“One is not born, one becomes a woman.”~Simone de Beauvoir
Meet this Jamia Girl, age 21, a woman who won the award of Young Changemaker for ‘Youth Leadership Sumit” at IIM-B, Vista. A woman pretty and ferocious, a woman lovely and bold. As to whenever Yalagar would be recalled in Jamia, Shafila Ladhani would be remembered. Yalagar is the first Jamia gender forum where people from both the gender discusses their issues and problems and try to get solutions in those sessions.
What makes Shaifila special is her bold voice and strong opinions. From her Facebook post, she had made her mark precisely she is known for her bold attitude. When it comes to feminism the stereotypical image of women hating men comes in the front, but you see feminism is breaking the stereotypical and taboos that have long suppressed femininity. Be it replying to online catcalls and jeering or supporting a cause Shaifila is that one strong head woman who walks with extra kgs in a superb pride. She didn’t flinch an inch when it comes to giving back replies to men catcalling or demeaning woman on social media. Her strong opinions and write ups have been greatly acknowledged.
Shaifila has taught children in slums and contributed her write ups to many prestigious journals and magazines. She has worked with Womenite, where she made students and children aware about harassment and thus, she has entered into our list of campus celebrities with her long list of achievements. Shaifila has just graduated in psychology from Jamia Millia Islamia this year.
Before her final farewell, Aapka Times reach out to her for an exclusive internet. The excerpt is here:
How did Yalgar come into existence?
So, I was working with a gender forum in KMC and that’s how the importance of such a forum here struck. Then, initially through Facebook, we got registrations next, we took it to Dean of Students welfare (DSW) Sent proposals and finally talked to VC.
How did you article Islam and women with Unslut Project?
A representative of Unslut project contacted me after seeing a blog of mine. So I wrote something about my experience as a debater in school. (that blog is off now) and they liked my writing and asked me if I would like to write something. Once I told them my background, this is the topic they assigned.
How were your three years spent in Jamia when there is a famous misconception Jamia doesn’t give space to Non-Muslim students how far your grad years were affected by it?
I didn’t really see the “non-Muslim” students not getting space part. My grad years were not affected by religious gaps in any way. Except for a few people who expected me to behave like a “nice” Muslim and talked about my choice of clothes and lifestyle.
What contributions would you make to society in the coming years?
I want to work mostly on the gender issues and work with younger children about teaching sex and sexuality. I think gender and sex ed are not adult topics but to be progressively taught from a young age.
What are your future prospects?
I’m looking forward to being a therapist mostly but I’m not very sure as of now. I know 2 things, 1 I wouldn’t be doing a desk job. 2 it has to be related to the society and the way it functions.
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