Before we explore this topic let us define the core meaning of this term ‘Feminism. ’ According to the Oxford English dictionary it is “the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes. ” Well in this prototypical scenario, men and women should be living equally, have the same right to political power, have the same opportunities socially, culturally and economically. This brings us to explore a new key concept of gender equality. Gender equality states that ‘the goal of the equality of the genders, stemming from a belief in the injustice of myriad forms of gender inequality.
This goal includes making women’s rights equal to men’s and also making men’s rights equal to women’s, as follows. ’ The history of the suppression of women and the patriarchal society which are slowly emerging out of, have confused us between these two terms. The genesis of the women’s liberation movement came from the violent reactivity to the male chauvinism, women liberation sort to rebel against the denial of their rights and to trying to seek dominion over their status in society.
The denial and discrimination on the account to social equality, voting ability and equality as a member of society fuels the bohemian nature of this movement. On a bid to rebel, the women liberation took on equally violent as its anti-thesis; in its form there becomes dysfunctional and insatiable as the antagonist it seeks to destroy. Women Empowerment is now becoming a rebellious movement through which women seek to ascertain a moment of self-aggrandizing glory, however still defeating the fundamental purpose it set out to achieve.
Let us now explore gender equality, throughout history women have be suppressed and socially excluded, and this takes place even now. India is a country with a huge disparity, socially and economically, we are currently the largest illiterate population in the world. Till date society in rural India follows the patriarchal social structure. Women are stripped of basic rights such as right to speech; right to vote; right to even drive. Society must seek to initiate awareness, and try to establish equality between the sexes.
We can see that action has already being planned by the United Nation Millennium developmental goals, Goal number three: promote gender equality and empower women. The greatest solution to this goal, is education, however that stands forth as one of the biggest obstacles, the lack of education. As Kofi Anan the ex-chairman of the United Nations said “Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and promiting awareness.
” In order sort out this issue one must promote education, seek to eliminate poverty, create an environment where people can live together socially accepting one another. To establish gender equality one must totally reevaluate the mindset of people, because change comes from within. I would like to end this Essay with a particular story my mother told me when I was a young boy which made a marked impression on my young mind and has stayed with me ever since.
The story goes like this… During World War Two, when most women were recruited to work in factories, little Russel was left with his father at home. His father a soldier had returned from war badly wounded and could not find a job. He took up assignments of translating documents from German to English. Russel kept interrupting him, wanting him to play. In desperation the father took of a paper map of the world from the wall, tore it into pieces and told the little boy, to put the world back correctly.
The child struggled trying to fit the pieces together and get the correct picture but he was unsuccessful. Suddenly he happened to see an upturned piece that had on it the picture the picture of a hand. He upturned all the other pieces and found that the back had parts of the human body. He placed them all together taped them clumsily and got the picture of a man. When he turned the taped picture around he saw that the map of the world had come together.
He showed it to his father who was astonished, and his father asked how he had managed to put the map together, to which the little boy replied, “ That was easy dad, I put the man right and the world became right. ” This story correlates to the fact that the change and development of this world can only take place if we fix the individual, fix each one of us to then fix society. Society is formed by us, and the only way we can achieve gender equality is if we change our mind set. Nothing can change the world more, the change we make- the change of human mind and attitude.