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Gender Equality: When will women be treated on par with men?

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By Shriya Katoch

Equality of the sexes has become a far fetched concept . All over the world women are expected to be the epitome of perfection. However we are the same as men ,facing the same trials of life ,yet we are expected to adopt holier than thou attitude .

Why the hypocrisy?
Why are we expected to fulfill such unachievable standards ?
We have the right to make the same mistakes as men .
We have the right to make decision about our own body .
We have the right to the same respect as men .

Yet we are denied all that. According to UN ,it will take 75 years before women can be expected to be payed the same as men for the same work.15.5 million girls will be married in the next 16 years as children  and it will take us 70 years before all rural african girls can have secondary education.

As light over the recently celebrated women’s day fades, the gender disparity is still visible . Women empowerment is a critical aspect of gender equality.It consists of uplifting women and providing them with the same social ,economic and political freedom that men enjoy . To this date no country in the world can say that they have achieved gender egalitarianism.
Somehow gender equality in today’s world is considered as a women’s issue , and the women associated with it are coined as feminists .They are conceived to be aggressive,isolating and even unattractive. People are choosing not to identify themselves as feminists in the danger of sounding unattractive .

However the sad reality is that gender equality is not a women’s issue , it involves men too. It is the relationship between them .Men and women together are imprisoned by social restrictions. If men are not compelled to dominate to be accepted , women inturn won’t be compelled to submit.

Men are made insecure by a distorted sense of what constitutes male progress . We don’t see this but men don’t have the benefit of gender equality either.It is time that gender equality becomes a man’s issue as well.It is time we view feminism as humanism .
It is time that both men and women feel free to be sensitive as well as strong ,without being judged.As said by UN Goodwilll Ambassador “It is time we start viewing gender as a spectrum rather than two sets of opposing ideals.”

Often we hear chauvinistic statements made by men and women alike .Unfettered statements like “man up” or “stop crying like a girl ” abets acts of sexism .

These statements are engrained in our minds and we don’t realize that we have inadvertently become sexists. Gender sensitization can be a solution to all and hopefully we will be growing towards a society where men and women alike are not bounded by societal restrictions and are free to live life in their own terms.

Shriya Katoch multitasks as an Engineering student , an avid reader ,a guitar player and a death note fan.

  • Ria Katoch

    Its soo true. Being branded as feminist does bring down the attractive quotient in man’s eyes thus making a woman reluctant about coming out as one.

  • Arpit Gupta

    I think, talking about gender discrimination is not wrong but no one can blame only men for this. If we are in a condition where we need to make people’s conscience awake so that we can give women, the rights which are already with men, then it’s the time for women to begin with the revolution. If women need the change, they will have to change their attitude first.

    • Shriya Katoch

      We are not playing the blame game here . I talked about how men and women alike are imprisoned by restrictions . I think you are completely wrong about how women alone need to start a revolution to have equal rights and how they need to change their “attitude”. i would suggest you to read the article and again and think more deeply on the issue.

  • Ria Katoch

    Its soo true. Being branded as feminist does bring down the attractive quotient in man’s eyes thus making a woman reluctant about coming out as one.

  • Arpit Gupta

    I think, talking about gender discrimination is not wrong but no one can blame only men for this. If we are in a condition where we need to make people’s conscience awake so that we can give women, the rights which are already with men, then it’s the time for women to begin with the revolution. If women need the change, they will have to change their attitude first.

    • Shriya Katoch

      We are not playing the blame game here . I talked about how men and women alike are imprisoned by restrictions . I think you are completely wrong about how women alone need to start a revolution to have equal rights and how they need to change their “attitude”. i would suggest you to read the article and again and think more deeply on the issue.

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GES 2017 : Ivanka Trump in Hyderabad charms the women centric Global Entrepreneurship Summit co-hosted by India and United States

Being invited by Prime Minister Modi, Ivanka Trump is in Hyderabad for GES 2017. The event is focused on women entrepreneurs from all across the globe, this is the first time GES is being held in South Asian country

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Ivanka Trump in Hyderabad (VOA)
  • Praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi at GES 2017, Ivanka Trump said,”from your childhood selling tea to becoming PM, you’ve proven that transformational change is possible.”

  • Prime Minister Modi emphasising on bilateral relations said,”the GES 2017 event not only connects the Silicon Valley with Hyderabad but also showcases the close ties between the US and India.”

Ivanka Trump, daughter and adviser to US President Donald Trump arrived Hyderabad to attend Global Entrepreneurship Summit, GES 2017 co-hosted by India and the United States. The three-day summit, from November 28-30, is being held at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC) and Hyderabad International Trade Expositions (Hitex).

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Ivanka Trump, daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks during the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (VOA)

Ms Ivanka Trump is leading a delegation of senior White House officials and American entrepreneurs. The theme of this year’s summit is ‘Women First, Prosperity for All’ and will include 1,200 young entrepreneurs from different parts of the world, mostly women.

“I encourage everyone here to come together, learn from each other and find new ways to lift barriers in our society so that women are free to innovate, empowered to succeed and able to leave our children a brighter future,” Ivanka Trump told delegates in the event’s opening speech Tuesday.

Ivanka’s appearance with Modi at the opening of GES 2017 was preceded by a bilateral meeting which the Prime Minister Modi described as “wonderful”, before they went out to meet entrepreneurs who showcased their work for presentation. Being women centric event, two of the India’s most powerful women External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and Defense minister Nirmala Sitharaman were also present.

GES 2017 : Ivanka Trump in India
Ivanka Trump with Prime Minister Modi (Narendra Modi Twitter)

The summit began with cultural events showcasing India’s rich culture. This year’s summit theme clearly demonstrated the commitment of the India and United states to the principle that when women are economically empowered, their communities and countries thrive. India is one of the country where women are at highest pedestals in social and professional life.

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Ivanka also gave credit to the Modi government for lifting 130 million people out of poverty. “Women still face steep obstacles in starting, owning and growing their businesses. We must ensure women entrepreneurs have access to capital, access to networks and mentors,” Ivanka said to loud cheers from a packed enthusiastic audience.

Ivanka’s visit also affirms that the Trump administration sees India as a major strategic partner in south asia and wants to engage with India more. Growing trade and business between India and United States sends a strong signal to the world.

by SHAURYA RITWIK, Shaurya is Sub-Editor at NewsGram and writes on Geo-politcs, Culture, Indology and Business. Twitter Handle – @shauryaritwik

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‘It is time to see the world through a Feminist Gaze’, says Shabana Azmi

Jio MAMI hosted a brunch to discuss and inspire women equality and quality films, which was graced by Manisha Koirala, Shabana Azmi, Kiran Rao, Anupama Chopra, Sayani Gupta, Kriti Sanon, Neha Dhupia and many more

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Shabana Azmi. Wikimedia

Mumbai, October 17, 2017: Veteran actress Shabana Azmi on Monday said it is the time people started seeing the world through a “feminine gaze”.

The pro-equality actress was speaking at “#F for Freedom MAMI” segment of Jio MAMI 19th Mumbai Film Festival.

“I am very delighted that MAMI this year is concentrating on making women’s work more visible. I think it is high time that we started to see the world through feminine gaze,” she said.

Jio MAMI hosted a brunch to discuss and inspire women equality and quality films, which was graced by Manisha Koirala, Shabana Azmi, Kiran Rao, Anupama Chopra, Sayani Gupta, Kriti Sanon, Neha Dhupia and many more.

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Manisha Koirala, who has been vocal about gender equality, said she was happy that JIO MAMI is recognizing women’s contribution.

“Tumhari Sulu” actress Neha Dhupia said that things aren’t changing but with a little initiative, things will change in coming times. “Just because there is a women-centric film after 30-40 others release, everyone feels that things are changing but they are not changing just yet.”

Kiran Rao, the lady behind the initiative, expressed that main objective was to inspire women and get them in mainstream cinema, either in front or behind.

“The initiative was started two years ago, to inspire females to be part of the film industry, not just tell their stories. We want females to join film industry as writers, actors, technicians, creative arts and camera persons as this will improve the condition of women,” said Kiran.

Film critic Anupama Chopra said that the issue of equality in the film was not just limited to Bollywood, “it is rampant everywhere”. (IANS)

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UN Brings the World Together to Fight Violence Against Women and Girls; 1 in Every 3 Women Currently Face Gender-based Oppression Globally

A third of all women experience violence at some point in their lives, and that figure is twice as high in some countries, according to the United Nations

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Head of U.N. Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka speaks on stage at WE Day U.N. at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, in New York City (VOA)

United Nations, September 21, 2017 : World leaders meeting at the United Nations on Wednesday launched a half-billion-dollar effort to end violence against women and girls, a crime suffered by 1 in 3 in their lifetimes.

The effort will fund anti-violence programs that promote prevention, bolster government policies and provide women and girls with improved access to services”, organizers said.

It will take particular aim at all categories of violence against women- human trafficking, femicide and family violence.

A third of all women experience violence at some point in their lives, and that figure is twice as high in some countries, according to the United Nations.

“Gender-based violence is the most dehumanizing form of gender oppression. It exists in every society, in every country rich and poor, in every religion and in every culture,” Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, head of U.N. Women, said as the United Nations held its annual General Assembly.

“If there was anything that was ever universal, it is gender inequality and the violence that it breeds against women,” she said.

In other forms of violence against women and girls, more than 700 million women worldwide were married before they were 18, and at least 200 million women and girls have undergone female genital mutilation in 30 countries, according to U.N. figures.

The initiative of 500 million euros (US$595 million) was launched by the U.N. and the European Union, which is its main contributor, organizers said.

“The initiative has great power,” said Ashley Judd, a Hollywood actress and goodwill ambassador for the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) who participated in Wednesday’s announcement.

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“There are already so many effective, research-based, data-driven programs,” Judd told the Thomson Reuters Foundation ahead of the announcement. “Financing for existing programs is a beautiful thing.

“It also makes an incredibly powerful statement to show that the world is increasingly cohesive around stopping gender-based violence,” she said. (VOA)