Women Need to be Awakened to Stop Crime Against them, says Kangana Ranautby Opinion Express September 6, 2018 0 comments
Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut said that the women need to be awakened because it is the need of the hour.
They should fight for themselves, instead of expecting men to change things.
What happens when some of the most opinionated feminist minds come together to discuss about gender injustice and women empowerment? A plethora of questions get lined up on the fore to raise certain issues on women’s rights and gender equality.
The first roundtable session on ‘The Power of Women,’ featured Bollywood actors Kangana Ranaut and Gul Panag, Swati Maliwal, chairperson of Delhi commission for women, and fashion designer-turned-politician Shaina NC. Together, they discussed how to strike a balance while wearing different kinds of hats on the path of women empowerment.
Kangana, who has always been vocal, not just in her choices but even in the characters she portrays, used the platform to drive change. She says, “We are still struggling as women with exceptionally primitive things like equal pay for equal work. It is quite shameful that we still have to fight for it. The right to move freely and without judgement is again another primitive thing that the women of our society are struggling with. That’s not how it should be, these issues must be pointed out and spoken about. We must make sure that they are resolved with proper enforcement of laws. The society is in a bad shape, I must say.” She added, “Women are absolutely beautiful and if the feminine ceases to exist, the world will turn ugly. It’s important for women to get support from every sphere and not just one.”
In a recent research by Mckinsey, it’s been indicated that equal participation in the workforce by women and men would add up to 28 trillion dollars or 26 per cent to the annual global GDP by 2025. However, to achieve gender equality we have to urgently focus on eliminating the many root causes of discrimination and violence that still curtail women rights.
Where does our society stand in terms of vulgarity? “I think we are really in a bad situation. Every day, four rape cases happen in this country. In Delhi, which is also called the rape capital of the world, six rape cases happen brutally no matter the age. It’s so horrifying. It is really sad that despite being the chairperson of Delhi commission for women, and despite writing, appealing, meeting politicians and going to the court, I couldn’t find out the solution. Finally, I had to sit on a 10-day hunger strike and now the government has come up with an ordinance, which has become a law, that says at least in the cases of rape of children the accused will be given death penalty within six months. Yet, we do have a long way to go. The solution is to implement the existing laws, that ensure strict action taken against the crime, so that there can be justice,” says Maliwal. Panag put the onus of change in society on the youth and said it was their responsibility to fight the forces of patriarchy, which can be seen in simple gestures of forcing women to compete against each other.
In memory of Mother Teresa, on the UN International Day of Charity, the second edition of the XIN Philanthropy Conference 2018 was hosted by the private charity fund, Alibaba Foundation and UCWeb (UC). According to the global company, technology can help lower the barrier for each individual to participate in it and unleash “The Power of Small” to drive big change for public welfare.
“As the world’s first internet company that integrates charity into its core strategy Alibaba’s philanthropy is without a border. That’s why we brought this conference to India. This is also the first time our internet plus philanthropy model has set its foot on the global path,” said Shunyan Zhu, president of UC.
Robin Raina, chairman and CEO of Ebix Inc. and the founder of the Robin Raina Foundation, took inspiration from the Chinese company and added that transparency has to be a part of philanthropy today.
“First and foremost, the way of doing charity is through a technological intensive way. It’s really important to get the message to the audience across the world to maximise the reach. The second most essential part of it is doing it in a transparent way so that nobody could question you,” he said. To him, transperancy means being able to track every single penny, every donation through the medium of the internet. “If we have such advanced techniques today, why not use it for betterment and reformed practices? If technology is fused with transperancy in an intensive manner, nothing could beat the act of philanthropy and charity,” he said.
Writer: Ayushi Sharma
Courtesy: The Pioneer