The need for gender equality and the least understood role of woman in the Indian society were highlighted recently in the national capital on the occasion of International Women’s Day.
As people celebrated the International Women’s Day, exchanging messages on social media, The Bridge India, a social consulting firm marked the day through a panel discussion themed ‘Gender Equality and the Role of Women in Changing Shape of the Country’.
The aim was to underline the vast role women play in our family’s everyday life and still hardly ever get noticed and valued for it. The two-hour discussion held at Radisson Blu hotel also underlined how gender equality has been influencing the society.
The panelists for the discussion included Ira Singhal, IAS; Rakesh Jinsi, Change Management facilitator for Corporate and NGOs; Lalitha S, Human Rights activist; Vijay Singh, Head CSR PI Industries along with transgender human rights activist Simran Shaikh.
The participating delegates included people representing NGOs, Corporate, government and the social sector.
“The role which the homemaker performs if it is not superior then it is as equal as what we do to earn a livelihood. If the male, as a family head, earns the bread, then the lady of the house is doing far more superior job of putting that food on the table to good use,” said Rakesh Jinsi on the occasion.
“Unless and until the society does not accept and give that respect back to the woman for what she is doing and what she is supposed to be doing the change will not bring about,” he added.
Among the panelists was Simran, a transgender woman, who said, “It is not compulsory to celebrate only woman today. It is also important that you celebrate the feminity within you and that is why everyday is a woman’s day according to me.”
The Bridge is a social consulting firm, playing a significant role of a catalyst among NGOs, responsible business houses and the community. “We aim to work in unison with social change-makers and responsible business houses to design and implement transformative solutions on social developmental issues,” said Seema Jaithrath, Director, The Bridge India.