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Empowerment of Women- Is It A Mere Slogan?

December 12, 2010

Pick up any Newspaper, switch on any Television Channel and what do we find? Incidents of Female foeticide, bride burning, dowry deaths and even Sati still being practiced. We need to hang our heads in shame as women who constitute nearly half the population in our country are not treated as equal. Though the Indian Constitution confers equal rights and opportunities for all, irrespective of gender, in reality it is not so. To provide dignity to its women folk, a mere legislature is not required. What is required is to educate women and thus empower them.

Our vision of India emerging as a Global Superpower can only be realized when its women who constitute nearly 50 % of its population are involved in issues of growth and development. Equality and respect to women is deep-rooted in our ancient culture. In Indian mythology whereas the male Trinity – Vishnu, Brahma and Shiva are credited with the genesis of ancient civilization, the female energy Durga is worshipped as the destroyer of evil, Laxmi as the goddess of wealth and Saraswati as the giver of knowledge and all creative forms.This should not be so in the cosmic frame, but also within each of us. As women, each one of us needs to recognize our own intense creative energy. Somewhere over the centuries, the status and glory attributed to women has become hazy.

And it isn’t just in our country that women aren’t treated with due respect, sadly it is the same all over the world in some way or another. Women constitute almost 50% of the world population, almost 70% of the women work and contribute to household income in some way or another Yet just 1% of the world’s women own land.

No matter which era one belongs to there have always been set parameters to define and describe women. For majority of us a woman needn’t work but she HAS to know how to cook. We don’t care whether she’s educated but she better be pretty, no less than an Aishwariya Rai or Kate Winslet. And yes these are true even in today’s world. For if they weren’t I doubt we’d ever have articles and columns dedicated to how women should juggle their personal and professional life!

One might argue that the above mentioned parameters hold true only in the “Third World” but is that really true? For eg. switch on any American soap and try to spot out one serial where the leading lady is not attractive. I guess you will say Ugly Betty. But do we realize that because of the simple fact that she isn’t like the rest of the actresses on TV there is a huge tag attached to the show- “Different”. And why the title ugly? Why not “Normal” or “Simple Betty”?

 

So wake up! We ought to treat women at par with men. Only then can we say with pride that India is a democracy or that we are living in a globalized world with model institutions like the UN. Then only can we call this world a modernized world.

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  1. December 12, 2010 5:37 PM

    So true.. specially the looks bit..
    Pick up ANY bollywood song, and ALL of them sung to women describe only their feminine beauty and outer appearance.. ‘gore gaal’, ‘tera chehra’, ‘aankhein teri’, ‘chandan sa badan’, ‘roop tera mastana’.. I can go on.. not a single one describes ANY other aspect..
    So is beauty and outer appearance the ONLY parameter which is used to judge a woman?
    And about Gods and Goddesses.. well all I can say is we’re a bunch of bloody HYPOCRITES!
    Okay.. now I’m all fired up.. So I guess I should stop..
    Anyway, Awesome post, AN. Loved it.. 🙂
    Hugs.. 🙂

    • December 13, 2010 12:05 PM

      Totally!!!
      Half or most probably even more than half of the men on this earth don’t care whether the woman is intelligent but hey she has to be HOT.
      Love You 😀

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    • December 17, 2010 5:47 AM

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