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‘Gender equality still a distant dream'

R.Krishnamoorthy
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Educated women denied or not permitted to take up jobs

setting an example: Najmudeen and Dhawood Beevi receiving the Promising Couple Award from the Principal of Crea Matriculation School, Christie Subathra, during the International Working Women's Day observance by People's Development Initiatives in the city on Tuesday.
setting an example: Najmudeen and Dhawood Beevi receiving the Promising Couple Award from the Principal of Crea Matriculation School, Christie Subathra, during the International Working Women's Day observance by People's Development Initiatives in the city on Tuesday.

Observance of the 100 {+t} {+h} International Working Women's Day by the People's Development Initiatives (PDI) with a rally and a meeting on Tuesday also turned out to be an occasion for introspection into gender perspectives.

Despite the progress women have made owing to education, employment, and participation in decision-making, 50 per cent of their ilk was still illiterate. Also educated women are either denied or not permitted to take up jobs in society's prevailing scenario, speakers at the meting lamented.

Educational opportunities must be provided to women on an even keel, and those who are denied education must be enabled to undergo skill orientation as per their aptitude, N. Manimekalai, Director and Head, Department of Women's Studies, Bharathidasan University, emphasised.

There were still issues of poverty, early marriage, early pregnancy, dowry deaths, lack of safety net in the informal sector, child labour and social taboos and myths on the role of women, she said delivering a talk on ‘Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women'.

Exhorting participants to be rational and sensitive to political and socio-cultural norms that push women to a secondary status, she felt that while there are several affirmative actions like concessions in school fees, noon meal, free uniforms, and other schemes and scholarships to promote education of girl child, the gender stereotype in the school learning content, media, religion and community was quite conspicuous to go unnoticed. There was a need to sensitise people to break the gender stereotypes collectively. It was possible through exposure to role reversals in family system.

The Principal of Crea Matriculation School Christie Subhadra was of the view that crimes against women had assumed worrisome proportions. She was certain that the society will progress only when women can lead lives with freedom and self-respect.

Depiction of atrocities faced by women at home and workplaces through the prism of tradition reinforces their insubordination in the society, Ms. Subhadra said, wondering why there should be double standard in the treatment of widows and widowers.

Alongside working for economic empowerment, women should take collective action to eliminate gender discriminatory practices, she said.

I. Ambalavanan, Secretary,PDI, described the objective of Men for gender Equality Clubs and the Gender Volunteer Clubs.

The PDI awarded families respecting gender equality and also women self-help groups for best performance.

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