There is a rather powerful saying that goes like-“the inferiority of women is man-made”. This one simple statement speaks volumes about the way women are not only perceived as but treated in our society. And gender discrimination is not something that’s restricted to the economically bereft sections of the society but is observed in all walks of life, across all societal settings and boundaries. Going back to the old ages the natural hierarchy of society was not yet established, and both the genders existed in mutual co habilitation with no forces which deemed one above the other; in fact, some of the earliest cultures portrayed women as a very powerful entity, capable of creating and nurturing new lives.


With the advent of the Early Medieval ages, it is safe to argue that the suppression of women began on a more noticeable scale, women were bound to societal rules, and legally binding marriage was extremely common. During the World War, war crimes and safety of women came under fire. All throughout history, we can observe that women have been oppressed, their rights denied, their freedom of expression curbed and they had no representation at all when it came to the political scenario of their land.


When it comes to the modern age, even though the situation has taken a turn for the better, it is far off from an idealistic purview. It has been reported that crimes against women have been increasing at an all-time high even though security systems have been constantly upgraded with time. India has one of the worst statistics when it comes to women’s safety, and nations like South Africa follow suit. When it comes to eastern European nations like Ukraine and Moldova human trafficking of women poses a huge threat. Most of the Arab nations are very conservative when it comes to women’s rights in some extreme cases women are not even allowed to get medical attention without the presence of any male family members even when the situation gets critical. African nations provide very limited scopes for the health and nutrition of women and education too poses a huge hurdle for their development.


Questions arise now as to what can be done to make our women feel inclusive and wanted in our society, to finally have our contributions identified and we are provided with a safe environment where we can learn and mature as individuals. Education standards for women need to be improved along with the alarming female foeticide rates that are still prevailing in a lot of countries. Healthcare for women needs to be improved on especially when it comes to pregnancy and expecting mothers. Equal remuneration and opportunities must be provided for women at their workplaces. Women’s safety and laws need to be revised yet again in line with the current socio-political factors to ensure a safer environment. At the end of the day, a society that does not give prevalence to its women gives no prevalence to itself. If we need to make the world a better place for our daughters we need to seriously change the way we have dealt with gender inequality so far.

Questions arise now as to what can be done to make our women feel inclusive and wanted in our society, to finally have our contributions identified and we are provided with a safe environment where we can learn and mature as individuals. Education standards for women need to be improved along with the alarming female foeticide rates that are still prevailing in a lot of countries. Healthcare for women needs to be improved on especially when it comes to pregnancy and expecting mothers. Equal remuneration and opportunities must be provided for women at their workplaces. Women’s safety and laws need to be revised yet again in line with the current socio-political factors to ensure a safer environment.

At the end of the day, a society that does not give prevalence to its women gives no prevalence to itself. If we need to make the world a better place for our daughters we need to seriously change the way we have dealt with gender inequality so far.

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