International Women’s Day

international-womens-dayThe issue of equality has dominated the news over the past year. Gender, race, and sexual orientation have been driven into the spotlight of the political agenda, and rightfully so. The fact remains that as far as we’ve come in recognizing the equality of individual groups, we have not come nearly far enough.

Those who fail to see the disparity in gender equality must have missed Gamergate, a blow to the already questionable reputation of the video game industry. And maybe they didn’t notice American Apparel’s latest Back-to-School campaign. Not to mention the horrifying but ultimately unsurprising news about the sex trade rushing into Nepal in the wake of their disaster.

So now that I’ve either destroyed your mood or made you very very angry, take a few moments to enjoy Amy Schumer’s take on rape culture.

This year International Women’s Day is celebrating with the slogan “Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture It!” And though I think the wording could have been a bit better, the message is clear: equality for women secures a better future for everyone. This way even the assholes who didn’t think gender equality affected them might finally get the message. And if they don’t maybe it’s time to put away the purple ribbons and bust out the purple baseball bat filled with rusty nails. Food for thought.

“Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality” is the new goal of gender equality. Step It Up is launching on International Women’s Day 2015 and will showcase specific commitments that governments make leading up to the United Nations General Assembly this September. If you’re looking for more information, start with their official site.

Picking a recipe to run for International Women’s Day is not an easy choice. What food could embody the struggle toward gender equality? And the short answer is that nothing can. There isn’t a recipe I could run today that would answer these questions. Instead, I’ve decided to run a traditional Nepalese recipe for Dal Bhat in an effort to draw attention to the danger women and girls in Nepal face during these trying times.

To help with the disaster in Nepal, I recommend donating to the Seva Foundation since they have an established relationship with the country. Or consider donating through Facebook since they are willing to match your donation.


Dal Bhat

2 cups long grain rice
4 cups water
1 teaspoon butter
1 ½ cups lentil
4-5 cups of water
½ teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
6 tablespoons clarified butter
¾ cup sliced onions
2 dried red chilies
Salt to taste

Rice (Dal):
Wash rice and soak for 5 minutes.

Boil the rice over medium heat for about 10 – 15 minutes. Stir once thoroughly. Add butter for taste and to make the rice soft and fluffy.

Turn the heat to low and cook, covered, for 5 minutes until done.

Lentils (Bhat):
Wash lentils and soak for 10 minutes.

Remove anything that floats from the surface and drain water.

Add drained lentils in fresh water and bring to a boil. Add all spice.

Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 20 – 30 minutes until lentils are soft and consistency is similar to porridge.

In a small pan heat the remaining butter and fry the onions, chilies, and garlic.

Mix with the lentils a few minutes before serving. Serve with rice.

Post by Ian Sims. Recipe from