Sikh women – know your rights

A group of Sikh lady lawyers from Ekta Club are working on a booklet on women's rights in Malaysia

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| Subang, Malaysia | 17 April 2017 | Asia Samachar |
STRIKING OUT: Ekta team (L-R) Harcharanjit Kaur (treasurer), Dr Kiranjit Kaur, Indergeet Kaur, Serjit Randhawa (assistant secretary), Mender Kaur, Kuldip Kaur (president) and Rani Gurmit (vice president) and Harbans Kaur – PHOTO / SUPPLIED

Know your rights. We have all heard that phrase many times over. But do you know yours?

This is what the newly formed EKTA Club is working on.

A group of lady Sikh lawyers are currently drafting a booklet on ‘Women’s Rights – from the Sikh Women’s Perspective” to shed some light on what their rights are.

“We intend to launch the booklet during this year’s Women’s Day in July,” EKTA Club of KL & Selangor president Kuldip Kaur Gill tells Asia Samachar.

The group of 10 lawyers are part of 45-member strong EKTA Club which was registered in December 2016.

The non-governmental organization (NGO) was set up to empower Sikh women and create awareness of women rights, for which three sub committees have since been set up. They are: life long learning led by Dr Saran Kaur; legal matters led by Kuldip herself, welfare and medical committee headed by Harbans Kaur.

Currently, Ekta is supporting a single mother who has three children.

“We are providing financial aid and supporting the children’s education and tuition fees,” says Kuldip, a practicing lawyer.

The other major factor that Kuldip feels strongly about is mental health as she felt the need to create awareness is so critical given the current challenges in our daily lives.

“We want to push this agenda through our gurdwaras,” she says.

The group meets every month to push ahead with its objectives.

 

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Well done.Long overdue.The passive bullying,belittling and suppression of womans existence was voiced by Guru Nanak ji.It forms one of the main pillars of sikhism,but culturally ingrained uneducated mentality within society has continued to dampen the role of women ,not only in Sikh society but generally.Such contravenes Sikh teachings.

    The position of women in India and most countries was pathetic and disgraceful.They were considered unclean and often evil.The Bachiter Natak represents this state very well, when the writer says that even the god of BN -mahkaal regretted having created the female.

    However following Guru Nanak’s bold call, and declaration ,the status of women was looked very favourably in Gurbani.But sadly , with infusion of un bani related influences, even many Sikh women have been relegated to live a life full of suppression and contolled by others, especially men.
    This need was long overdue, and is very timely to reassert the position should always be in, with respect and dignity, and rights.

    Interesting,how some cannot help giving snidy remarks,still,instead of welcomming the group,seeking betterment of womens condition in society.
    It will b helpful if the Ekta group sats up a facebook page etc and shares its contact details.

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