“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!”
― Maya Angelou
What is actually gender equality? Is it just about giving equal rights to men and women or is it much more?
According to UNICEF, “Gender equality means that women and men and girls and boys all enjoy the same rights, resources, opportunities, and protections”.
Gender equality on a wider spectrum also means that every gender gets the liberation to follow their lifestyle, career, or whatever they wish to choose. Their likes and dislikes, their needs, and their requirements are valued on the same scale.
From far back in time, only men have been subjected to this benefit.
In India the equality gap has been filling to an extent, however, it needs to be covered in a much larger area.
Women are now to some degree given equal job opportunities, education, basic societal needs, etc. However, there still exists some dominions where gender equality has not reached yet.
That one dominion is gender equality in household chores. Women in India are always held responsible to look after their family and their children, which is obvious for a mother. But only she is held responsible is not valid.
Men on the other hand are just considered to be the bread earner. These are obsolete 19th-century philosophies.
We are living in the 21st-century, surrounded by modernization. We as humans have evolved impeccably in many fields but sadly from inside ourselves, we are still trapped in an old era.
Gender equality must first begin from home and then from society. Adopting equality in household works is the initial block.
Women tend to balance both their personal and professional life, at the cost of their own self. And this is justified by elder groups of people on traditional grounds. This not only drains away her physical health but her mental state as well. Men helping their sister, mother, and wife with household stuff is considered shameful, or men washing dishes, cleaning floors, etc are considered unprincipled.
Men doing housework is still a taboo in India. A real relationship demands that men do a fair share of housework and support their partner.
Men supporting women at housework would boost gender equality in many ways.
Firstly, women having partners that support them in their daily chores are more successful at work. When women are less bothered about the impact of personal problems on their work they are more likely to excel in their career, accepting large opportunities and welcoming growth and development.
Secondly, fathers doing housework leaves an untainted print in their children’s character. When daughters find their father helping out her mother in the house, the young girl would choose to succeed in her life by focusing on her career rather than choosing a stereotypical occupation.
Sons on the other hand would cultivate an egalitarian perspective of life.
Both genders must be valued on the same scale. It’s high time now that we change our mindsets and help others in changing.
“It is time that we all see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals.”
― Emma Watson