#17 BORN EQUAL, CELEBRATING INTERNATION WOMEN’S DAY, 2021, with 21 matter series

GENDER PARITY

Gender parity is equality between all people, regardless of their:

✨GENDER (the patriarchal binary approach to gender )
✨SEXUALITY (the degree to which they conform with gender norms)

WHAT DOES THE STATISTICS say?

UNICEF data depicts:

⚡Nearly 1 in 4 girls between the ages of 15 and 19 are neither employed nor in education or training – compared to 1 in 10 boys.

⚡Some 1 in 20 girls between the ages of 15 and 19 – around 13 million – have experienced forced sex.

⚡Some 650 million girls and women around the world have been married as children.

⚡Over 200 million have undergone female genital mutilation.

UN TOWARDS GENDER EQUALITY

Gender Action Plan 2018-2021

The Gender Action Plan (GAP) 2018-2021 is UNICEF’s roadmap for promoting gender quality throughout its work, in alignment with the organization’s Strategic Plan (2018-2021) and support of its contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

DISCRIMINATION, BLESSING IN DISGUISE

Discrimination made women:

✨Enthusiastic, in discovering their actual strength.
✨Courageous, enough to corner the oppressors.
✨Righteous, in justifying their existence.

WHAT’S BACKING DISCRIMINATION?

Despite the immense hardships, we are not achieving the desired outcomes.

I. WRONG PERCEPTION- ‘Anti-men movement’

Mostly, it’s been presumed that ‘women’s rights are gained at the expense of men’s-IT’S WRONG

A recent WHO report comparing 41 European countries found that men’s health was poorer in more gender-unequal societies.

In more gender-equal societies men are half as likely to be depressed, less likely to commit suicide, have around a 40% smaller risk of dying a violent death.

II. UNDUE EXPECTATIONS- ‘Legal backing is sufficient’

People often believe that our society doesn’t have problems with these issues, as long as women have legal rights.

The legal establishment of these rights is not enough until there is:

⚡Societal prejudice
⚡Invalid expectations
⚡Demoralizing attitude

“Nothing will work unless you do” – Maya Angelou

III. CONVENIENCE- ‘Patriarchy’

Gender equality is somehow a social, cultural aspect.

Gender is a function of power relations between men and women where men are considered superior to women.

Instead of encouraging children to fight social inequality, society teaches a woman to make choices for herself –

“Where your emotions won’t distract you from your so-called duties.”

SOMETHING FROM DEEP INSIDE ME

Despite of being born equal, the discrimination women face on daily basis, can never be expressed in words. I can only say- it makes you feel helpless.

A woman would know the ground of discrimination anyhow, even know the solution somehow, but still fail to work out the desired conclusion.

We keep on saying, physical appearance doesn’t matter, but in this issue, when only physical appearance is the actual difference, does it so matter to cost a free soul?

I have gathered some of my scattered experiences, what however hit me after listening to countless gender discrimination examples and tried to jot it down in a kind of poetry, (if it seems so…) for those who think, a woman less than a man.

TODAY I ACCEPT- I’M DIFFERENT

If you call me a duty,
Then stop gawking at my beauty.

If you call me an affliction,
Then stop craving my affection.

Despite me being to you a complication,
You run your generation on my creation.

I’m a blessing, but not the one for you.
I’m a woman
and
I AM DIFFERENT

#21 FEMINISM- Let’s talk about her, CELEBRATING INTERNATION WOMEN’S DAY, 2021, with 21 matter series

FEMINISM

In the mid-1800s the term “feminism” was used to refer to “the qualities of females”.

After the First International Women’s Conference in Paris in 1892 the term, following the French term féministe, was used regularly in English for,

‘a belief in and advocacy of equal rights for women based on the idea of the equality of the sexes.’

CONCEPT OF FEMINISM

I.NORMATIVE PERSPECTIVE

Men and women are entitled to equal rights and respect.

II. DESCRIPTIVE PERSPECTIVE

Women are currently disadvantaged concerning rights and respect, compared with men […in such and such respects and due to such and such conditions…].

Together the normative and descriptive claims provide reasons for working to change the way things are.

MYTHS OF BEING A FEMINIST?

I. GIRLIE THING

Feminism doesn’t just liberate women; it also liberates men by breaking down the standards that society has put in place for both women and men.

Men are taught in this patriarchal society to be strong, emotionless leaders, and to never, this is the root cause of why-

‘Men fail to express their emotions’

Feminism says that it’s okay for men to show weakness, be followers, and show their emotions.

II. ANTI-MEN, RIGHT?- wrong

Thinking of that word, the first thing that comes to most people’s minds is “anti-men.”

Most people believe that the term feminism or feminist is a movement made to tear down men and the patriarchy that has been embedded in our culture for a long time.

Feminism is the advancement of women’s rights and equality of the sexes.

HOW MUCH OF A FEMINIST ARE YOU?– Check

✨How do you feel to see a woman as a leader?
✨Do you call a practical woman, emotionless?
✨Do you raise your eyebrows, seeing a man doing any household task?
✨Do ‘women empowerment’ seems propaganda to you?
✨How comfortable you feel to expect a woman to seek permission from you?

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE A FEMINIST?

I. BREAK MENSTRUATION TABOO

India needs feminism because we have slandered the purity of something as natural as menstruation and turned it into something ‘unmentionable’.

Due to the stigma attached to it, there is a lack of awareness about the methods of menstrual protection.

Data suggests that about:

⚡46℅ of women do not use hygienic methods of menstrual protection and
⚡36℅ feel uncomfortable in buying them with other customers around.

II. EDGE STEREOTYPES ABOUT GENDER ROLES

Stereotyping in family roles includes, how-

⚡men are expected to be the sole breadwinners of a family and
⚡females are presumed to single-handedly take up the responsibilities of managing the home.

III. TARNISH THE RULE BOOK FOR WOMEN

From birth, there is a perfect girl picture, which is implied to be followed to become a ‘WOMAN”.

The rule book for ladies inculcate:

⚡Converse softly
⚡Wander properly
⚡Settle obediently
⚡No arguments
⚡Raise generosity

The issue is not that, why a woman is told to follow such a rule book, but the issue is-

‘why anyone is expected to follow any rule book?’

IT DOESN’T TAKE MUCH TO BE A FEMINIST, JUST RESPECT OTHER PERSON’S EXISTENCE AS WELL, ALONG WITH YOURS.