06 Apr Women’s Issues in India
In the twenty-first century, India is fast emerging as a global power.
But, for the women across the country the struggle, to live life with dignity, continues. Women are facing problems in every sphere of life whether it is employment, access to health care or property rights.
The attention required is still not being paid, to the issues that concern this section of the population.
Women empowerment in India is still a distant dream.
There exists a wide gap between the goals enunciated in the constitution, legislation, policies, plans, programs and related mechanisms on the one hand and the situational reality of the status of women in India on the other hand. India is fast developing but women in India continue to be discriminated against.
The declining sex ratio in India amply portrays the discrimination shown towards women even at the stage of birth.
Around 40% of married women in India are victims of domestic violence. The increasing violence against women shown in television and films and their vulgar portrayal as objects of attraction is also an important contributing factor in the escalating violence against women in India. The crimes against women in India are growing at a rampant speed.
Women, irrespective of their class, caste and educational status, are not safe.
Today and every day every woman, man and child can contribute to gender justice in eight simple ways as shared by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, also known as UN Women:
- Raise your voice
- Support one another
- Share the workload
- Get involved
- Educate the next generation
- Know your rights
- Join the online conversation
- Give to the cause
Human Rights are Women’s Rights and Women’s Rights are Human Rights.
Let us not forget that among those is the Right to speak freely and the Right to be heard.