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Women often face gender-based discrimination as well as violence in all sphere of life which act as barriers to be a part or to continue with their jobs.
‘Har problem ka solution hain yaar’, well the line stands ground only if there is a will to resolve any problem. Women are dropping out of the workforce drastically. India’s Female Labour Force Participation Rate (LFPR) has seen a historic low of 23.3% between 2017-18. As per reports, three out of four women over the age of 15 in India are neither working nor seeking work. As per NSSO PLFS survey, the state of female labour/workforce participation (FLWP) has worsened, and only 17.5 percent of women are part of the labour force, compared to 55.5 percent of men.
The Government, however has been taking efforts to increase women’s formal workforce participation by scholarships, quotas, promoting self-employment and even emphasising on skill-based train yet social norms hinders in successful implementation of these schemes. As per the most recent PLFS, 51.5 percent of women who received vocational/technical training are out of the labour force, and 10 percent are unemployed. In fact 54.8 percent of employed women are part of the informal sector, limiting their access to decent work.
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Breakthrough India, an organisation working on norms to end violence against women and girls is trying to bridge the gender gap through its ‘Streelink’ campaign. The program focussed at working with women in the garment sector looks at connecting them through each other’s experiences. They find solutions and tackle issues together. Here’s one small example of how a partner’s support can bring a change in a woman’s life.
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As he stood in front of his door, Nishant prayed that his wife would be in a better mood. The baby thing was tearing them apart. When was the last time he had seen his wife smile?
Veena got into the lift. It was a festival day, and the space was crammed with little children dressed in bright yellow clothes, wearing fancy peacock feather crowns, and carrying flutes. Janmashtami gave her the jitters. She kept her face down, refusing to socialize with anyone.
They had moved to this new apartment three months ago. The whole point of shifting had been to get away from the ruthless questioning by ‘well-wishers’.
“You have been married for ten years! Why no child yet?”
I huffed, puffed and panted up the hill, taking many rest breaks along the way. My calf muscles pained, my heart protested, and my breathing became heavy at one stage.
“Let’s turn back,” my husband remarked. We stood at the foot of Shravanbelagola – one of the most revered Jain pilgrimage centres. “We will not climb the hill,” he continued.
My husband and I were vacationing in Karnataka. It was the month of May, and even at the early hour of 8 am in the morning, the sun scorched our backs. After visiting Bangalore and Mysore, we had made a planned stop at this holy site in the Southern part of the state en route to Hosur. Even while planning our vacation, my husband was very excited at the prospect of visiting this place and the 18 m high statue of Lord Gometeshwara, considered one of the world’s tallest free-standing monolithic statues.
What we hadn’t bargained for was there would be 1001 granite steps that needed to be climbed to have a close-up view of this colossal magic three thousand feet above sea level on a hilltop. It would be an understatement to term it as an arduous climb.
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