The roles a woman plays in various aspects of life are many. At home, on job, in society, as mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, learners, workers, citizens, leaders. But are they being treated fairly and equally? Are they empowered enough by the society? Lets have a look… Indira Gandhi, the first lady prime minister, for four terms, including three consecutive terms from 1966 to 1977. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, the first lady president of India. Indira Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of Pepsi Co, is the fourth most powerful women in the world. Shriti Vadera, special advisor to Britain Prime Minister, Gordon Brown Nineteenth century witnessed reform movement for women, with various issues like sati practice, violence, child marriage, and employment being addressed. With the introduction of the National Policy for Empowerment of Women, the Government of India had declared year 2001 as Women's Empowerment Year. It was said, "Our vision in the new century of a nation where women are equal partners with men". Many new projects were launched like Swashakti and Stree Shakti for women's empowerment; Swayam Sidha to benefit 100,000 women through micro-credit programs, Balika Samrudhi Yojana for the girl child and many more. If you think a lot has been done for woman empowerment, think again. Cases of female-infanticides are still on rise (both reported and un-reported) Certain section of the society does not send girls to schools once she attains puberty. Some are not sent to schools ever.
Numbers of pre-age marriages are also significant
Dowry related harassment and deaths are still in news now and then. Harassment at work place, sexual or otherwise, though mainly unreported, is significant. Sati is still being practiced in many villages across the country. The legislative strength of women is still less than 10%
The crimes against women are on the rise.
Widows are still looked down by many.
The gender disparity is at all time high.
Few, a significant ‘Few’, take women...
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