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Coach Paul James has been training children, most of them girls, for free. He says, he collects fees only from those who could afford it.
When a couple welcomes the firstborn kid into their family, along with the new life, a father and mother are also born. They merely don’t hold the positions only as husband and wife. Their journey of parenting starts right away.
It is evident that the fact, a child can achieve great heights with the encouragement and support provided by the parents, whatever field it may be.
Movies like Dangal enforce that with their father’s support, the girls can excel in wrestling, a sport not much encouraged for the female gender. It is a worthy note to view such incidents happening in real.
The Tamil Nadu Urban Habitat Development Board (TNUHDB) tenements witness enthusiastic girls excelling in boxing. Their coach Paul James has been training children, most of them girls, for free. He says, he collects fees only from those who could afford it.
With more than 30 in strength, many have won state and school-level championships. Many have hailed him as the coach who nurtures the future Mary Koms and Mike Tysons of India!
One of the thirteen-year-old champions, Mahalakshmi’s father runs a small food shop and still supports his daughter’s dream of becoming a great boxer someday. Currently, she is preparing for the Khelo India selection.
Another teen’s mother says many discouraged her daughter from learning boxing. But she feels the sport makes her daughter more confident. Yes, it is true that in every nook and corner, there would be someone who would say:
This sport is not for girls,
This job cannot be done by girls
This work is not secure for girls
Discouragement in some form always awaits when the person referred to is a woman. Sadly, the persons behind these accusations are yet to understand that women are already breaking the norms, and they are flying high in every field out there.
There aren’t any restrictions as to which sport needs to be learned by whom. Somehow gender discrimination creeps itself. The main point put forth is that some sports like boxing require physical strength and only men can achieve so.
It is an unproved myth that women are the weaker sex and aren’t capable of dealing with physical force. There are many Mary Koms in the country struggling to achieve their passion but are simply put down by discouragement.
Despite what the world says, when parents support their daughters, their dedication and passion, would result in achieving their goals.
Someday these girls would make India proud and all they require is only the support and encouragement from society. Let the struggle to end stereotypes be broken.
Image source: From Facebook page of Mylai Boxing Academy, edited on CanvaPro
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There are many mountains I need to climb just to be, just to live my life, just to have my say... because they are mountains you've built to oppress women.
Trigger Warning: This deals with various kinds of violence against women including rape, and may be triggering for survivors.
I haven’t climbed a literal mountain yet
Was busy with the metaphorical ones – born a woman
Fighting for the air that should have come free
And I am one of the privileged ones, I realize that
Yet, if I get passionate, just like you do
I will pay for it – with burden, shame, – and possibly a life to carry
So, my mountains are the laws you overturn
My mountains are the empty shelves where there should have been pills
When people picked my dadi to place her on the floor, the sheet on why she lay tore. The caretaker came to me and said, ‘Just because you touched her, one of the men carrying her lost his balance.’
The death of my grandmother shattered me. We shared a special bond – she made me feel like I was the best in the world, perfect in every respect.
Apart from losing a person who I loved, her death was also a rude awakening for me about the discrimination women face when it comes to performing the last rites of their loved ones.
On January 23 this year, I lost my 95 year old grandmother (dadi) Nirmala Devi to cardiac arrest. She was that one person who unabashedly praised me. The evening before her death she praised the tea I had made and said that I make better tea than my brother (my brother and I are always competing about who makes the best chai).
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