International Women’s Day is all about celebrating achievements for gender equality and encouraging continued persistence in equality for the future.
Although gender equality is imperfect everywhere, many steps have been taken towards equality. However, it is of utmost importance to remember that in many countries (specifically developing countries) gender equality is still only an unattainable dream to many.
In her speech to the UN, Emma Watson painted a clear picture of what gender equality is: “political, economic, and social equality of the sexes”. She also made it clear that feminism is not “anti-men” because, quite simply, that would not be equality of the sexes would it?
In India many forms of gender inequality are strong. This mindset of inequality affects women’s health, education, and social and economic wellbeing. This also leads to many women being married very young, becoming young mothers, being malnourished and often they cannot afford medical attention. If a woman in India is employed she is often making 30% less than a man, even if they work in the same position.
thisvillage believes in the empowerment, health, and education of women as the key to alleviation of poverty. We want to see the women of India treated as equals.
Join us in supporting the women of India. Invite your friends and attend our fundraiser for the widows of Bandanpally!
“Every literate woman marks a victory over poverty.” – Ban Ki-moon
— Julia Kutyn
I am, most certainly, a person of privilege. The temperature of my home is consistent and controllable; the water from the tap at my kitchen sink is safe to consume; I have a stable job that I enjoy. These truths, among countless others, remind me that I experience benefits and luxuries entirely unknown to people across the globe. I am especially privileged by my access to health care and by my ability to walk down the street alone and without fear.
This, of course, is largely not the case for a woman in India.
The plight of India’s women has received a lot of press in recent months, due particularly to the rape and subsequent death of a twenty-three-year-old woman in Delhi. One would hope that this tragedy would spur people on to make a difference, and that the reality of a reported rape every 21 minutes in the country of India would cease to exist.
Indian women also experience great hardship regarding the reproductive health. There are too many barriers to the safe delivery of a baby. Young Indian women have a disproportionately high risk of death during childbirth, but will almost inevitably become mothers.
thisvillage believes that the empowerment of women is crucial to the end of poverty. We believe that women deserve to feel safe and valued, and that the particularities of gender should not keep Indian women from basic human rights.
One of the projects that thisvillage raises funds for is literacy training for women. Please help us empower women in rural India, one village at a time. You can start by attending our wine and cheese fundraiser in Ottawa on Friday, March 15th. Tickets can be purchased via this link.
— Christie Esau