Break the Bias!

The idea of a daughter is daunting to many even in this day and age, daughters are considered a liability and the idea of a complete family is definitely one that has a son in the scenario, I wonder why?

A daughter is denied the right to education at times because her brothers have to be educated and the funds are limited, eventually giving into the fact that too much education can get to a girl’s head and hence not needed.

Daughters are given away in marriage along with a lot of dowry in most cultures, what does this signify? It’s a natural expectation for girls to adapt to the culture and ways of the new family they become a part of. It’s almost rebellious if a girl wants to carry her food choices or any other habits that have been part of her since birth, I wonder why? Why are there no such rules for men? and who has made these rules?

Women are expected to give up their careers to look after their family and the ones who are privileged enough to continue have to juggle it all as a kid’s development and upbringing is still a women’s job mostly. Men are the breadwinners and if a woman tries to take up the role it definitely creates a cultural conflict.

Our parents and our culture have made patriarchy a part of our lives and girls/women, without a fight believe that they are supposed to be homemakers and eventually end up feeling guilty if they can’t do complete justice to it due to their ambition.

The notion of a women being secondary to a man has been instilled for centuries now, before which women were considered the supreme force who were blessed with the ability to give birth to a new life. Women were worshipped by the same men and a notion of that still lives on in a way that goddesses are worshipped but girls and women all over are treated in all ways that are convenient.

International Women’s Day is observed annually on 8 March. International Women’s Day first emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe. It is a day, observed by many countries around the world, on which women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political.

The theme for the International Women’s Day 2022 is Gender Equality and urges us to #breakthebias, its high time we expect not equal but preferential treatment for being multitaskers, for giving up on so many life choices in the pretext of culture, for accepting a complete new world and making it ours, for standing up for our sisters and friends and definitely for doing it all with a panache!

Gender equality, besides being a fundamental human right, is essential to achieve peaceful societies, with full human potential and sustainable development. Moreover, it has been shown that empowering women spurs productivity and economic growth.

Unfortunately, there is still a long way to go to achieve full equality of rights and opportunities between men and women. Therefore, it is of paramount importance to end the multiple forms of gender violence and secure equal access to quality education and health, economic resources and participation in political life for both women and girls and men and boys. It is also essential to achieve equal opportunities in access to employment and to positions of leadership and decision-making at all levels.

We at OurBetterPlanet celebrate our women partners all year around and make it a point to not only make it an activity for one day in a year, it’s almost hypocritical to applaud women for their contributions over their lifetime on one day. We celebrate our daughters everyday and are in the process of instilling immense confidence in them which comes with a holistic development and understanding of their strengths.

OurBetterPlanet is a women owned business that partners and leads with a women workforce. Our partners are carefully chosen after much due diligence and the most important criteria being to offer fair wages to all employees and also treat them with respect and dignity!

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