Friday, December 22, 2006

Is Education alone Is Enough for woman empowerment

In last few years, we have seen considerable improvement in women education in India. More and more women are coming out of houses and are opting for education in India. That is why we are seeing lot of women on top positions in India. Women have overall seen considerable improvement in all areas. Today we see women in education, in Government, in teaching, in research and in forces. Today they are the CEO’s of top companies. They are running successful businesses.
However, here arises a question, have these empowerments of women resulted in any improvement in women real life. The answer is no because women are still under lot of discrimination in India, whether they are educated or not. Let’s give you an example by sharing a true story of Mrs. Rana a lecturer in college and Ramawati (both changed names). Mrs. Rana is highly educated and she earns handsome money. Her salary is more than her husband, where as Ramawati is an uneducated women and earns a small amount of money by selling vegetables. Her husband sells fish and earns equal to her.
Mrs. Rana even after being highly educated and earning handsome money does not have any key role in the major home decisions. Her advice was never sought after by anybody. All the decisions are taken by her husband alone, whether it is decision of buying a TV, Washing machine or a Micro wave. She is only a spectator. Even she has no control on her salary. She has to ask her husband for money. Not only the matters related to money but also the major matters like children education or buying a home, are taken by her husband alone. She was only reduced to a puppet.

Do you expect this type of situation of highly educated woman? But this is true with many educated women in India. On the other hand, Ramawati is an illiterate and earns less. Still she has the full control of her family. She takes all the major decisions of home. She takes all the decisions related to purchasing, or saving. Her husband does give all his money to her. She controls everything perfectly. She is not the sole decision maker, but she has major say. Her husband respects her decisions. She is also involved in major works in her locality. Her advice is always sot after. She was known for her skills to effectively managing her family. She is role model for many women like her.
Why there exists this difference? A highly educated woman is incapable taking even her decisions and an illiterate woman who not only take her decision, but taking the decisions for hundred of others. Is there any thing wrong with education? Obviously not, Problem is with the confidence level gained by the person. Education is the one way to gain confidence and financial independence. But this is not everything. However we can change our education system to make it friendlier and confidence builder. We should also encourage our girl child to come out and take the decisions from childhood itself and not to force decisions on her.

We should give deep look in to this matter and work for better development of women. We should work on other parameters, other than education to improve the situation women.

Origional post written 15 months back-

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