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News Roundup

Women of the world unite ✊🏾

Human Rights

For Mahsa 💔 Women across Iran are protesting following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini while in police custody. Women across the world are also showing solidarity on social media by removing their hijabs and/or cutting their hair.

What happened?

Mahsa was arrested by the morality police in Tehran for “unsuitable attire.”

Officials say she died of a heart attack. Mahsa’s family has said she has no known heart problems. Witnesses have shared that Mahsa was shoved into a police car. Her father also said that when he viewed Mahsa’s body he noticed bruising on her feet.

Protests have erupted across Iran in response to Mahsa’s death. Videos have shown women waving their headscarves in the air or burning them, and shouting "No to the headscarf, no to the turban, yes to freedom and equality!"

We need to talk about Mahsa and spread the word!

Iran has curbed access to Instagram and WhatsApp in response to the protests. Internet outages have been reported as well.

Acting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Nada Al-Nashif says authorities must stop “targeting, harassing, and detaining women who do not abide by the hijab rules.”

We couldn’t agree more. Hijab, or no hijab, women should have the choice to wear whatever attire they choose.

Remember Mahsa and support Iranian women by spreading the word and standing in solidarity with them.

Extra Nuggets 👀

  • An Icon. A Moment. A Woman King! 👑 Viola Davis graces the cover of Elle Brasil and is looking so divine! Meanwhile, her latest film, The Woman King is out now in the US and Canada. Coming soon to a screen near you UK, Aus and NZ! It’s the must see film of 2022.
  • Enough with the racism! 😠 Australia’s federal parliament is working on a code of conduct to address cultural issues (aka, sexual harassment, micro-aggressions and racism). Time will tell if it actually changes things…
  • Ok so we’re soft tagging now? 🤳🏾 This IG tagging trick helps us to keep it ✨aesthetic✨ while also setting boundaries.
  • Oops, it was Kuthu! 💃🏾 Last week we referred to Usha Jey’s performance at Vogue world as Bharatanatyam, but it was actually Kuthu. Big thanks to community member Rhea for kindly correcting us!

Glowreel Recos

What we’re loving this week:

Read - 12 foot ladder. This isn’t something you read per se, but it’ll help you read articles behind pay walls. Obviously support and pay for the media you love (especially small media companies!) But this will get you access to the articles that you can’t (or don’t want to) pay for. Pro tip c/o your rich bff (aka Vivian).

Make - vegan chicken nuggets by Sweet Potato Soul, aka Jenné Claiborne. Crispy, delicious goodness that you can snack on all day long 🤤

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Ragini Jha: Shaking Up Conversations Around Mental Health

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Ragini Jha is the founder of Cardamom Counselling. She provides accessible, quality counselling for adults of all backgrounds, and shares her expert tips over on TikTok too!  

Cardamom Counselling meets at the intersection of east and west - tailoring mental health supports for those who come from or are balancing different cultures.  

We caught up with Ragini to learn why she started Cardamom Counselling, why accessing therapy is important and to hear her top tip on how you can blaze your own trail. Let’s go!

Why did you decide to set up Cardamom Counselling?

It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. Especially being from a South Asian background where so many things are brushed under the carpet. I just thought if someone can see someone who looks like me openly talking about mental health, they might feel like they can talk about it too.

Studies have shown that help-seeking behaviours for South Asians across the board is quite low compared to other ethnicities. I hear things in the South Asian community like “you just need to be more positive” or "therapy is for crazy people". They don’t see others in their community accessing support, so they don’t want to do it either. So that really motivated me to start this initiative and normalise conversations around mental health.

What do you hope to achieve through Cardamom Counselling?

I want to normalise conversations around mental health, and find the middle ground in these discussions for people who come from or are balancing different cultures.

I’ve worked with people all around the world - from Singapore to India, the UK and the US. These were all different cultural experiences. I noticed that in India for example, they would talk about western psychology and see the west in a certain way. Then I’d go to a western country and they’d talk about eastern places in a certain way. There’s so many preconceived notions from both communities and that impacts how mental health is addressed and raised. My aim is to bring that middle ground, having experienced eastern and western cultures, and put out messages and content that both communities can relate to.

Who can access your services?

I provide counselling services to anyone of any background. I aim a lot of my content towards people of South Asian background because of my lived experience, but of course take on clients from all backgrounds!

How do I know if I should access therapy?

This is a good question! I think the biggest thing I would say is that you don't have to wait for a crisis to access therapy. Some people come because they want to be more introspective. Others come because there's a relationship that they want to improve, or they have anxiety at work.

Often people think going to therapy feels very extreme - like you have to be in a really bad place. But I think if you want to explore some aspect of your life, whether it's relationships or family or career, you can benefit from it.

Biggest challenge and highlight of starting Cardamom Counselling?

Challenge: Putting myself out there, especially with being on social media. It’s not something that comes naturally to me. I had a lot of anxiety around starting on TikTok. To have thousands of people that I don’t know seeing my content is a bit scary for me. But it’s also a blessing because it means people are seeing and accessing content about mental health support.

I actually struggled with anxiety for many years. I had a breakthrough when I realised that anxiety can sometimes exist whether I put myself out there or not. So I would rather try - that's all you can do. I also realised that our imagined outcomes are usually much worse than what actually happens. I tell my clients this all the time. All you can do is try. If it works out, great, if it doesn't, you know that you tried.

Highlight: Seeing people’s notions around mental health and identity challenged! I also post therapy exercises and questions online. Having people answer those and be so open and vulnerable with me (a stranger) is a highlight because it creates a sense of community, people are being more introspective, and it opens up a conversation between very different groups.

Your top tip for BIPOC women on how they can blaze their own trail?

My tip is to celebrate the small victories. There’s research that shows we value negative feedback more. So we have to literally rewire our brains by prioritising positive feedback.

This is something I’ve been trying to do myself too. Instead of saying “I need to get to this point to have actually achieved something” I focus on the small steps I’ve taken that contribute to what my goal is. If you’re somebody who wants to make a change, once a day, or once a week, think about what steps you’ve taken towards your goal. Whether that's something as small as making your bed in the morning, or something bigger like gaining 10 new followers on social media, really focus on those small victories.

Community Shoutout

Meet Tatiana, founder of Alma Candles.  

From Medellín, Colombia and now based in Melbourne, Australia, Tatiana is here to make your home glow!

Her eco-friendly handmade candles are available in delicious scents and come complete with crystals of your choice to really level things up. We’ve lit her gorgeous candles in our home and can confirm they are the best.

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Lioness Thoughts

They'll tell you you're too loud, that you need to wait your turn and ask the right people for permission. Do it anyway.

-Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

January 19, 2023
Shilpa Bhim