Education

Empowering the girl child

The world celebrated another International Day of the Girl Child on October 11. Even as women have made significant advancements in various fields and contributed to social development, discrimination based on gender continues to be a sad reality. How do students view this?

Abhya Sharma

II year, BA, MA- Clinical psychology, Amity University, NOIDA

In my opinion, when we educate a girl, we are not just educating her, but also the children that she will be a mother to, who in turn will educate their families.

Our nation can never progress until both the genders are provided with adequate education and opportunities.

We must target the mindset of the society so that they really understand the importance of treating men and women equally. Only then will we see concrete and long-lasting changes.

Ria Master

II year, Bachelor of Arts, Jai Hind College, Mumbai

Discrimination based on sex is so deeply rooted in our society that no amount of movements or resources could change this mentality. The only way anything could possibly change is by constantly teaching and being a model to the kids for generations that there is no real difference between male and female and this equality needs to start from home in all aspects.

Shivani Singh

II year, EEE, BITS Pilani

With gender inequality, girls feel slighted; that makes them question themselves, their ideas and opinions. It becomes ingrained in their heads that men know what’s best. It comes to a point where they can’t think and decide for themselves, creating a weak personality. Environment and education help girls gain some much-needed perspective. Educated women often have better analytical thinking abilities and contribute more actively to the society.

Vishika Ranawat

I year, All India Institute of Hotel Management, Chandigarh

The fact that we still have to think of girl empowerment as a separate issue, highlights the plight of girls in today’s world. Equal gender and education rights still look like a far-fetched idea. This is because of the internalised notion that girls are ‘paraya dhan’ and therefore have to be disposed of for marriage, making it a bad investment for their parents. So, the first step should be to create awareness about the importance of empowerment of the girl child.

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