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Run Me Down

In Field Notes, Real Talk on 9 February 2019 at 12:38 pm

Guest post by Hema Gopinathan in a new series called REAL TALK where Ask Amma explores issues we face when engaging with womanhood.

I look wistfully at the cute pair of neon running shorts with its matching tank top that I picked up from a big fitness brand store. An expensive waste, when I am fully aware, having been told over and over, that if you want to run you can even do it in a salwar kameez or a saree. The critical point to remember is to never call attention to oneself. Because that’s very bad, calling attention and any consequence would entirely be my fault. So I put on a pair of leggings long past their lycral prime and a XXL t-shirt in a colour that can be only described as puke-sia. The hair is bound tightly as are the breasts, so as to not swing and you know, call attention.

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Salient features of the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017

In Uncategorized on 1 August 2017 at 8:00 pm

Thanks to the Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India for summarizing the salient features of the 2017 Amendment to the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017. Here is an information sheet that they have released during World Breastfeeding Week, Aug 1-7, 2017.

You may also access the BPNI information sheet on Salient features of the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017 here or read the text below. The full  Government Order, “Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017″ is available here.

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Bravo! Anisha Bhavnani on Menstruation

In Call to Action on 14 February 2015 at 8:18 pm

Bravo to this young woman, Anisha Bhavnani, and her Amma.  All of us need to stand against untouchability in its many forms.   Let us see that our daughters can also answer “no” to the question Anisha faced. Read on ….




Hasn’t your mother told you that you can’t step inside a temple when you have your period?

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CRINGE: David Bradley offers to out-mother Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi’s own mother.

In News & Notes on 3 July 2014 at 3:53 pm

What is more cringeworthy than the CEO of PepsiCo insisting that there is nothing wrong with artificial sweeteners & GMOs and announcing “peace drones” to deliver Pepsi (even in Pakistan!)?

The owner of the Atlantic trying to mother her.

David Bradley, owner of The Atlantic and Indra Nooyi, CEO of Pepsi at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

David Bradley, owner of The Atlantic reassures Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo of her wonderfulness at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

We are talking creepy crawly cringeworthy, that makes you shudder from the shoulder and grimace out of your ears. Read the rest of this entry »

Arise, then, women of this day!

In Art, Call to Action, Poems on 11 May 2014 at 8:05 am

Let us rouse ourselves once again with the urgent proclamation of Julia Ward Howe for peace on earth, responsible society and solidarity among women. 

Mothers’ Day Proclamation: Julia Ward Howe, Boston, 1870

Artist: Emeka Okoro.  From Fine Art America

Artist: Emeka Okoro. From Fine Art America

Arise, then, women of this day! Arise all women who have hearts, Read the rest of this entry »

Nursing Break: Fair Labor Standards Act

In News & Notes on 14 November 2013 at 8:01 pm

Breastfeeding in progressFrom the U.S. Department of Labor
Fact Sheet #73: Break Time for Nursing Mothers under the FLSA
Wage and Hour Division (WHD) | (Revised August 2013) (PDF)

This fact sheet provides general information on the break time requirement for nursing mothers in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”), which took effect when the PPACA was signed into law on March 23, 2010 (P.L. 111-148). This law amended Section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Read the rest of this entry »

Maternity Benefit Act, 1961

In News & Notes on 14 November 2013 at 8:00 pm
Many women in India are unaware of their rights under the Article 42 of the Indian Constitution and under the Maternity Benefit Act of 1961.

Recognizing the time required for breastfeeding, the Act provides for two nursing breaks for every nursing mother until her child is 15 months old.  This is in addition to the normal lunch break and other breaks that all workers get.  Every woman should defend her right to nursing breaks and see that employers follow the law protecting breastfeeding mothers and children. Read the rest of this entry »

Issues in Implementing Maternity Benefit Act

In News & Notes, Uncategorized on 6 July 2013 at 8:00 pm

DATE: 2nd July, 2013

Consultation on Maternity Benefits Act

Consultation on Maternity Benefits Act

The Ministry of Women and Child Development, Govt. of India, organised a day long consultation on the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 on Tuesday, 2nd July, 2013. The National Mission for Empowerment of Women, on behalf of the Ministry of Women and Child Development, coordinated this consultation in the Committee Room ‘A’, Vigyan Bhawan Annexe, New Delhi.

The Inaugural Address was delivered by Smt. Krishna Tirath, Hon’ble Minister, Women & Child Development. It was attended by many senior officials of the Ministry, Planning Commission, State Governments, UN Women, ILO, representatives of many prominent civil society organizations, experts and academics. Read the rest of this entry »

Is it Necessary to Have a Doula?

In Yes / No on 26 May 2012 at 1:18 am

How necessary is it to have a doula in the delivery room?

mom-to-be in Maryland

You give birth, your baby comes forth into the world.  Strictly speaking, no one else is necessary.  But they can be helpful – if you need help.

I think someone who believes in you and builds your confidence is worth having close by while giving birth.  Someone who can give a good massage, suggest appropriate movement, positions, breathing, and other steps to reassure you and your family in times of doubt, pain and uncertainty can make an enormous difference during labour.  Read the rest of this entry »

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