Let no injustice curve your spine!

It was a midnight in autumn when Sujata’s husband first hit her. Since then violence continued in different frequencies & forms. Sujata wanted to walk out of this marriage but the whispers of relatives, colleagues & neighbors bent her confidence. Right then her father held her hands & said, “No matter what, I will be with you”.
#myfather #voicestobeheard #heforshe #WeWillRise
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Based on a true story from Mumbai, India. Original name withheld.
[Stats source: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs239/en/]

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Embrace the brighter side of life

That’s what Shumon Sengupta tells his daughter, Minnie. I was so touched when Shumon shared his blog with me where, out of myriad other ideas, he writes about Minnie who inspires beauty in his life. Shumon is an international aid & #development professional. He has lived in many parts of the world & calls himself a “World Citizen”. But his most cherished moments are spent with the delightful Minnie in whose starry eyes he sees a hope for the future. Here’s a link to his blog http://www.world-citizen-trail.net/world-citizens/

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If you speak the truth I will stand by you

“If you speak the truth I will stand by you” – this saying from Sharmeen’s father always keeps her going. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is a Pakistani journalist, activist and filmmaker. She is the first Pakistani to win an Academy Award and the first to win twice. #myfather #illustrations salutes this father-daughter duo. [source: http://medskoolchronicles.tumblr.com/post/82289488078/if-you-speak-the-truth-i-will-always-stand-by]

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Exhibition in Rome

It is a very special day for me. In April 2013, I started ‪#‎myfatherillustrations‬to promote a cause that I believe in. Since then, I have always received overwhelming support from individuals and organizations. Every story that I illustrated touched me and gave me the inspiration to move on. Despite my full-time job and illustration assignments, I was never too tired to illustrate a “my father” story. And today I am so happy to announce that 4 of “my father” illustrations are being exhibited in Rome (6-9 Nov) by Fondazione Roma, IULM, CIVITA Arte supported by UNESCO.

Link to event: http://www.orientellers.com/le-artiste.html

Link to “my father illustrations”: https://www.facebook.com/myfatherIllustrations

You can have a quick glance here …

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Photo Courtesy: Dominika JOT

Online news link: http://www.lookoutnews.it/orien-tellers-roma/

Video news link screen grabs:

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my interview with UNFPA’s Too Young to Wed

Debasmita Dasgupta, who goes by Smita, has been drawing all of her life. These days, the 33-year-old, who was born and raised in India, lives in Singapore, where she works as a development communications manager. But art is still a huge part of her life. She’s illustrated several children’s books and recently launched an illustrated series called “mY FaTHer,” where she uses her skills as an artist to tell the stories of fathers who defend the rights of their children –- including those who stand against child marriage. Smita was kind enough to take a break from her busy life and tell us a little about her work: her creative process, what inspires her and ultimately, the impact she hopes her art will have.

Read the full http://tooyoungtowed.org/blog/tag/debasmita-dasgupta/

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