" मैं नारी हूँ मैं सबला हूँ, समरूप हूँ मैं पर हीन नहीं,
मैं तुमसे हूँ तुम मुझसे हो, पर एकाकी हम फ़रदीन नहीं | "
Social equality is a state of affairs in which all people have the same status in respect of civil rights, freedom of speech, property rights, and equal access to social goods and services and so on. It is the same thing for which women have been fighting for a very long time now and they have succeeded to some extent too. I am no women to tell what they want but what they need is definitely not just equality. Our constitution has come a long way to ensure equality but what needs to change is the mindset of masses. We must place ourselves in their shoes and feel what they are feeling and equality will follow. Such Empathy is known to increase pro-social behaviors. We must try to understand women’s condition from their perspective. Men and women have roles- their roles are different but their rights are equal. Gender equality is not a women’s issue, it’s a human issue. It affects us all and we cannot all succeed when half of us are held back. But the current situation is so bad that you don’t have to treat women as superior to men to be labelled as a feminist; you just have to think they are equal.
I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men;
they are far superior and have always been.
Yes, they have always been superior and what they must strive for is empathy and not just equality. And it is upon us all, including men, to make it a reality.
This post was written for Indispire Edition 85: What does women today need more - Equality or Empathy as fellow human?#Movement