Women around the world are actively working as a team to achieve great milestones in all areas of life and are optimistic about a world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination.
The life of a modern woman, whether she works in the office or at home, married or unmarried, and perhaps a mother, is multifaceted. While it has been established that women can innovate and lead in impressive ways, we need to #BreakTheBias against women because there is still a long way to go in terms of women’s empowerment and gender equality. India’s journey towards women’s empowerment has its ups and downs. It has benefited by ratifying international conventions and formulating domestic policies to end gender inequality. Women around the world are actively working as a team to achieve great milestones in all areas of life and are optimistic about a world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination.
The benefit of women
In India, women are now emerging in all fields, including politics, business, education, medicine and sports. History was made when two women scientists from the Indian Space Research Organization led the country’s second lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, from its inception to the end of 2019. The female leadership for a huge space mission challenged the traditional narrative that rocket science is a reserved profession. For men. Another milestone was reached when the Supreme Court overturned the government’s position on women serving as army commanders in 2020. Also, the recent rise of Indian women in global leadership positions has proven to be a game changer. It is also noteworthy that the government has implemented a number of grassroots initiatives including new schemes, policies and programs for the empowerment and education of both rural and urban women and girls.
Gender gap: There is still a long way to go
While women continue to face gender bias in multiple sectors, we as a nation must recognize that these gaps are still large and require both strategic planning and implementation, from the rural classroom to the corporate board room. While measures have been taken to improve gender equality, it is a long way to go for equal empowerment and opportunity for women around the world. More concerted efforts are needed to close the urban-rural divide and ensure that women in rural areas enjoy the same access to education, employment, healthcare and decision making as their urban partners. An important challenge will be to change attitudes, as many barriers to women’s empowerment are responsible for the patriarchal and patriarchal traditions that are deeply ingrained in our society.
The Need to #BreakTheBias
While the gender equality movement has its ups and downs, it needs to focus on #BreakingTheBias to empower women in prominent positions in all walks of life – be it law, politics, family, profession or sports. This is not an easy task but can be achieved by bringing together different sectors of the society who can take initiative in their places of residence. When it comes to the full circle, society will be transformed into a well-organized entity that cares for all, regardless of gender. Above all, we, as women, need to support each other for our rights, educate and inspire each other to pursue the passion of choice, and fulfill our personal and collective dreams. One half of the human world, women, lends balance to society and we must do our best for #BreakTheBias. In short, as women, what we want and expect is a world free of prejudice, stereotypes and discrimination.