From the day she is born, there is always a male in a woman’s life starting with the father, followed by the brother, cousins, uncle to later on to husband and in-laws ending with the son and the son-in-law. They only decide how she will dress, what she will eat, where she will go and with whom and what not. The issue that a man is the owner of a woman’s life is very old. The discrimination generated from this behaviour is also very old. This problem is not only limited to India but is all around the globe. One of the potential solutions for this problem can be women empowerment, as with having life under her own control, she does not have to follow the men’s way of life.
Women empowerment actually means the creation of an environment for women where they can make decisions of their own for their personal life as well as for the society in general. It will be a place where women will have a say in the decision-making and would be an important part of the process. So just educating them and letting them go out of the house to work is not empowerment in real sense until they are allowed to take their life’s decision on their own and live their lives on their own terms.
The concept of equality is not that much visible in reality in as it is in writing. Former Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru ones said that “You can tell the condition of a nation by looking at the status of its women,” which is true to a great extent when we look at our own nation. Despite the fact that women are biologically superior to men, she still needs to fight for the rights because she was always deprived of them.
For centuries, women have been dominated and discriminated by the men. Throughout the world, they are the target of numerous violence and discriminatory done by men with no difference in India and its cities.
There are a lot of steps taken by the Indian as well as the state government for the women empowerment but they are of not much use until the society in general and women herself decides to change and bring the change. The sole idea of going out and work is not a complete change in itself if we cannot guarantee them a space which is safe and protected.
Giving protection does not mean that there will be police with them or a group will walk with her to ensure protection, but rather a confidence that she will be safe even if she has to return home little late. This cannot be promised by the government and authorities alone until the society brings change in it.
The sole idea of education is of no use until that education is able to bring any change in her lifestyle. The country is flooded with ladies who although are highly educated but are forced to perform the gender role, for which they even, have to drop their career.
Gender inequality is one of the main reasons why a lady in our country is powerless. It is only because of the deep-rootedness of the gender inequality that people feel it is not important for a lady to have an identity of her own. It is high time that the step taken for the empowerment of the ladies in the country is done at the full speed and with utmost priority. Inequality also increases the irritation at workplace and home and reduces the productivity.
The first step towards the empowerment from the equality angle should be the awareness about the rights a woman have. If she is not aware of the rights she has, she cannot take stand for it. They should also have an equal say in the decision-making. The steps taken towards women empowerment can help the country and the world grow more as an equal place for all with equal rights.
Whenever given a chance, women have proved their potential be it in education, politics, entertainment or sports. Whatever happened last year in sports and in entertainment section is just an example from the work ladies are doing throughout the country.
Priyanka Chopra became the first India actor to have a lead role in an international television show. She also became the first Indian to get an opportunity to present an Oscar at the 88th Academy Awards this year. Not only this, she also became the first woman in India and also the first South Asian actress to received the People’s Choice Award for Favourite Actress In A New TV Series for her role in Quantico.
However, in sports, last year was solely dominated by ladies. Shuttler P V Sindhu became the country’s first-ever woman silver medal winner in the Rio Olympic Games in August this year. She also became the fourth Indian to win a silver at the Olympics after shooters Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (2004, Athens) and Vijay Kumar (2012, London) and wrestler Sushil Kumar (2012, London). She is one of the two Indian badminton players to ever win an Olympic medal – other being Saina Nehwal.
Sakshi Malik too became part of the first woman list by becoming the first woman wrestler from India to bag an Olympic medal and only fourth female athlete from the country to climb to the podium at the biggest sporting event in the world with a bronze medal finish at the Rio Games.
The 23-year-old from Haryana, a silver medallist at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and bronze winner at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, earned a dramatic come-from-behind win over Kyrgysztan’s Aisuluu Tynybekova to script history.
Tripura girl, Dipa Karmarkar, also created history by becoming the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for Olympics. She also became first Indian gymnast to enter vault finals in the Olympics.
Young Indian golfer Aditi Ashok grabbed a piece of history for herself by becoming the first female Indian golfer to win a Ladies European Tour event.
The list does not stop here. Deepa Malik and Sania Mirza also made the world notice their achievements. Deepa became the first Indian woman athlete to win a medal at the Rio Paralympics. She won a silver medal in shot-put event. Sania retained her World number one rank in doubles in the WTA rankings in a gruelling 2016 season in which she won eight titles, including prestigious Australian Open with Swiss partner Martina Hingis. In 2017 she has her eyes set on completing a Career Slam in both mixed doubles and women’s doubles.
These are just a few examples from recent past where women have proved their talent and potential. The country is flooded with such talents and potential, all we have to do is little support and a space for them to come up.