Will Gender Inequality ever End?

Gross gender inequality still exists globally despite of substantial national and international measures that have been taken towards gender equality.

The degree and causes of gender inequality is different throughout the world. Noticeable crimes against women consist of violence, femicide and rape. Honor killing is also an add on to the list, where a female member of a family is killed for the perception of having brought dishonor to the family. It has become a massive issue in countries such as Pakistan and the Muslim Middle East too. Approximately 5,000 women in India suffer bride burning due to insufficient dowry payment!

 These actions are not only unlawful violence against women, but also towards the whole of humanity.

Sex-selective abortion is yet another major disaster of gender inequality as it fuels human trafficking and sexual exploitation. India and China, the two most populated nations on Earth, both informally maintain this practice of preference for male child birth over female. Females are undervalued and in Chinese society, under one child policy, families opt mostly for boys over girls. It is so evident in India that the birth of a boy is welcomed while that of a girl is viewed as a burden. Indubitably, sex-selection is a violation of the right to life and has distorted the natural sex ratios of 50/50 in countries in which it is practiced.

From an economic viewpoint, gender discrimination is also a major hinderance to growth as it prevents countries from reaching their maximum productivity potential. Although women constitute 40% of the global work force, there are still many who are unpaid family workers in the informal sector. Those who do work are generally paid much below that of male workers, despite being equally capable and skilled. Furthermore, their status and promotion is limited to middle or below ranks, they are laid off pre-retirement age more frequently than men, they have limited educational opportunity, and they typically run smaller farms and less profitable enterprises. Due to these obvious restrictions, many countries experience loss of productivity.

Where is the world going? Is feels hard to be a woman and live with liberty. Gender gap is only worsening and not becoming better.

The collaboration of local communities, institutions, national authorities and international bodies is essential to bring a change and promoting the value of women. They all must act hand in hand with respect to communication, education, leadership, and cultural norms and traditional values in order to shift the attitude and mindset of the population in favor of gender equality — respecting mothers, daughters, sisters who are equal partners in allways to men.

Are Women Safe in India?

The place we are we living in, is it safe for women? If it isn’t safe then who is responsible for it - The women or The Men?

Every year large number of rape cases are seen and heard. We as citizens of the country are ones to be blamed for it, as our silence has encouraged the culprits. Candle marches and protests after every rape-case will not change anything. It still gives the culprits a chance to move freely on the roads.

If serious steps and decisions were taken no pedophile /rapist would have mustered the courage to attack a woman. Where is our humanity? We react, discuss and then close the issue and blame the women for what happens with them. No corrective action is taken to stop such incidences.

Recently, a girl from Haryana was abducted from her house; she was raped and then left to die, with a wooden rod that was inserted in her private parts. The post-mortem confirms rape and torture, further telling that 16cm of the stick was found inside her- that damaged her uterus and intestines. According to the doctors, the victim died due to the torture perpetrated by inserting the wooden stick into her private parts.

The courage of the rapist would not have reached such heights if there were stringent laws passed against this crime. Can we blame this 6-year old child for this crime?

The Panchayats and the decision-making authorities do not take any action, that’s the reason these crimes are still on the go. Most of the cases are not reported, and those that are, the decision are pending for years and years and the culprits roam freely.

Who is supposed to act here?

India’s regressive attitude towards sexual violence came into headlines last year as the political establishment reacted to the news of Nirbhaya’s gang rape in the national capital. “Women should not go out alone late at night, “This was the final conclusion! The attitude of the police force was documented, when reporters recorded their conversations with thirty Delhi police officers who blamed women for being raped, naming “everything from fashionable or revealing clothes to having boyfriends to visiting pubs to consuming alcohol to working alongside men as the main reasons for instances of rape.” They had argued, for example, “in truth, the ones who complain are only those who have turned rape into a business.”

Rape culture and its tendency to blame victims did not come out of nowhere. Various legal systems have engaged in it for centuries.

Rape is incredibly common (about one in five women experience sexual assault), and false reports are rare (2 to 8 percent). Therefore, if a woman comes forward about being assaulted, she is probably telling the truth!

However, our tendency as a society is to assume the opposite — that any explanation other than rape, however implausible, must be the correct one. Did she willingly go? Was she literally unconscious? We often do not want to do the work of re-evaluating our personal heroes, of accepting that a powerful man, who is a pillar of the community, or a world-renowned artist, or even the leader of the free world, could secretly be a monster. It can be any person around you. You never know!

People do not believe victims of sexual assault because it's simply easier not to. Nevertheless, what is in the case of a 6-year old innocent? Is there anyone to fight back and take a major change? Do u think the rapist is still in any kind of fear?

Only if we as a collective society came to a better decision than not accepting the truth, or blaming the innocent, the brutality of such cases would not have gone so far.

Are You Being Bullied?

                                       Be wise & cautious enough to understand it, and act?

The feeling that one gets, the feel of the unwanted aggressive behaviour by somebody else. The feeling that you are being intimidated by something and then feeling depressed and lonely. Something that keeps on killing you inside but you are hard to react because somebody is stopping you. Feeling like you are being abused by someone more powerful than you. It can be a feeling while using the social media too! The feeling you get if you receive some threatening message directly or indirectly. Or if something on social media is causing distress and filling you with fear inside. Going more into deep, are you caught in the “bullying trap”? Do you think you are being bullied and harassed by somebody while surfing on social media?

Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp etc. And other social media sites can lead to cyber bullying. By posting unwanted pictures, trying to threaten someone etc.One has to be careful while making friends on social media. In addition, people need to understand that whom they connect with on social media is a reflection of them. If you are friends with someone on social media, you are basically saying that the person can be trusted. You’re sort of vouching for them, so to speak, by the connection you have made with them. If you don’t trust the person to be friends with your friends, don’t include them in your social network. And from another perspective, just because your friends are connected with someone online doesn’t mean that person has been fully vetted as trustworthy. Don’t fall into the trap of focusing so much on accumulating online contacts that you let your guard down and end up connecting with the wrong person. Your decisions can have consequences not just for you, but for others in your social network too.

According to survey 25% people undergo cyberbullying and if you think you are the part of this percentage, be cautious today itself. Choose the right thing and make your actions and decisions wise.

Bullying can be verbal too. Verbal harassment is the most in number.Survey states 79% of people undergo verbal harassment!

Saying something is very easy but the impact it can have on victim’s mind is beyond the thinking of many people. “Think twice before you speak”, your words can ruin an innocent person’s life. Sometimes, it can have so much effect on a person’s mind that he/she can act psychic or can bring it to death. All types of bullying are equally disastrous. Its only up to a person how he/she takes these things, understands it and acts or not. Stop hostility, intimidation, abuse, and bullying in school, in personal life, and in the workplace. Create bully-free relationships with spouses, partners, children, teens, friends, parents, bosses, co-workers and employees. Stop wishing for your problems to go away.  Instead, take effective action.