Hi! I am from India. India is known for its diversity, though this diversity doesn’t limit itself only to topography, culture, people, and languages only; but India also has a stratified society based on caste, economic power, the level of education etc.; where powerful people have more say and opportunities than the rest. Since independence India has introduced many favourable policies to bridge this divide and to mitigate this discrimination although the divide still persists.
Among others, one of the major challenges acts as an impediment towards women’s empowerment is socially constructed gender role. Traditionally women are expected to take care of household responsibilities, and often that act as a hindrance towards their economic empowerment. When it comes to career choices women often decide on it keeping in mind their care responsibility. Moreover, because of son preferences; many families often neglect daughter’s education. Thus women often become the victim of situations and find it difficult to come out of that cycle, e.g. lack of economic independence often increases chance of facing domestic violence. Moreover, due to poor resilience power women often bear domestic violence. Even in cases of ‘violence against women’ due to fear of social stigmatization women often remain silent.
I strongly feel that to address gender equality first we need to identify context-specific causes and then suitable strategies may be designed to address those concerns. With that, we need to play the role of the socially responsible individual.
The internet offers plethora of opportunities. But to reap the benefit; accessibility to right technology, basic knowledge and necessary freedom are important. Hence, I personally thrust on the need of raising awareness and to reach the hardest to reach. I follow a collaborative approach with different bodies as it will help the partners to mutually share their resources and to depend on each other’s specialization. In any of my assignment, I try to incorporate a gender dimension as I believe it as a founding stone for a sustainable result oriented project.
To address various gender-based inequalities and related violence I have tried to promote the cause both online and offline. I have actively participated in different forums to promote the cause. In between I have written gender manual for two INGOs so that they can incorporate gender in every aspect of their project implementation. With that, I have actively involved myself with rights group to ensure women are getting right education from the very beginning and to promote importance of getting a conducive environment for their economic empowerment. In many cases of gender-based violence against women, I have helped the victims by linking them with appropriate bodies. While doing this I have tried to use all possible social media.
To strengthen my journey I look forward to increasing my network, to be connected with likeminded people so that together we can work at a larger platform.