Letters from a young Indian

Dear Reader,

I am writing this letter to you on 8th of March; so first of all, happy womens day to you! No you don’t need one day in a year to celebrate womanhood, but this is more of a symbolic phenomenon really. An international effort made to recognize and appreciate everything that a woman is and can be. A day dedicated to every mother, daughter, sister and wife out there.

Womens day is about believing that women and men are equal. It is about empowering women. But reality check ? Honor killings, low level of literacy in women, growing sense of insecurity of girls in mixed schools due to various incidents of sexual abuse, malnutrition and poor health of a majority of women, high maternal mortality rate…we have a long way to go.  Statistics show that every hour a woman is raped in India and every 93 minutes a woman is burnt to death due to dowry problem. Though the situation is better in cities, girls in rural areas still can’t go to school mainly because of poor economic condition.

Women

Educate One, Educate All

The lack of education is the root cause for many other problems. As Greg Mortensen says, ‘Once you educate the boys, they tend to leave the villages and go search for work in the cities, but the girls stay home, become leaders in the community, and pass on what they’ve learned. If you really want to change a culture, to empower women, improve basic hygiene and health care, and fight high rates of infant mortality, the answer is to educate girls.’

 

There is a song called ‘Song of an African woman’ which goes like this :

I have only one request.

I do not ask for money

 Although I have need of it,

 I do not ask for meat . . .

 I have only one request,

 

 And all I ask is

 That you remove

 The road block

 From my path.

 

Beautiful, isn’t it ? 🙂

– By Nishiggandha Kerure.

Photography : Sally Peter.

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