Igualdad, género y desarrollo. India

25 Mar

Esta semana, ya que se están reportando notícias de las violaciones en India os adjunto este artículo que escribí en inglés sobre el tema:


I had the pleasure of participating in the Seminar on “East-West. Gender Equality and Development ” held in Barcelona, where some thirty experts and rights activists of the women in Asia and Spain share knowledge in defense of progress towards gender equality and the role of women in processes peace building, an event that coincided with the tenth anniversary of resolution 1325 of the United Nations and the 15 th of the Beijing conference.

The forum shared our own experiences for example:  Sherry Rehman (Federal Minister of Information of Pakistan), Nazim Zhero (Director News Dunya News TV channel in Pakistan), Palwasha Hassan (founder of Afghan Women’s Network),  Mucha-Shim Q. Arquiza (General Secretary Asian Muslim Action Network in Philippines), Chen Shilli (Chairman All-China Women’s Federation) and many others I can not name here, due to space!

We coincided :  the role of women in development has a direct impact on society; the microcredit system in India is helping  women to be a driving force substantial in  economy, that economic equality is not equality regardless of gender and  the Developing  it is not “a problem of women”  ii is a problem of  all people,  … or  more curious concept  as Half of the women in the world demanding emergency services in hospitals is due to domestic violence or even in countries like Australia, 50% of women have received some form of physical violence!

Gender issues in India

Gender issues in India

Because I’m so practical I will briefly name the proposals (very easy to say and very difficult to conceive!): Full education, reducing child mortality, eradication of poverty and  health improvement.

Some more specific goals and real short term: the need for a strategy within the civil society dialogue, data collection for the transparency and impartiality, accurate analysis and interpretation of data, the initiation process for initial negotiations, giving importance to labor practices and the protection of women on equal pay and opportunities, counseling in school, create networks of women, create awareness and information campaigns about sex work, have more mediators  figures for emigration, free education for all and, start trying all these issues  in primary school (for example, in some countries where girls do not carry to school, a solution would be to create soup kitchens in school, would be a way for families to also take girls as it would be one less mouth to feed …).

In short, although I could continue with whole pages of goals, we see that the role of education is fundamental and, to make my article more readable I end with a poem of an Indian activist called Kamla Bhasin:

A father asks his daughter:
Study? Why should you study?
I have sons aplenty who can study
Girl, why should you study?
The daughter tells her father:
Since you ask, here’s why I must study.
Because I am a girl, I must study.

Long denied this right, I must study
For my dreams to take flight, I must study
Knowledge brings new light, so I must study
For the battles I must fight, I must study
Because I am a girl, I must study.

To avoid destitution, I must study
To win independence, I must study
To fight frustration, I must study
To find inspiration, I must study
Because I am a girl, I must study.

To fight men’s violence, I must study
To end my silence, I must study
To challenge patriarchy I must study
To demolish all hierarchy, I must study.
Because I am a girl, I must study.

To mould a faith I can trust, I must study
To make laws that are just, I must study
To sweep centuries of dust, I must study
To challenge what I must, I must study
Because I am a girl, I must study.
To know right from wrong, I must study.
To find a voice that is strong, I must study
To write feminist songs I must study
To make a world where girls belong, I must study.
Because I am a girl, I must study.



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