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Woman breaks age-old custom, offers prayers at Shani temple

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Ahmednagar:  A woman entered and offered prayers in the famous Shani temple at a village in Ahmednagar district to break the age-old custom of the prohibition of women entering the temple premises.

This defying act prompted temple authorities to suspend seven security personnel. Villagers resorted to carrying out the purification ceremonies for the temple. The whole temple was washed with milk.

On Saturday woman climbed on the ‘chouthara’ where the idol is placed and offered prayers before disappearing into the crowd leaving everyone awestruck.

A ‘bandh’ was observed by the villagers in the context of the incident. However, the woman received praise from different sections of the society for her act.

Congress MLA from Solapur, Praniti Shinde said that she should be felicitated for doing what she did.

The identity of the woman is still unknown, but she has definitely left a lot of people startled.

The lady is receiving praises from all sections, but it is also bit weird that no one ever had made any issue regarding such a dark-age custom.

The very fact that villagers washed the temple with milk proves that the custom is not going to end. This practice is not something new to Indian villages as it prevails in many temples across the nation.

Women activists across the country slammed this practice, but the question that should be asked is- how this temple and this prohibition on the entry of women were never talked about before. In the 21st century, such discriminatory customs practiced in our country is a disgrace.

While the government and the opposition are busy debating the ‘intolerance’ issue, this question needs to be asked how come this custom doesn’t get debated under the ambit of intolerance?

Apparently, the issues related to women are in waiting list. First, the government appears to solve its party issues which include how to win elections and then, if the need be, they would move on to the issues of minorities, corruption etc and, maybe in the absence of any other issue, they might feel like discussing these women-centric issues.

This leaves Indian women with only two options, one, wait for their turn or go out of their zone and replicate this woman who went and made a laugh out of this absurd custom.

The biggest impact of her act is that she successfully brought the issue in light and now it is up to authorities to do something about it. Today everyone is talking about it and yesterday people were not even aware of it.

This case should inspire everyone to break the rules that are not justified and redundant for a society claiming to become vishwaguru again.

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Gender Equality Charter Soon to be Launched in India

ECU and Indian National Science Academy collaborate to reduce the gender gap

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New Delhi, July 24, 2017: Women in STEMM India workshop which was held last year in November, was organized by the UK, Australian and Indian government highlighted the importance of promoting women in the field of science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) academic and professional endeavors.

It was observed in the workshop’s Summary Report that there is a very limited data available on the number of women working in STEMM in India. They also cited many reasons as to why there are so few of them working in these areas; a lack of role model in the family often acts as a demoralizing factor. When they do take part in the education programs in these fields, they are predominantly softer subjects or more suitable for women. While the so-called ‘hard’ science like- physics, observes a lack of participation from women.

Often the intensive coaching programs, which helps invigilate student’s preparations for qualifying admissions in these courses see a lack of participation from women, or are often made unavailable to them. If somehow they manage to enter employment in STEMM field their opportunities decline as they climb up the professional ladder, limiting their roles and responsibilities.

It was also observed in a keynote speech, that not only to women fall behind in numbers in STEMM but they’re equally invisible in other fields – be it for the lack of support system or be it the cultural boundaries. Many women after marriage end up being stay-at-home wives while the man of the house is ‘manned’ up for these jobs.

The report’s first recommendation was to create a proposal to extend the Athena SWAN charter framework in India to the Indian National Science Academy. Athena SWAN Charter was laid out by ECU which is headed in the UK.

The UK based Equality Challenge Unit laid out a proposal co-authored by Indian National Science Academy to bring their Athena SWAN charter in India; the charter was established in 2005 to promote women in higher education, research, and employment in STEMM. It was later extended to arts, humanities, social science, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. Universities are promoted to encourage a progress on equality and diversity, and the Athena SWAN charter recognizes their commitment to bringing this change by awarding them upon monitoring their progress and contribution.

Women in STEMM workshop was attended by ECU’s Athena SWAN manager, Dr Ruth Gillian, who said: ‘At the heart of ECU’s Athena SWAN charter is the advancement of gender equality for all, therefore I am pleased to see a commitment to promote and increase the participation and progression of women in STEMM careers by proposing the introduction of an Athena SWAN framework in India.’

‘ECU looks forward to partnering with the Indian Science Academies’ inter-academy panel to develop this proposal’, she added.

The report was concluded on the note that uniform data sources in STEMM and gender equality be identified in India, Australia, and the UK so that the issue can be reported systematically.

-Prepared by Nivedita Motwani of NewsGram. Twitter @Mind_Makeup


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