My Vision of a Gender Neutral World

Sushmita Das
Posted April 28, 2021 from India
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"Change begins when society keeps the women at the heart of it"

Namaste, I Sushmita Das belong to a country where we are taught to worship women as we consider that women are the incarnation of the Goddess. Regrettably many have become ignorant of the fact that they must respect women, they must give them equal rights and opportunities so that they can live a life with dignity.

 

Now when I'm given the opportunity by the World Pulse to shout my vision of a better and more gender-neutral world, then I would love to share my thoughts of an extremely beautiful world post-pandemic.

This pandemic has taught us many lessons regarding our personal as well as professional lives.

Before I begin with my vision of a better world, I would like to share my experience and lessons that I learned from the 2020 lockdown, although I'm still learning some more things during this second wave of the pandemic in my country India, yet I would like to let the world know what we can change post-pandemic and what my learnings are from the pandemic!

 

My Vision of Post Pandemic World

1.Work-Life Balance

We need a more flexible environment and work culture which include giving women the flexibility to work and look after their personal lives. 

During the pandemic, women have suffered the most juggling in between their families and professional lives. Just sharing an incident of one of my colleagues who is a mother of a one-year-old baby faced a major challenge in keeping the right balance between her personal and professional life. 

I know many working women who had to face a salary cut as they were not able to devote their time maximum to their work.

2. Fair Pay for Women

  1. The marketplace needs to place career value on work skills and talents learners at homes and in the community.
  2. Women must be included in more leadership and advocacy roles. These are the real skills that women must learn and practice. Why only men have such roles to play when women can also do the same tasks with better efficiency?
  3. Women must be equally paid. Such gaps must be closed. The important roles played by women such as caregivers, teaching, nursing, and women at frontlines must be compensated in accordance with their real value to the economy.

3.Eradicating the Stereotypes and Societal Norms

Our society needs to stop stereotyping and change the norms which hinder the progress of women. 

Many women step back from taking up the profession they desire to own as a career because of the thought-"what society will think or say if I choose this as a career"!

It is perceived by society that household chores are meant to be performed by women only. And this pandemic has taught us no work should be stereotyped, if men share the burden of women within a household, the work-life balance can easily be created with ease.

4.Women in Power Sharing and Decision-making Process

I envision a world where more women come in front to voice their opinions out. Train the women to take part in the political and economic development of a nation. 

We need more women leaders like Kamala Harris, who can lead the world with their intellect and a better vision for the welfare of all. Women leaders like Kamala Harris the Vice President of the United States, Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern the 40th Prime Minister of New Zealand are the most inspiring examples of women in leadership roles.

Women are known for their kindness and empathy, therefore when more women will come into the decision-making process, I'm sure that this world will become a more kind and empathetic place for everyone to thrive in.

5.Safer Cities for Women all around the World

When it comes to the safety of women, we all know what the current situation is! No one in my country or probably anywhere around the world except for a few places will dare to step out alone at midnight or before!!! 

You know why? Because we women are afraid of the monsters who aren't the real ghosts rather the humans who look for prey and for a few of the men, who don't have control over their libidos, target the women to keep the hold on when they find a woman alone! 

There are many Nirbhaya in our society who lost their lives whenever they tried to step out alone at night.

Cases of street harassment have shaken the conference of women to walk boldly in the streets without having taken alternative routes to avoid the incidents of harassment.

Therefore I'm aspiring for a world, where women can walk with confidence, through whichever way they want to cross over, and at whatever time they want to travel, be it late at night or early in the morning, our streets need to be safe.

Men shouldn't behave like predators at night or day, rather guide them through the way with empathy and generosity.

 

6.Educated Girl turning out to be a Confident Woman

I believe in educating young girls. Due to this unprecedented pandemic, many young girls had to give up their education either due to the loss of their parents' job or the burden on their shoulders to look after the younger siblings.

The issues of child marriage have abstained my girls from attaining higher education. The Asian and African countries are the worst affected due to the pandemic COVID-19, where a lot of girls couldn't finish their education.

Imagine a situation wherein they would have acquired a good education and turned out to be economically independent women!

Sadly it will not happen anymore!

But we change-makers can make this possible by educating more girls, by providing them the necessary training, and enrolling them into many skill development programs.

I aspire for a world where girls have as equal opportunity as boys have these days.

 

To conclude-

I want this world to be filled with Gratitude!

Gratitude for what we have, who we have and who we are! 

I want every young girl to know her fundamental rights and stand for them if anyone tried violating those rights!

I want every woman to be economically independent!

I want every woman to emerge as a great leader in her life!

I want every woman to speak her opinion out!

I want every woman who faces violence, to teach a lesson to the perpetrator who tried threatening her dignity!

 

Thank you

Namaste!

-Sushmita Das

This story was submitted in response to #ShoutYourVision.

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kimberlr
Apr 28
Apr 28

Your vision of the world is a beautiful place!

Sushmita Das
Apr 28
Apr 28

Thank you :)

Corine Milano
Apr 28
Apr 28

I love your vision for a better world, Sushmita!

Sushmita Das
Apr 28
Apr 28

I wish we all could create such World <3

SWagner
Apr 29
Apr 29

I love your vision and hope that many can become reality for women across the globe! Keep putting your positive thoughts and energy into the world!

Sushmita Das
Apr 29
Apr 29

Thank you so much for your powerful words.
Even I'm optimistic about these visions, and I believe we can make this happen.

itsjessde
Apr 29
Apr 29

Love this vision. Now let's work together to make this happen!

Sushmita Das
Apr 29
Apr 29

Yes, dear sister.
World Pulse has provided us the platform to bring in such works that bring in the change and motivate one another to work towards a better world.

Tamarack Verrall
Apr 29
Apr 29

Shushmita, dear Sister,
This is the call we need to ring out everywhere, with all of our voices. You have put into words what we are working for all together here, within World Pulse. Your call is the call not for yet another false promise from our governments. It is a call with the strength to undo the lie we have been told, that "this is the way it is supposed to be". I love that you call in the Goddesses, whose power and meaning also have been largely hidden from us. Your whole story is the proclamation that the world needs. Linking arms across the world.
Deep sisterhood love,
Tam

Sushmita Das
Apr 30
Apr 30

Tam, I really appreciate your words. You always inspire me with your powerful words. And again, you showed me the path towards bettered and hope
Thank you for your empowering words. And yes, you very rightly said, that we all are here with the common motive and we shall achieve it sooner than later.
Thank you once again dear sister Tam.
Kind regards<3

rebecca.tang
Apr 29
Apr 29

Thank you for sharing. You vision is very inspiring. There is still a long way to go to achieve your visions. Let's work hand in hand together to improve the situation.
Stay Safe! May Almighty God bless you!

Sushmita Das
Apr 30
Apr 30

Yes, dear, we have to walk a very long to accomplish such goals of gender neutrality.
I'm hopeful that together we can surely achieve what we aspire!

Cgbidi
Apr 30
Apr 30

Great vision, we all can work in our communities to do everything they possib

Sushmita Das
Apr 30
Apr 30

Yes dear sis, we all are striving for it and one day we shall achieve our goal.

Mariaolsen49
Apr 30
Apr 30

I share your dream!

Sushmita Das
Apr 30
Apr 30

So glad to hear that :)

Shelby Bennett
Apr 30
Apr 30

It is so true that the pandemic has shown us just how much women are carrying on their shoulders. Although it has been difficult for many, I admire your positive vision for the future!

Sushmita Das
Apr 30
Apr 30

Thank you so very much for your admiration sis
Women during this pandemic are overburdened and a very few male counterparts are sharing the care.

Delphinson
Apr 30
Apr 30

We do agree with all you consider as fundamentals visions, we share , we comment we discuss but the problem we will always face is the largest number of wemen has not studied.
we cannot succeed while women still be uneducated

Sushmita Das
Apr 30
Apr 30

Yes, I am agree with you.
Women need to be educated and encouraged.
Lets focus on women's education.

jpalapuz
Apr 30
Apr 30

Thank you for sharing your vision, Sushmita!

Sushmita Das
Apr 30
Apr 30

Most welcome

Sushmita Das
May 01
May 01

It's my honor to share my vision with the fellow sisters

srivarsha.gorge
Apr 30
Apr 30

Very inspiring vision Sushmita! growing up in India I share every single thought you put out here. Thank you for sharing and spreading positive energies!

Sushmita Das
May 01
May 01

Thank you for hearing me sis Srivarsha. <3
You know the situation well that we all are still fighting for our rights, and trying hard to defeat the patriarchy.

Nari
May 01
May 01

Thank you for sharing your story, it was truly inspiring.

Sushmita Das
May 01
May 01

Thank you for your encouraging words:))

Adriana Leigh G.
May 02
May 02

Sushmita a big YES to all this, I shout your vision alongside you! What I love about your story is so clearly naming some of the key areas that need to change for our better world - and list these interconnected areas, in particular changing gender norms + work life balance, equal pay, education of girls and eradication of GBV and harmful practices, including child marriage - in ways that are so succinct and educational. The way you listed them helps to reflect on and make the links in a way I know will educate others on what the key issues are and what needs to happen to create the world we envision. Together we walk with you Suhshmita.

Hugs from Montreal, Canada,
Adriana

Sushmita Das
May 02
May 02

Dear Adriana, thank you so very much for such kind and powerful words.
I sincerely appreciate all your words. Thank you for being with visions and yes together we can make all these things happen.

Love and regards<3

Adriana Leigh G.
May 04
May 04

Hi Sushmita, big love and regards to you today too!
Adriana

Susu Mohamed
May 04
May 04

Dear Sushmita,
unstoppable vision that you have, you will impact the world.
best regards,
susu

Sushmita Das
May 04
May 04

Wow! Thank you so much for believing in me
I truly appreciate your words of encouragement
Thank you very much Susu
Love and regards
Sushmita

MUKABA ZAWADI
May 05
May 05

Merci pour le partage. Votre vision est adorable

May 05
May 05
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Sushmita Das
May 05
May 05

Merci pour votre appr├ęciation<3

charlenegailtaruwona

Dear Sushmita,
I love your vision. I believe that we can do this.... no matter how long it takes!

Sushmita Das
May 06
May 06

Yes, Charlenegailtaruwona together we can, and I'm sure we will achieve these visions, one day!

May 25
May 25
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Phinnie
Sep 24
Sep 24

Sushmita-- What a powerful vision you have for women and girls everywhere! I love how specific you are about each of your vision points! It is so encouraging that you talk about what you want and envision for all girls and women!