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Creating a gender just society

Compiled by: Pabita Dahal
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Srijana Jyoti
Chief Branding Officer, Syakar Trading Company

Women have always been expected to be homemakers. In a majority of the organisations, certain positions are always considered to be a woman’s job like receptionists or secretarial position. Such issues are not just faced by women but men too. They too are pressured to be the breadwinners, financial caretakers of the house, emotionally stronger, etc. This compels men to give up their passion and dreams and look for a job that helps them to support their family financially. They are expected to earn more and be more successful than their wife. What we need is to break this work categorisation and eliminate gender based judgement to create a gender just society. And since women are more oppressed by the gender biases they should play the major role.

If we want a gender just society, as women it is our primary duty to see that it starts from us within our own families. We must enable our daughters to make decisions on what they want to do and who they want to become, without pressuring them to become what traditionally our society considers as women’s job or role. We must educate our sons about gender equality from childhood.

In a country like Nepal where men are more powerful, influential and have more capital than women, without their help, it’s not possible to achieve a gender just society. And I feel one of the best ways to make them aware and sensitive on the problems of gender inequality is educating students right from school on creating a gender just society. Since the mother is the first teacher, she is the eminent figure to teach her children about gender equality.

Care giving in the family for children and ageing parents are primarily considered to be women’s work. Myths about how women are more naturally nurturing and caring than men compels a woman to either give up her career or compromise. In the workplace too if we are able to have policies that support family life and gender equality it would enable all workers, including men, to better juggle work and family life.

We need gender just laws and policies. Mass awareness on what is gender inequality, its impact on society and country, socially as well as economically and what we can do to eradicate it, is possible only when policy makers of our country prioritise the issue and take corrective action.