Gender policy

Dhaka,  Thu,  22 June 2017
Published : 15 Mar 2017, 18:58:12
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Gender policy

THIS refers to your thought-provoking article "Women empowerment: A gender policy needs to be formulated" (FE- March 15). When we say women empowerment, what we mean is their empowerment through constitutional means. Anything less than that can always be subverted to help men continue with their subjugation of women.

Every day we read stories in the press that valiant women are running campaigns against vested interests or the establishment. Again, we read about women engaged in long drawn court cases, if only to prove a point. There are social activists who do not ride piggy back to run their campaigns. What this proves is that if one is imbued with a sense of purpose or if one is outraged at something unjust happening, one does not wait for a tool like empowerment to fight injustice with. At the same time, we cannot just brush aside women empowerment as a policy provided it is aimed at arming the poor and the uninitiated. When we say women empowerment, what we mean is their empowerment through constitutional means. Anything less than that can always be subverted to help men continue with their subjugation of women. The moral is that women have to be brought on to one platform to fight against social injustice. Until such time as this takes place, women empowerment will remain cliché ridden. But the signs are encouraging.

Vinod C. Dixit

B-15 Jyotikalash Society

B/H Sundervan Satellite

Ahmedabad, INDIA

dixitpatrakar@yahoo.in

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