'If they aren’t giving you your rights, you possess a power to procure them’

18th November 2014

Woman – is a backbone of any society, but is she really treated the way she should be?

No! Women still face many social challenges as she is dealing with since ages. 

Gender-based violence reflects and reinforces the inequities between men and women and compromises her health, dignity, security and autonomy.

 they would kill a girl after birth and today it gets fulfilled by the medical community through the provision of illegal service of foetal sex-determination and sex-selective abortion.

As the era we live in demands men and women should enjoy the same opportunities, outcomes, rights and obligations -- in all spheres of life – but what happens is just the opposite. 

When there should be increasing economic, political, social, educational, gender, or spiritual strength among the women folk of our society -- there are still some fronts where this equality is just farce.

In our society, discriminatory attitude from men towards women have existed for generations and has been affecting the lives of both in many ways.

They expect them to carry with household chores or taking care of their younger siblings.

Even in 21st century the demand for sons is almost the same as it was decades back with the difference that earlier they would kill a girl after birth and today it gets fulfilled by the medical community through the provision of illegal service of foetal sex-determination and sex-selective abortion.

Female infanticide and sex-selective abortion is adopted by many in the society and strongly reflects in the population stats.

There are families where female child -- from the very beginning – are being brought in a manner that fear and low self-esteem etches hard on their psyche.

We still consider male child a blessing and females as something – which shan’t be brought into this world – though we attach all expectation from a women only – whether as our mother, sister or friend. 

Suggestive comments and jokes, lewd remarks, unwanted requests to hang around – they deal with every day. But does she care, does she ever raise her voice.

The same pattern can also be seen in female literacy as well. Although literacy rates are booming today, but we still find disparaging male-female ratios. 

Though in urban areas, girls are at par with boys, however, the scenario changes as move far away from city. In rural areas girls continue to be less well-educated than boys.

Women's education is the key element to reduce the gender discrimination. But the girls are often being deprived from their right of education.

The number of girls dropping out of school far exceeds that of boys because probably they expect them to carry with household chores or taking care of their younger siblings.

We cross through many instances in our day today life where people still follow the age old myth that education can be of no help to the girl and her primary job is to look after the house, get married early, and have children to raise them – so that the family gets a name.

Discrimination against women in a society like ours is a devastating reality which results in many tragic incidents like suicides, rapes, harassment etc. 

Statistically the suicide rates are higher among women as compared to men and there are enough reasons for it – which we all are well acquainted with.

There is a tough coding written for women only that are prevalent in many cultures around us.

If a woman steps out, moves around on her own, chooses a partner of her choice or seeks divorce from an incompatible partner— all these are parameters which can bring dishonour to her family.

Not just this woman also bear with the safety hassles – at home she is made to listen the direction to deal with people while as in public she faces the ire.

She is being leered, stared, touched, harassed and bears it all silently. 

Suggestive comments and jokes, lewd remarks, unwanted requests to hang around – they deal with every day. But does she care, does she ever raise her voice. 

For every bad she is to be blamed equally as men and for being silent victims as well.

If they aren’t giving you your rights, you possess a power to procure them.

 

(Columnist is a student of mass communication at Government College for Women, M.A Road, Srg)

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