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Where does the challenge begin for women ? Why is their identity at stake ?
Women in especially developing countries and in this case India, seem to battle with identity crisis due to the lack of equal resources and cultural speedbreakers controlling her capacity to achieve or dream. Identity crisis begins with the most generic habit of giving her feminine and household rolemodels only as an option, to pick from categories to explore.
At the same time we color the girl’s life with so many identification pointers reminding her the limitations of her being a girl. Her abilities are limitless but how much can she unfold is often not for her to decide. How can a person be confused about uncertain expectations of others ?
Fulfillment of purpose and happiness inside the soul can exist when all the factors in your life are decided by you yourself. Gender roles are tearing up almost every women to defend herself against the feminine responsibilities written off by everyone else for the women in most of the cases to forgo her real identity to fulfill the voids of a shared promise all by herself.
A women has no choice but to contribute hertime and preferences to soo many people trying to create a strong influence for her well being. Every person has a vast layout of their life, a women’s layout is created by a team of family members and influencial society examples. All she can do is decorate the provided layout with her choice of theme.
This kind of a situation occurs because she is not designed to think like a bread winner instead she is told to be a meal maker and at the same time homemaking is considered compulsion not luxury.
Identity is more than a person’s right where as we are creating layers of identities with divided classes of norms and expectations.
Focusing on one’s own prosperity is much more eventful than thinking actively for an other adult especially influencing them to such an extent that gender actually becomes a considerable point of accepting inequality .
Financial management is a life skill. For most of the women, their spending is determined by the male counterparts or at least influenced on their spending behaviours. Absence of financial responsibility at young age leads to unsure horizons while taking major life decisions in personal or professional life.
How far is a young girl considered equal to her male counterpart in terms of building financial management as a foundational skill ?
What could be the reasons ?
Family and society looks at her as a future care provider. Women are given boundaries to imagine their spending.
80% of the consumer spending decisions are made by women still her spending dominantly inclines towards common benefits not personal benefits.
Identity crisis is induced on unpredictable levels, about social etiquette and appearance classification which destroys the equality factor in childhood.
Reason for lesser women entrepreneurs is the lack of financial freedom of collateral, loans accessibility, capital investment in addition to the emotional responsibility of family members.
Migration for work is primarily lead by the male member, this factor begins affecting while making attempts to establish strong career for a women.
Dependability of spending details are entrusted on men compared to women who are naturally answerable to their spending as a luxury. Won’t this articulating confusion grow up into a less confident women who needs to rework on self empowerment?
Due to factors like no compulsive paternal leave, children are more emotionally attached with the mother. This leads to her taking first impact of the child behaviour and needs ; leading to changes, that take place in interest to more than just herself.
Financial freedom can be achieved by women but when it is unable to function for her individual goals, that’s when we must realise somewhere that less women in leadership roles is a long term affect of how we see motherhood at homes.
Society unknowingly distributes gender roles while growing up. I am sure each one of you reading this will reflect over the gender roles imposed on you objectively. Let us know what you feel ….
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I beleive that the untold stories of bravery can light up our souls to fight for a better tomorrow. There is nothing more powerful than a strong will combined with ultimately ferrious compassion. India is a land of roaring personalities and their remarkable stories. Today I am going to share an extremely proud story of a child bride from Andhra Pradesh who became the freedom fighter of India and much more than that. – Sahithi Divi
” DURGA BAI DESHMUKH ”
1909 – 1981
She was born on July 15, 1909, in the coastal Andhra Pradesh town of Rajahmundry to a social worker.
She got married at the age of eight . Freed herself from the child marriage with the help of her father.
As she turned 15, she fuelled up her life with a mission to uphold the position of women in India, Freedom Struggle and drafting the India constitution.
She revolted against the imposition of English in the schools , even quit her school.
She gave up every western attire to wear only hand spun Khadi.
She also led the Salt Satyagraha movement which took place in Madras and was sentenced to spend in jail inbetween the years 1930 to 1933.
Her stay in the jail gave her a close insight and understanding of the unmatched suffering of women who did not commit crimes. This led her to study law for mastering the rights and community strength.
She was the member of the constituent assembly and participated in moving almost 750 ammendments as a steering committee member of rules and proceedureat that time.
She was the founder of Andhra Mahila Sabha
She married Chintaman Deshmukh, the first governor of the Reserve Bank of India in 1953 with Jawaharlal Nehru as the witness.
She also served as a chairperson of the Central Social Welfare Board .
She also led the National Council of Women which she established in 1958. Set up to ensure equal rights of women in society.
Durgabai Deshmukh was the President of the Blind Relief Association and she also set up a school and light engineering workshop for the blind.
She represented India as a member of the Indian delegation in the World Food Congress held in Washington DC in 1963.
Durga Bai Deshmukh is a proud reciever of the Paul G Hoffman Award, Nehru Literacy Award, UNESCO Award and Padma Vibhushan.
After her priceless contribution to the nation, which we are still enjoying today ;She passed away in 1981.
“Life is uncertain and the life-span is limited. Why, then, wait to do a good thing?”
Durga Bai Deshmukh
Let us understand that Gender is a construct. If you have the will to make a change, you will advocate for it – Sahithi Divi
When we divide the gender roles, work life creates a complete different pressure for men , women and neutral genders respectively. While men are trained to be the bread earners and women are seasoned to believe that household is naturally their responsibility. Bringing the discussion to working environments/ offices, career is laregly impacted by the gender roles forced on you.
Productivity, growth and performance is not fully entitled on the basis of one’s real worth instead it is polluted by the seeds of wrong beliefs taught in the childhood which grows into burning down a firing soul from performing.
Why are women are expected to be employees , not leaders ? Creation of a women leader is a special story to tell , that is the irony. We are not used to being lead by women ; neither at homes nor at work place.
Fathers are not allocated paid paternal leave in majority of the industries. A child grows up looking at his mother sacrifice her career in most of the cases. Setting right examples for children is important. In this case corporates needs to think for the long term benefits.
Office work is not the only work delivered by women. Constant responsibilty of home for lifetime comes without holidays and perks.Developing nations have a long way to go when it comes to defining gender roles.
Apparently women are tagged as bossy, over ambitious, bad mothers, careless wives, slutty for going out of their way and out performing in their passion and career.
Men are forced into the cycle of competing for a betterment. Well that is a lot ofpressure to carry. This compulsion over him is creating an imbalance in acceptance of women leadership.
Women don’t negotiate competent salaries because they compromise it to getting a job itself in the first place. Various factors are like family approval, safety, under playing negotiation skills put the women on the inferior end. Hence, accepting a low pay is also a key reason for the pay gap between genders.
Girls are dreaming about breaking the stereotypes. When will they start dreaming for leadership ?
WE ALL ARE EQUAL...
DIFFERENCES WE EXPIRIENCE ARE CREATED BY SOMEONE ELSE… EVERYBODY HAS THE SAME POWER AS YOU...
YOUR STORY MUST BE WRITTEN BY YOU…
DON’T GIVE ANYBODY THE POWER TO FEEL THAT THEY CAN TELL YOU WHAT YOU ARE CAPABLE OF.
Gender Equality includes major elements like health, education, economical and also policy making or politics. Instead of harmonising these factors between such high population, we are inducing hierarchy in the social structures. Division of unequal talent on the basis of gender gives only unfulfillment to the country.
The economy which is growing at the fastest rate is struggling to cross the gender barriers dominated by hierarchial regulations which causes underutilization of women in workforce.
The desire for a male child may lead to the couple having more and more children which in turn leads to minimal resources allocated to the girl child in that family. Gender roles begin taking shape even before birth. According to the economic survey 2017-18 the long term affect of male child preference has created 21 million unwanted girls in India.
The physical safety of women is paired with social and cultural norms. In such situations, many of the women step back from doing what they desire. Opportunities and resources are useful only if they can be utilized by women equally.
Domestic voilence and gender discrimination in the outside world can bring down early conclusion to a women’s direction. By cutting her abilities down to cultural norms, there is very little from her to offer.
Defining gender roles begins with classifying colors , toys , cartoons role models and sport choices based on gender since the infant stage of the baby. These small things grow into who we become as adults, hence, reflecting on the economic development of the country ultimately.
The economics of this country lies in the fist of every child- children of all kinds and genders. Every milestone we set for this generation remains till the end of decades. If transformation is not pushed by reminding the existing fundamental rights to all, we are going nowhere.
Did You Know ? The country could add up to $770 billion—more than 18%—to its GDP by 2025, simply by giving equal opportunities to women, according to an April 23 report by the McKinsey Global Institute.
All we have to do today is, to allow eachother, independent of gender bias to unleash their complete potential for the full benefit of our nation. By ignoring the social barriers faced by the opposite gender, we are objectively holding back our country from taking a leap that can bring us back all the years we ever lost to history. Only individuals can bring the dreams of this nation come true.
Are we waiting for a revolution to take place without participating ?
We are getting suppressed in the mirages of aspirational dreams. Here we are , choking our country from performing its capability.
How can we wait longer ?
Gender Equality cannot be resolved by our government, because there are scarecely any women in the policy making. Think about the real life immediate leadership centres you come across ; like home, school, workplace, communities etc.
Act, Advocate and Allign with your opposite gender to support each other like a community. That is what will make gender equality heal us ‘together’ as a nation one day.
Smt M Uma Nagendramani joined the noble profession of Nursing in the Medical Wing of South Central Railway in the year 1983. Starting as an auxiliary mid-wife, she rose to the rank of Chief Matron and at present is on the strength of three decades of nursing service. She is currently serving as the Vice President for S.C.Railway employee’s sungh and National secretray at INTUC.
Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Hon’ble President of India presented the glorious Florence Nightingale Award to Smt M Umanagendramani, at the remarkable award function held at Rashtrapathi Bhavan in New Delhi on 12th May, 2015.
She not only proclaimed her efforts to her job but also inclined towards the social welfare of railway men and women. She paralled her duties with her passion and gave her whole life for an unconditional rage against discrimination and gender inequality. Fighting alongside the dominance of hierarchy and gender she enlarged her vision to impact bottom line sub urban population directly and indirectly influenced by the railway. She brought healthcare, micro management and welfare closer to beneficiaries and remained the first person to launch several gender inequality and anti sexual voilatory campaigns in early 1980’s. The society stumbled upon to see a women actively fighting against discrimination happening at HIV AIDS patients but she rose to be a leaning shoulder to the suffering. She has travelled more than 20 countries advocating for the human rights of labour union.
My association with her dates back to more than a decade, she is my high school classmate’s mother. Hosted me for combined study sessions and ended up having conversations about ground realities of people’s struggle in every layer of society. After more than 10 years we again met ! This time the conversation was more intimidating and it all began to resonate with my soul purpose. If conspiring is true, I have expirienced it through meeting and discovering the same her but who believes in me that I shall deliver my little role in a larger way.
“I am honoured to find her again for a bigger purpose and learning ” – TO FIGHT AGAINST GENDER INEQUALITY.
Gender Equality is an insulated topic admist the false moral regulations. Indian constitution provides equal rights to men and women whereas the differences are unmeasurable. The economic health of our country is divided between men, women and neutral genders. Even in today’s context, the conditional differences are wiping out the fundamental rights of the person by blocking it with gender stereotyping breaking out their original potential to generate financial independence through employement or self employed sources.
” BUT “
Whether it be a family, school, government or any institution; the efficiency of functionality will be deeply effected due to the discriminative pullbacks consisting of gender bias. Business solutions cannot free the mental stigma that has been induced by generations worth of embedded preachings which classify roles and deliverables based on gender. Limitations created by the common belief backed by majority is a comfirmed as a backlog for a healthy ecosystem. Talking about India’s diversity of resources where are we in providing those resources to our women equally ?
Here isthe thing, poviding resources does not mean a special status. It means not occupying someone else’s freedom of availing their fundamental right to health, education, employement, marital implications, sexual descisions, childbirth and many pre formed templates into which objective genders are categorised into.
The change has to begin from within us, to be able to believe the statistics which say that India can add upto $770 billion—more than 18%—to its GDP by 2025, simply by giving equal opportunities to women, according to an April 23 report by the McKinsey Global Institute.
While the end beneficiary of gender inequality could be either of the gender’s situationally; although women are the most fabricated in stigma. The whole other perspective of looking at gender inequality is analysing the economical areas of the country which are depleting due to ground level stereotyping. The few major economic drivers of our country are the following:
RURAL ECONOMIC DRIVERS
Research and Development
Foundational skill building
Independent of the sector, gender has crept into the root cause of driving imbalance. Our country is a mega diverse economy where gender is percieved in numerous ways. Gender inequality can cause a slump in GDP ? Women equal participation ? Categorising house hold ? Placing the priorities under social timelines is a challenging descision making scenario. If you are wondering that gender equality is not your area of action; probably we need to restructure every field and resource for equal distribution to gauge the power of balanced sex ratios.
I aim to explain the undervalued strength which lies in gender inequality that is contemplating on toxic levels with the existing opportunities. I hope this article does reflect that your role does exist in playing the gender equalizer.
Why is India on the 132 nd position out of 187 countries on gender inequality index? Women showed manifesting participation in every field, still what makes Gender Equality a prime goal for an inclusive development of the world. If half our country’s population is women then imagine what would happen if half of us are unable to unleash our fundamental potential and are held back ? Gender is an unimportant economic plague without it’s equality.
The International Monetary Fund finds that India’s GDP will increase by 27 percent if women equally played a role in economy . There are some serious issues dangerously affecting the developing economies and gender is the major cause for some of these following irreversible changes enforced by gender bias on women.
BIRTH — Female foeticide is irreversible. It results in the decline of sex ratio of the country, causing societal imbalance. Social discrimination begins with sex determination.
PRIMARY EDUCATION: Government provides free education to all, making education a fundamental right for children. But early school drop outs are dominantly gender bias inflicted victims. If any difficulty arises in the family, education will sail apart from HER in the first place.
EMPLOYMENT: Employement is a social luxury for majority of women in India. This phase of life needs courage, whereas working women can be easily objectivised by stereotypical gender policing. Literacy rate of Indian women is 67% but the turn out at work place of women is inconsiderably low, hampering the GDP drastically.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Does not get any easier here !! Safe working atmosphere, commuting challenges against the time of the day, women centric generalised expectations and traditional beliefs contrasting the work efficiency or performance remain the first hand hassles for many ( infact most ) working Indian women.
MARRIAGE: Society/ Family play the dominant role in marriage choices, than the person actually getting married. Changing that person’s life in a day for the rest of their life. Marriage is created into generational upliftment of families and not individuals. How will more and more women be able to contribute to the country if they are held back in imaginary beliefs and regulations ?
MOTHERHOOD : Sadly, even motherhood does not come as a personal choice to many women while ignoring the health and financial implications induced onto them. Domestic voilence, gender dominance, rape and many other reasons can cause motherhood, which can never be taken back or changed from that women.
UNPAID LIFESKILL: Under-utilised and unpaid skill delivered by women in domestic roles is highly under valued. Revisit the unmeasured power of homemakers and direct them for delivering a skill that can trigger the country’s outbound potential. Our homes are carrying the most value watsed power.
Gender Equality is an emergency not an emerging need. Everyday that we don’t take action, millions of women are facing the cruel effects of gender inequality.