| Opinion | 2 June 2017 | Asia Samachar |
By Taranjit Kaur
“You had a full time mother, but you are giving your child a part time mother. You are just greedy, that’s what you are.”
How was I entitled to such a remark, for all I said was Sat Sri Akal to an elderly uncleji serving me langgar. Dumbstruck I was. Little did I realise at that point that my gender warrants such a comment, regardless if it is the 21st century.
Today’s social evolvements encourage women empowerment. Today, women are being redefined as co-players in supporting the larger socioeconomic growth. Clearly evident are the intensifying discussions centred on inclusivity and diversity. Globally, policies are being formed and reformed, with the aim to create an environment where merit defines worth.
Simply said, women today are more than just CEOs of the domestic household. Unfortunately, societal tagging from a cultural standpoint define women as homemakers by default, denied the right to development.
Taking a step back, are we benefitting from these changes that strive to put females on the forefront? Perhaps, not entirely as the fundamental problem still lurks as in our culture, women should either talk about recipes, the best household cleaning material or children related affairs.
Simply said, there is a dire need for mindset change in how our culture perceive women. The social system must position women as co-partners of socioeconomic growth and this must take place at the grassroot levels.
It is not just a man’s world. Such cultural shift would somewhat wear off discrimination. Let’s instill in females that they too have potentials to change the world. Let’s push women to be more analytical by giving opportunities that promote self development. Much of this begins at home. It is time inclusivity takes centerstage, where males and females are put at par.
It is high time that in our culture, we begun to acknowledge and full-heartedly appreciate that women matter, and so does their strength, skills and intelligence! In turn, from a young age, equipping our females with the tenets of independence and confidence, instead of subjecting one to gender characterisation.
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