As dads we are constantly looking for content that marshals the cause of equality through gender or otherwise. When we received a mail from Pratha we were so excited about her book because we realised that such deep and complicated matters need to be inculcated at a very young age. This is what her book tries to do.
The beauty of When I Grow Up is that it doesn’t necessarily need to be given ONLY to a girl child but we insist that every boy also reads it to comprehend the concept of achievement.
Children need to realise and accept the fact that achievement has nothing to do with gender at all. We want today’s kids to look at achievement as a human thing and nothing else. If you endeavour and are passionate about something then go ahead and make it happen.
This is where parenting comes into focus, we need to help our children realise their hunger and drive to achieve something in life and we must provide the guiding light on a dark road.
Peter and I spoke intensely with Pratha on the role of men and women in our society and what we all need to do, to give courage not just to our children but to each other. This episode is just not about gender equality but about hope for the future generation.
Pratha Shetty is an interculturalist living between Mumbai and Paris. While learning and teaching about different cultures, she realised that each country has amazing women who can inspire generations! Unfortunately, not many children know about them. That’s when she decided that she wanted to motivate children from all walks of life by telling them stories about women from diverse backgrounds. So that every child can see her/himself when they read this book. Apart from intercultural training, Pratha is also the creator of the group Sisters From Different Cultures where women from all around the world discuss problems they face in their countries and share ideas of how to overcome them.
When I Group Up is available on
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Nadir currently leads the Business Development division at a digital agency. Prior to this he spent just over a decade in TV and digital video production – producing, directing, developing content and writing. www.linkedin.com/in/nadir-kanthawala-47249814/
Peter is a marketing guy. He has a decade experience with companies ranging from startups to public listed companies. http://www.linkedin.com/in/peterkotikalapudi