Dr. Archana Gaur, Professor
Govt. Girl’s College
To call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man’s injustice to woman. If by strength is meant brute strength, then, indeed, is woman less brute than man. If by strength is meant moral power, then woman is immeasurably man’s superior. Has she not greater intuition, is she not more self-sacrificing, has she not greater powers of endurance, has she not greater courage? Without her, man could not be. If nonviolence is the law of our being, the future is with woman. Who can make a more effective appeal to the heart than woman?”
These are the words of the Father of the Nation, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, who even in the colonial times considered women equal to men and encouraged their active participation in the freedom struggle. However, even after so many years of independence, women have been discriminated against, excluded from all decision making roles, marginalized and disempowered. All too often, women and girls are discriminated against in health, education, political representation, labour market, etc. — with negative repercussions for development of their capabilities and their freedom of choice.