and was active in Bhoodan
Movement, which aimed to persuade wealthy landowners to give some of their land
to the less fortunate.
Annie Besant (1847-1933) was a British writer, activist and philanthropist. She
was the founder of Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, India.
She was a champion of women’s rights, worker’s
rights, secularism and freedom of thought. She was especially active in India,
campaigning for self-rule and its independence from the UK. In 1917, she was
elected as the president of the Indian National Congress.
India Rules Sex With a Child Bride Is Always Rape in a Massive Win for Girls’ Rights:
We hear so much bad news from India and women’s rights. It’s so wonderful to hear good news in the advancement of women’s rights!
Lakshmi Sahgal (1914-2012) was a
revolutionary during the independence movement of India. She was an officer in
the Indian National Army and was known countrywide as ‘Captain Lakshmi’.
medicine and received her diploma in gynaecology and obstetrics in 1939. During
the independence movement, she commanded an all-female regiment of the army.
She founded the All India Democratic Women’s Association in 1981.
45th Anniversary of the Chipko Movement:
Looks like India is a theme today! I loved reading about this eco-feminist movement back in the 70s that turned out to be successful. Girl power!