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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.

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  • 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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  • 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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Former President of Ireland and former High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson speaks during a meeting at Associated Press headquarters, in New York, May 8, 2017.
Former President of Ireland and former High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson speaks during a meeting at Associated Press headquarters, in New York, May 8, 2017. VOA

Women must be at the heart of climate action if the world is to limit the deadly impact of disasters such as floods, former Irish president and U.N. rights commissioner Mary Robinson said on Monday.

Robinson, also a former U.N. climate envoy, said women were most adversely affected by disasters and yet are rarely “put front and center” of efforts to protect the most vulnerable.

“Climate change is a man-made problem and must have a feminist solution,” she said at a meeting of climate experts at London’s Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Entrepreneurship.

“Feminism doesn’t mean excluding men, it’s about being more inclusive of women and – in this case – acknowledging the role they can play in tackling climate change.”

Research has shown that women’s vulnerabilities are exposed during the chaos of cyclones, earthquakes and floods, according to the British think-tank Overseas Development Institute.

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The lack of access to financial resources can hamper their ability to cope with extreme weather, she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on the sidelines of the event.

“Women all over the world are … on the front lines of the fall-out from climate change and therefore on the forefront of climate action,” said Natalie Samarasinghe, executive director of Britain’s United Nations Association.

“What we — the international community — need to do is talk to them, learn from them and support them in scaling up what they know works best in their communities,” she said at the meeting.

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Robinson served as Irish president from 1990-1997 before taking over as the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, and now leads a foundation devoted to climate justice. (VOA)