Gender equality- can it really exist? Sorry to burst the bubble, but aren’t we living in fool’s paradise trying to believe what we all hope for…a world where women can walk with men side by side. Gender equality has been given the name of feminism when women talk for their rights. I am not a bra burning feminist, and I do want the men in my life to be chivalrous but I would still want my thoughts, my wishes, achievements to be held on par with a male equivalent. Why is it wrong to expect equality in terms remuneration, ranking or respect when the amount of work accomplished is the same?
We talk of the level of intolerance in our country, we say freedom of speech is restricted, we say we live in a world of disparity, we talk about minorities, about reservations, about religious and social differences that create strife and yet we forget to address the most fundamental rule of life, treating all human beings alike. No politician ever addresses this issue. No public shaming is done to a person who under values the virtues or morals of a woman.
Education we say is the first brick to the foundation of a civilized society. Are we not lacking in that basic teaching if women still have to raise their voices just to be heard? The movie, “Pink” recently gave rise to the statement, “No means NO!” A woman is never at a liberty to speak out, to alter, confirm or retract what she wants at every stage, unless she has a support system. Women have to constantly battle out their desires, their accomplishments, keep their head above the water, have a sword hanging overhead, after all it’s a Man’s world.
Then women get that one day to celebrate Women’s day and shout out their achievements, pour out their grievances, list out their wants….. and then 9th of March everything becomes exactly the way it was before.
Too pessimistic you will say but I’m not far from the truth. Honestly, ask yourselves excepting for sales of jewelry and clothes, make up tips and food recipes online, award functions and recognizing achievements for media televised events, what is a concrete change. Do the women feel any safer, are they given more opportunities, do the men reading this actually start treating the women in their lives with more empathy, more grace, more acceptance, more pride?
When we talk about gender equality , instead of saying let the best ‘Man’ win why can’t we say let the best person win. Let it begin at home where every individual is treated with the same respect, dignity, affection, graciousness as the so called “Man of the House”. This authoritative position in every household should be given out of love, mutual respect and not demanded out of fear. Let’s mend the social fabric of every house to weave a society of love and peace for all.