Tag: women’s rights

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 […]

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 […]

Are We Safe?

Are We Safe?

By: Saipriya V

Violence against women  is a serious problem in our society. This is not only due to the  patriarchal culture, but also due to the fact that  women are marginalized by our culture and by our society in many number of ways. Violence against women is not limited to domestic violence, but also include rape, acid attack, dowry deaths, honor killing, abduction and sex trafficking. In recent years rape and acid attacks have become a very common crime against women.

Among all the gender based violences, rape has now become the leading crime in South Asia, however incidence of rapes is the most under reported, this is due to the stigma  attached with it . In these cases the victim, often a woman is blamed to be careless or a moral less person, and often the victim bears the burden  for providing evidence against the accused. Victims of rape is often portrayed as  a shame and a burden to the family. In India, a 14 year old survivor of gang rape said that the girl’s father abandoned the family because he could not handle the shame, similarly a mother of 6 year old rape victim reported that her family experienced such a stigma in her community that their older daughter was dropped from school. Women were also blamed  that their clothing or conduct have invited  for their own rape. It is heartbreaking to see rape victims age range from  4 years old to 71 years old women.

The New-Delhi gang rape has sparked  anger across the country.  Supports against ‘rape culture’ poured from all over the world,  in Toronto protesters rallied outside the Indian consulate to show their support to call better treatment for women. Hundreds of thousands of women’s rights protesters  and student organization based in Delhi poured near ‘India gate’ and demonstrated their anger across the country’s culture of violence against women. Though the protest ended up as a war between protesters and policemen, still a number of protesters continued to show their support against ‘rape culture’. But on the other hand, politicians argued that women should not be ‘adventurous’, by walking in the streets late night and others claimed that women should not dress provocatively. Some argued that being a ‘woman’ it makes her vulnerable, so women should stay at home cooking and washing dishes. This clearly demonstrates the patriarchal culture soaked in our society. It’s time to join our hands and raise our voices against this gender –based violence. While we unite asking for justice, we should think about how are we going to change this social attitude and protect ourselves?

There is active resistance happening in our communities to challenge this patriarchal system.  Apne Aap Women Worldwide is a registered charitable trust in India, helps marginalized women to resist and end sex trafficking. They are working to empower women, by distributing a  comic book  “Priya’s Shakti” which was created as to empower the ‘victims of rape’ across country and it is used as a tool to reach communities and schools to raise  awareness about sexual assault. Educating women about their rights and creating, appropriate and accessible support/care groups  could help women protect themselves.

 

What Role Should Men Play in Women’s Health?

What Role Should Men Play in Women’s Health?

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Ireland Passes First Legal Abortion Bill

Ireland Passes First Legal Abortion Bill

In October 2012, Ireland made international news for the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar who was refused an abortion despite suffering a miscarriage. Despite her life being at risk, Halappanavar was told that doctors were unable to perform an abortion until the fetus’ lost its […]