New Delhi: International Women's Day celebrations are going on in full swing across the globe. The women are rejoicing the new found freedom they have attained in the name of women empowerment. However, who do they credit this freedom to?
Have only women worked for their emancipation or men have also contributed significantly to the process ?
Well, one cannot deny the fact that women have worked hard to attain empowerment and deserve each and every bit of it, but one cannot overlook the role of men in supporting and uplifting the status of women in the country. The condition of women in India, during the 19th century, was extremely critical. They were denied all the basic fundamental rights.
But over the years, both the genders have supported one another in overcoming their shortfalls. They have joined hands in their struggle towards the growth of the nation as well as liberation of women.
Thus, for all the ladies, you're not alone in your freedom struggle. These men have and are working hard to help you in redefining the status of women in the country:
Dr. B R Ambedkar
He is India' s first Law minister and the chief man behind the formulation of the Indian Constitution. Alternatively known as Babasaheb, he doctored several campaigns against the social stigmas revolving around the condition of women. His fight against the injustice proved to be a source of inspiration for the Women's movement. It provoked women to protest and participate in the Satyagraha movement and fight for what is right.
M K Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi envisaged a different image of the women of India. His advocacy focused on emphasizing on the identity of the women. He compelled the women followers to break free from the oppression of the men and adopt an individual identity. His teachings evoked an upsurge in women. They started taking up economic responsibilities towards their households by engaging in activities such as spinning wheel , which was a revolutionary change in the 19th century.
Raja Ram Mohan Roy
Raja Ram Mohan Roy, also known as the father of the Indian renaissance, reformed several laws concerning the widows of the nation. He was instrumental in abolishing the Sati. He felt that Indian women have greater things to do in life than to be just good wives and sacrifice their life for their late husband. Hence he fought against the creul practice. Later, he encouraged remarriage for the widows in order to lease out a new life to them.
A prolific writer, Jyotirao Phule was a social reformer. He is remembered for extending his support to his wife, Savitribai Phule, in giving India it's first school for girls only. Apart from that, he's also worked to protect the widows from Sati. He was one of the few reformers who catered to the issue of female infanticide and to prevent the same, he build homes for new born infants and gave them shelter.
Narendra Modi Modi has initiated several programmes to uplift the condition of the women in India. His initiative 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' was launched to provide education to the young girls in urban and rural areas and to generate awareness among the masses on the same.Through this programme, Modi aimed at helping the girls stand up on their feet and enjoy independence.
(Written by Ishita Kapai)