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Do you even know that a lot of times, girls staying/living in urban or semi urban cities or rural parts are being forced to leave school because their periods have started and now it’s time for them to start doing the household work?
Education is one thing no one can take away from you. – Elin Nordegren
Nowadays in our country most of the population is literate and a very few number of people are illiterate. When it comes to the ratio on the basis of the gender male/female (and of course the third gender now is legal! Yay!) – the ratio of male and female is still 60 % (Male) and 40% (Female).How many of the women’s are literate in our country? Or even if literate how many are being allowed to pursue their careers as per their will?
Literacy rate: Here’s the comparison of the literacy rates of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal
Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal have stolen a march over India in quality of school education. Data from new research on female literacy shows that India’s school education system is under-performing in terms of quality when compared to its neighbours, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. The research studies changes in female literacy over a number of schooling years.
The proportion of women who completed five years of primary schooling in India and were literate was 48 per cent, much less than 92 percent in Nepal, 74 per cent in Pakistan and 54 per cent in Bangladesh.
Do you even know that a lot of times, girls staying/living in urban or semi urban cities or rural parts are being forced to leave school because their periods have started and now it’s time for them to start doing the household work? The responsibility of doing household work completely gets transferred to the girl.
The other scenario in this situation is that she has been born and brought up with the words:
“Beti tujhe toh badhe hokar ghar he sambhalna hai toh school maat ja”
“tu nah aisa kar ki tu ghar ka kam he sambhal le tera bhai he school jayega kal se”
“beti mei nah kam pe jati hun toh peche se sara kam nah reh jate hai toh tu aake khana bna liya kar tere papa nah gussa karte hai fir..”
(You’d better stay at home and take care of the work, your brother can go to school. Or, I need to go out, you take care of the household work or else Papa will be angry…)
Why is it that only the womanhas to compromise? Why?
We are living in the 21st century and still, it’s the women who have to compromise with their studies, health, education, and most importantly the social obligations they face all their lives whether they are married or unmarried.
Even our mothers & grandmothers have sacrificed their opinions, thoughts and their way of looking towards the situations just because the society won’t accept their having a say in major decisions, specifically when it comes to their own daughters’ lives.
But on the other hand, if you have a son, then everything is sorted out for him.
No one stops him from going out of the town and studying…
No one asks where he is studying…
How much is his college fees?
On the contrary, if a girl is studying her parents will count her expenses from the day she is born andthen save the money for her marriage and will collect lots of articles for her to give in so-called dowry.
She would be always asked about her salary in the family meet-up.
She would be judged over the profession she has chosen for herself.
If she is in her late 20s, there will always be questions coming up about her being still single.
And then if she finally decides to marry someone then again lots of questionnaire sessions are held with her over her decision of continuing the job or will she leave the job after marriage.
Again as I said, household works have to be performed by her only so somewhere she has to compromise with her job and sit back and do household work.
In my opinion, we have to work together irrespective of what roles the society has defined for a specific gender. It is we who have to change our thoughts about women being anti-men, which I hear generally in normal conversations. Being a feminist doesn’t mean we are against men, we simply want gender equality.
“We have a lot of to do, but we can get there if we work together” – Beyonce Knowles- Carter
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