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Creating a gender just society

Compiled by: Pabita Dahal
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Vidushi Rana
Director of Marketing and Branding, Goldstar Shoes

Women have been struggling to create a gender just society for a long time. I would like to start with my own family. I come from a family where both I and my brother were treated equally. I don’t remember a single incident wherein my brother was favoured or indulged more than me. And it was the first step that was taken by my mother to create a gender just society at the familial level.

But while I am saying this, I also recognise that we live in a patriarchal society. We have grown up seeing and hearing stories about boys being favoured over girls, about female feticide and infanticide. With globalisation and modernisation, Nepali women are willing the change. They are acquiring quality education and working hard to prove themselves and become economically empowered. Ultimately economic empowerment is the key to social change.

But now I feel that times are changing. Today’s girls are always seeking opportunities to prove their capabilities, competing with the boys and in fact, often they are more capable than the boys. We have the first woman president and had a former chief justice… this speaks volumes about the distance women have covered to be in seats of power and authority. And this will contribute to decreasing the gender gap.

Parents have a huge role in creating a gender just environment for their children. Boys and girls should be treated equally. Mothers especially have to raise their sons teaching them the values of respecting and honouring women. Fathers should live the example by treating the women with respect so that the sons of the house can inculcate the same values.