Focus on safe workplaces

The International Girl Child Day is observed on October 11. This year it addressed the issues of low employability and security in work spaces. Students comment.

October 28, 2018 05:00 pm | Updated 05:00 pm IST

Aditi Verma, Postgraduation, Business and Financial Journalism, Asian College of Journalism, Chennai

In the light of the raging #MeToo movement in India, the question of workplaces being safe for women becomes redundant as these are proving to be as unsafe as anywhere else. Women are not less employable; they are assumed incompetent until proven otherwise. Owing to this bias they are automatically assumed to be the inferior gender. Movements like #MeToo must continue to prove otherwise.

Himon Rupantor, II, M.A. Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University, Kolkata

Women have been perceived in such a way that it seems they have hardly any contribution to the economy and workforce. I agree with the positive essence of the feminist discourses and the call for women empowerment. The multi-layered power-play of patriarchy should be eradicated gradually through mass movements in society. In this situation, creating a safe workspace would be the first step towards empowerment.

Manish Kumar, III, B.Tech-CSE, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun

The paucity of female participation in the technical field has induced the notion that girls are not at par with boys in technical skill set. This situation is ubiquitous across the industry and impacts the growth of womem in the technical world. We need to provide a proper platform for their progress. This will enhance the overall participation and employability of women in the applied-science domain .

Ankur Singh Kapur, Final Year, M.Sc clinical psychology, CHRIST University, Bengaluru

Often, employers choose young men who can be made to work for long hours and without leave. They don’t want to invest in skill development, and safety at the work place is a low priority for them. This is why though women are more competent for the same job, they are not preferred in comparison to their male counterpart.

Employers use women’s safety as an excuse to deny them opportunities to work, reinforcing patriarchy.

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