A change for better
Well, not long ago, the common notion was men for work and women to serve men. There was hardly an instant when women broke that shell of confinement. But over the years, people’s mindset has drastically evolved. Slowly women started coming out and putting their feet on where men have. Be it politics or anywhere, women also stand on highest organizational chart.
But still there is long way to go. Looking at the number of women parliamentarians, it seems we have taken u-turn. From 10 in the 1st general election, the number has dropped to 6 in the last election. Even in the local government male-female ratio shows male domination. Now, question here is; Is it because people consider women as inferior gender or is it because women themselves are not taking opportunities?
The study conducted by the NCWC cited gender stereotypes, domestic obligations and low self-esteem as the major reasons holding back women from stepping forward to take part in politics. Traditions and culture were cited as hindrance for women to participate political movements.
While ‘quota’ option to encourage women participation can bear some fruits, there are many such little initiatives that can change the face of this issue but how far? Our government in the past had tried every possible ways to bring all women at forefront but only a section came forward.
Women are equally capable and are given equally opportunities but still their presence is felt lesser everywhere. What could be the problem?
Even if government provide quota or place other options in the next election, confirming their seat in the Parliament will be very difficult. For some unknown reasons, men seem faring well in winning races everywhere.
Educating and empowering certainly will help bring more women forward but that has been done already. There are equally number of male-female students in all schools, but still more women seem losing the track in between.
Getting exposure to outside world will also encourage more women to participate in decision making process but everywhere in the world, majority of men holds key positions.
Thus, we should always keep supporting women in bringing them forward but we must not expect things to change in short period. Expecting equally number of men-women parliamentarians in election will be impossible but at least from 6, number should go up.
But at the end of the day it must be the laws that must allow female to come forward and participate in politics. As women constitute more than 50% of the population, we must nurture, support and respect their way to political life. For this our mentality has to change and change is necessary for the development of a nation.