There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women. How can we even think of development when half of the world’s population is oppressed and is discriminated. From centuries women have been denied from their basic rights. As the society evolved laws were made on gender equality. We have made rules to protect women and to give them equal opportunities and importance in every day life. But have we changed the mentality of the people who thinks women to be inferior than men? The mentality which treats women like an object or an ornament to showcase?
The answer to this is “no”, we have not change our mindset on treating women with humanity. As the UN celebrates “International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women” on 25th November, here are some facts which will make us think about the kind of equality we share between the genders. One in three women in the world have experienced physical or sexual abuse. Worldwide, more than 700 million women living today were a victim of child marriage,amongst which 250 million girls were married before the age of 15.
Even in India the situation is bad as the rest of the world . According to a survey held in January 2011, on “the International Men and Gender Equality”, revealed that 65 percent of the men believe that women should tolerate violence. While 24 percent admitted that they have committed an act of violence against women at some point of life. It is this mentality which gives birth to incidents of domestic violence, sexual and physical abuse of women. Other incidents of violence like harassment, assault, and chain-snatching, etc are a day to day affair in the modern Indian society. Violence against women has grown to a great extent in India. Dowry deaths, murder, bride burning, etc are some of the harsh realities of our society.
UN has initiated a campaign named “Orange the world: End violence against women” to spread awareness on the increasing incidents of violence against women. Initiatives like these are admirable and necessary for sensitizing people and change their thought process which indulges exploitation of women. Violating the personal space of anyone is against human rights. If we want to make this world a better place to live in, then safety, security and empowerment of women should be our utmost priority.
By – Karan Pundir
Media and Communication Team | Fiinovation