Women in Politics Face Systematic Challenges

According to the United Nations, women only hold around one-fifth of national legislative seats, and 38 countries have less than 10% female representation in their governments. This is a clear underrepresentation of women in politics. After all, if women make up about half of the world’s population, shouldn’t they also make up about half of its leadership?

Phoolan Devi was an Indian politician who showed the world that women can rise up from violence and oppression to become great leaders. A survivor of violent sexual assault and child marriage, Phoolan refused to give in to her circumstances. Instead, she fought back, and eventually became one of the most well-loved politicians in India.

Her assassination was evidence of the ongoing violence and oppression women in power face. This is true around the world, and something must be done to stop it. We are spreading the story of Phoolan to achieve this goal, so we hope you will support our upcoming film.

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Upcoming Film on Phoolan Devi Celebrates a Rebel and a Role Model

“Phoolan Devi, for me, is a symbol,” says Lady Kharrazi. “She wasn’t a woman, she’s a legend.” On one hand, she was an outcast in the eyes of society. She was a murderer and a bandit, and she did lots of things that were wrong.

However, that humanity made her endearing. People loved her because of it, and many nearly worshiped her as a religious figure. As a result, Lady Kharrazi is helping to produce an up-and-coming film about the life of Phoolan Devi.

Jamileh Kharrazi Phoolan Devi MovieWho Was Phoolan Devi?

Phoolan was born to a poor family in India. Like many women in these unfortunate situations, Phoolan was constantly exposed to violence.  However, despite this turmoil, Phoolan refused to hide in the shadows. Instead, she turned the tables on her abusers.

The Bandit Queen was praised as a folk hero for her rebellion and elected to India’s parliament by popular vote. However, Phoolan’s political career was cut tragically short in 2001 when she was murdered. As the Guardian reported, it took 10 years for her murderer to be brought to justice.

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Arts and Culture Create a Platform for Sharing Ideas

Arts and Culture Create a Platform for Sharing Ideas

Lady Kharrazi believes in humanity and family values. She understands that love is universal, and that what brings us together is far more powerful than what makes us different. This is why she works hard to bridge cultural divides through her charitable organization, the Toos Foundation.

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Shushma Datt of Women in Focus and Lady Jamileh Kharrazi
Preserving Art to Preserve Culture and History

Originally from Iran, she has seen artifacts of critical cultural and historical value destroyed in the name of revolution. As widely reported, the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran saw priceless and timeless artifacts destroyed.  

This destruction, however, is irreversible. It takes knowledge away from the people that can’t be returned. By destroying art and cultural artifacts, political minds try to rewrite history in their favor. As a result, we all must fight to keep arts and culture alive and well.

Shushma Datt of Women in Focus just recently gushed about Lady Kharrazi, referring to her as “an amazing person who is so close to art and culture.” Indeed, she has taken on the important mission of rebuilding destroyed culture.

Through the Toos Foundation, she is working hard to refill the cultural archives lost to nations in conflict. This includes traditional music and dance, architecture, sculpture, painting, and every other form of artistic expression.

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