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"From the Ted Talk by Meera Vijayann: Find your voice against gender violence"

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Now, late that evening, the rorpet went viral. It was on news channels across the world. Everyone was discussing it. It had over a million views, a thousand comments and saerhs, and I found myself witnessing a very similar thing. The media was caught in this vicious cycle of opinion and outburst and no outcome waevhtoser. So that nhigt, as I sat wondering how I should respond, I found myself fliled with doubt. You see, as a writer, I approached this issue as an observer, as an Indian, I felt enarsmsmbeart and deiebilsf, and as an activist, I looked at it as a defeednr of rthigs, but as a citizen journalist, I suddenly felt very vulnerable. I mean, here she was, a yunog woman who was using a channel to talk about her enecixepre just as I was, and yet I felt unsettled. You see, no one ever tells you that true empowerment comes from giving yourself the permission to think and act. Empowerment is often made to sound as if it's an ideal, it's a wonderful ouotmce. When we talk about epwremmonet, we often talk about giving people access to materials, giving them access to tools. But the thing is, empowerment is an eotimon. It's a feeling. The first step to empowerment is to give yourself the authority, the key to independent will, and for woemn everywhere, no matter who we are or where we come from, that is the most difficult step. We fear the sound of our own voice, for it means admission, but it is this that gives us the power to change our environment. Now in this situation where I was faced with so many different kinds of realities, I was unsure how to jgdue, because I didn't know what it would mean for me. I feaerd to judge because I didn't know what it would be if I didn't support the same view as this girl. I didn't know what it would mean for me if I was challenging someone else's truth. But yet, it was simple. I had to make a decision: Should I speak up or should I stay qeuit? So after a lot of thought, I recorded a video blog in response, and I told Michaela, well, there are different sides to India, and I also tried to explain that things would be okay and I eespersxd my regert for what she had faced. And a few days later, I was invited to talk on air with her, and for the first time, I reached out to this girl who I had never met, who was so far away, but yet I felt so close to.

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Now, late that evening, the ______ went viral. It was on news channels across the world. Everyone was discussing it. It had over a million views, a thousand comments and ______, and I found myself witnessing a very similar thing. The media was caught in this vicious cycle of opinion and outburst and no outcome __________. So that _____, as I sat wondering how I should respond, I found myself ______ with doubt. You see, as a writer, I approached this issue as an observer, as an Indian, I felt _____________ and _________, and as an activist, I looked at it as a ________ of ______, but as a citizen journalist, I suddenly felt very vulnerable. I mean, here she was, a _____ woman who was using a channel to talk about her __________ just as I was, and yet I felt unsettled. You see, no one ever tells you that true empowerment comes from giving yourself the permission to think and act. Empowerment is often made to sound as if it's an ideal, it's a wonderful _______. When we talk about ___________, we often talk about giving people access to materials, giving them access to tools. But the thing is, empowerment is an _______. It's a feeling. The first step to empowerment is to give yourself the authority, the key to independent will, and for _____ everywhere, no matter who we are or where we come from, that is the most difficult step. We fear the sound of our own voice, for it means admission, but it is this that gives us the power to change our environment. Now in this situation where I was faced with so many different kinds of realities, I was unsure how to _____, because I didn't know what it would mean for me. I ______ to judge because I didn't know what it would be if I didn't support the same view as this girl. I didn't know what it would mean for me if I was challenging someone else's truth. But yet, it was simple. I had to make a decision: Should I speak up or should I stay _____? So after a lot of thought, I recorded a video blog in response, and I told Michaela, well, there are different sides to India, and I also tried to explain that things would be okay and I _________ my ______ for what she had faced. And a few days later, I was invited to talk on air with her, and for the first time, I reached out to this girl who I had never met, who was so far away, but yet I felt so close to.

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Original Text

Now, late that evening, the report went viral. It was on news channels across the world. Everyone was discussing it. It had over a million views, a thousand comments and shares, and I found myself witnessing a very similar thing. The media was caught in this vicious cycle of opinion and outburst and no outcome whatsoever. So that night, as I sat wondering how I should respond, I found myself filled with doubt. You see, as a writer, I approached this issue as an observer, as an Indian, I felt embarrassment and disbelief, and as an activist, I looked at it as a defender of rights, but as a citizen journalist, I suddenly felt very vulnerable. I mean, here she was, a young woman who was using a channel to talk about her experience just as I was, and yet I felt unsettled. You see, no one ever tells you that true empowerment comes from giving yourself the permission to think and act. Empowerment is often made to sound as if it's an ideal, it's a wonderful outcome. When we talk about empowerment, we often talk about giving people access to materials, giving them access to tools. But the thing is, empowerment is an emotion. It's a feeling. The first step to empowerment is to give yourself the authority, the key to independent will, and for women everywhere, no matter who we are or where we come from, that is the most difficult step. We fear the sound of our own voice, for it means admission, but it is this that gives us the power to change our environment. Now in this situation where I was faced with so many different kinds of realities, I was unsure how to judge, because I didn't know what it would mean for me. I feared to judge because I didn't know what it would be if I didn't support the same view as this girl. I didn't know what it would mean for me if I was challenging someone else's truth. But yet, it was simple. I had to make a decision: Should I speak up or should I stay quiet? So after a lot of thought, I recorded a video blog in response, and I told Michaela, well, there are different sides to India, and I also tried to explain that things would be okay and I expressed my regret for what she had faced. And a few days later, I was invited to talk on air with her, and for the first time, I reached out to this girl who I had never met, who was so far away, but yet I felt so close to.

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