Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Education is imperative as it helps in mitigating most of the challenges faced in one’s life. This in turn enables individuals to make a difference and be change-makers. A vital part of this education is also gender equality and a gender transformative society. We have to draw attention to integrate and promote gender inclusiveness.
CARE India recently engaged an interactive session with several stakeholders and released of a book on gender champions, ‘Hamaari Kahaani- Hamaari Zubaani.’ It focussed on real life examples and case studies which illustrated gender equality and a gender transformative society.
We need to determine the root cause of gender inequality and how leadership can be encouraged to ensure sustainable change in social and gender stereotypes. The session provided a platform on which a way forward could be discussed and debated so as to translate the vision of a gender transformative society into a reality by 2030.
We as individuals have to work towards implementing this ideal across different organisations, geographies and contexts in cementing gender inclusivity.
As per 2017 Social Progress Index (SPI), India ranks lower than Nepal and Bangladesh, standing at 93rd position among 128 countries. In the stated report, the country ranked 100th in foundations of basic well-being, which included access to basic knowledge and primary school enrolment.
Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman, The Akshaya Patra Foundation says, “The poverty rate in the country can also be curtailed if we ensure that every child is educated, regardless of the gender. In the case of Mid-Day Meal Scheme, the promise of a meal has done wonders. Such initiatives will confirm successful gender parity in education, which will reap substantial benefits in health, equality, and employment opportunities. More initiatives to alleviate societal maladies along with the ongoing welfare schemes, can work as a big boost in increasing the rate of education in India.”
As of 2016, women literacy rate is 68.4% as compared to 85.7% for men. Only 22% of women in India hold ministerial positions. There is an overall decline in women’s labour force participation which stands at 29%. Gender exclusion has its roots deeply ingrained in Indian culture. To breakthrough its shackles, consistent efforts are required to change the mind-sets of people. We need to respect women be sure that their views and voices do not go unheard.
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The CSR Journal Team