Let’s Step It Up ……for Gender Equality

Women's DayCan we have a planet 50-50 by 2030 or does it sound very utopian? Does it not sound ludicrous when we still discuss gender equality in this modern age? Don’t we feel embarrassed when we still grapple for equal opportunities for men and women? India is a nation whosecountry is known as ‘Motherland’. This is a country where women are worshipped as strength, knowledge and prosperity.  Yet women discriminations of several kinds exists cutting across state, caste, religion and economic strata. Women participation is very low at 10% in Parliament, 28% in labour force and 26.6% in secondary education. Though Census 2011 reveals that female literacy rates are 65.5% it is still below the world average of 79.7%.

India has taken several landmark steps for women empowerment.  Various laws like Dowry Prohibition Act, Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, Sexual Harassment of Women at Work Place (Prevention, Prohibition, and Redressal) Act and as per the 73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendment Act, all the local elected bodies reserve one-third of their seats for women exist, yet we are unable to counter the decline in women labour force participation. Indian economy grew at a healthy average of 7%, yet India witnessed a decline in female labour participation from 35% to 28%. India fairs so poorly with Bangladesh and Indonesia when it comes to women economic empowerment.

At this rate how do we achieve economic empowerment of Indian women and create a planet 50-50 by 2030.  International Women’s Day (IWD) 2017 theme is ‘Women in the Changing World of Work, Planet 50-50 by 2030. GharSeNaukri endorses this theme with a diverse perspective. It wants to enhance skills and expertise of women who can work from home. GharSeNaukri wants to provide employment and entrepreneurial opportunities to the large population of women who have the ability to work but are unable to evolve due to stereotypical gender biases like managing home, care for children and elders, spending quality time at home.

This March 2017, GharSeNaukri heralds a change. In its pursuit of economic empowerment of women, it now wants to adopt the United Nations theme of ‘Women in the changing world of work’ by focusing on the conviction that augmenting equal skills of women shall create an equal world. GharSeNaukri is a platform in which women in business can showcase their skills and increase their potential. It is an interface wherein women job seekers and employees are connected and it is beneficial for both. Through this portal more than 25,000 women have been employed. On the occasion of IWD, Let’s Step up this work, Let’s step our aspirations, Let’s step up our dreams, Let’s step up our resources….And achieve gender equality.

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