Our society as a whole, the world over is male dominated. There is nothing to debate on this. Even in countries which are comparitively liberated, women did not have liberty served to them on a platter. They had to fight hard and long. Nonetheless, their fight is still far from over. No country in this world can yet claim to be fully liberated in the context of gender equality. Many women though well educated, financially independent, exercise suffrage, yet suffer at the hands of their male counterparts at some or the other point in their life. Rape, domestic violence,wage discrimination, sexual assaults are still rampant in almost each part of the world. Though there seems to be no overnight solution to this problem, a prominent change can be brought about by extremely stringent laws and above all, active and bold contribution from women themselves.
What we need to do is, attempt to change mindsets. This change will come around when women even in the remotest corners of the world are apprised of their rights, domestic, social and political. When they are enlightened, that their status in society is at par with men. That they too have a right not only of education, work,property and suffrage. But the right to beleive in oneself, to have an identity of their own, to expore and acheive without being questioned, ridiculed, crticized or judged by anyone. That they can be themselves and need not surrender to social stigmas, stereotypical roles and male subjugation.
It is through this awakening,that we can bring about the holistic, paradigm shift we want the world to undergo.
The men will change once the woman decides that she is prepared to face all trials she will be put to. They will concede once they experience that the woman isn’t going to buckle anymore. This will be an uphill task no doubt, as men have been accustomed to supremacy, willfullness and tenacity for ages together. But woman will have to fight back, to triumph.
The reorientation should start at domestic level. We should aim at changing mindsets, at altering thought processes. Resort to legislative interference only in the face of criminal offences. This fight need not be a war. The challenges are manifold. But the answer is one. Each women needs to be more confident, more assertive and resolute. Not give up midway, to be supportive of each other and be persistant. The results may seem slow, and hard to come by. But when they do they will be profound and extensive. Beyond our imagination!