Tag: sexism

Men, We Need You

Men, We Need You

BY: Reenita V This one is not for the ladies. This one is written for the men… the men that we love and the men that love us. We ask that you to honor your love for us by helping to create a world where […]

Why Do We Need Feminism?

Why Do We Need Feminism?

By: Reenita V Patriarchy. It’s a word that is often thrown around in many cultures and quite often criticized. When people discuss current events or culture norms within the South Asian community and culture, patriarchy is a topic often discussed. So in order to determine […]

Women @ Work

Women @ Work

By: Saipriya V

The social status of women has undergone a considerable change worldwide. Though women these days are far more educated, financially independent and more aware of their legal rights, but still empowering and supporting women worldwide continues to be an uphill battle. This is due to the gender based discrimination, where women are discriminated on the basis of their gender and are not given equal opportunity in education, work, political and economic advancements. Gender-based discrimination is found throughout the world and women who perform the same tasks as men are often paid less and receive fewer benefits from their work. Even in developed countries like Canada, women earn less than men (3). Recent statistics shows that, for every $1 earned by a male worker, a female worker earns only 74 cents (5).
In South Asian culture, gender norms are highly prevalent and women often take responsibility for most home care and child rearing duties. Due to this attitude working women face more challenges than men. Though increasingly more and more women are contributing financially to their families, still household responsibilities such as cooking, cleaning, doing the dishes and childcare responsibilities are often on the women, this leaves woman to live under severe stress. A recent study shows that working women sleep less when compared to men, because of the added responsibilities and stress of running a household.
Similarly, at work environment women experience discrimination and harassment. Most often women were employed in lower income jobs experience sexual harassment (1,4). On the other hand women in a senior positions were often criticized and attributed to sexual favors, these psychological pressures influences and impedes women to progress in her work environment.
Due to the stigma attached to this treatment, most of the harassment and sexual abuse at work goes underreported. In order to ensure a safe working environment for women, we need effective participation of women in all political, social and work environment. Firm policies around gender equality and protection around harassment is essential to ensure safety of women at work. All the above our society needs a change in its mindset to ensure women to work with dignity and peace.

 

References:
1. Problems faced by Working Women. Siliconindia blogs
2. Tinker, I. (1990). Persistent inequalities: women and world development. Oxford University Press.
3. Gender discrimination in Canada. National Association of Japanese Canadians.
4. Dr. Dashora B,K (2013) . Problems faced by working women in India. International Journal of Advanced Research in Management and Social Sciences.
5. Gender Wage Gap.Pay Equity Commision (2012).
http://www.payequity.gov.on.ca/en/about/pubs/genderwage/wagegap.php

The Stigma of Single Motherhood

The Stigma of Single Motherhood

By: Saipriya V In our society being a single mother either a widow or divorced has to live with a huge stigma. “Single Mother”, just a thought about it raises a lot of questions in our society. A sudden death of the spouse or a […]

நிறம்

நிறம்

By: Saipriya V ஒரு பெண் ஏவ்வளவு படித்திருந்தாலும் எத்தனை பெரிய பதவியில் இருந்தாலும், திருமணம் என்று வரும் பொழுது அவளுடைய நிறமே முதன்மை படுத்தபடுகிறது. இது யாரோ ஒருவருக்கு எங்கோ நடக்கும் நிகழ்வு அல்ல. இது சராசரியாக எல்லா பெண்களும் நம் நாட்டில் எதிர்கொள்வது. ஒரு பெண்ணின் அழகு அவளின் நிறத்தை பொருத்தே மதிப்பிடபடுகிறது. சிகப்பான பெண் அழகாகவும், கருப்பான பெண் […]

She Has No Choice?!

She Has No Choice?!

By: Saipriya V

Sterilization  is a common procedure used to terminate fertility . The two most common procedures include tubectomy in women and vasectomy in men.  Though the male sterilization procedure is medically less complicated, globally  2.5 to 4 times women are sterilized than men (1).

In India, since late 1990’s health care system targets women  for the family planning programs (2). For women, especially those who suffer the burden of India’s patriarchal society, and women who live in poverty  the sterilization procedure is the only way to avoid having several children.  The financial incentives given by the government   indirectly forces women  to undergo the sterilization procedures , so that their husbands can get the money.

The health care workers deliberately target women, especially in the rural areas for the mass sterilization camps run by Indian government . Every year these mass sterilization camps take the lives of at least 5 to 10  women (2–4).  This is because most of the camps take place in a school or at the camp site, where there is minimal access to water and sterilized environment. In 2013, 100 women were sterilized in few hours and were ‘abandoned’ unconsciously in the field , because they could not accommodate their numbers. Similarly 2014, 83 women were sterilized by a doctor  in   less than 3 hours  in Chhattisgarh,   where 68 women were treated for septic shock and 11 women died  following the surgery (2–4).

It is shocking to see our women were treated like ‘cattle’ in these sterilization camps. Unequal treatment of women in these societies leaves them vulnerable to violence, mistreatment, physical and emotional harm.

Health care workers were forced to reach sterilization target every year, so they hesitate to educate women, about other birth control options.  Instead, they  encourage them through incentives, often targeting poor and marginalized women. In our society being women and being poor clearly leaves  women  to have no choices over their bodies.

The family planning programs should  be refashioned by focusing more on educating  women about the other birth control options and empower her rights  over her body.

 

Reference:

1.        Cullins V. Sterilization: Long-Term Issues. Glob Libr Women’s Med [Internet]. 2008; Available from: http://www.glowm.com/section_view/heading/sterilization:long-termissues/item/404

2.        Bode L De. Why Indian women are victims of sterilization “cattle camps” [Internet]. ALJAZEERA AMERICA. 2014. Available from: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/11/14/women-india-sterilization.html

3.        Chaurasia M. India mass sterilisation: women were “forced” into camps, say relatives. theguardian.

4.        Neha Wadekar. INDIAN WOMEN ARE BEING STERILIZED [Internet]. NewsWorthy. Available from: http://www.nehawadekar.com/the-reality-of-sterilization-in-india-part-i/

 

A Politicizing Eye

A Politicizing Eye

  By: Surita Parmar I can’t count the number of times my friends have told me that Homeland is “the best show on television”, and that I absolutely “have” to get into it. A few weeks ago, I finally caved and watched the first three […]

The “Accidental” Bigot

The “Accidental” Bigot

  By: Surita Parmar The “accidental” bigot is educated and informed. His or her social circle is comprised of diverse individuals who represent many ethnicities, and who are members of the LGBT community. “Accidental” bigots are pro-choice, refer to themselves as feminists or supporters of […]