Fighting gender barriers, making us one

By Mahikah Malik

Gender Equality is one of the most common and discussed issue which is of major concern according to the UN’s Sustainable Development Guidelines (SDG). . Gender equality has been going on for centuries now. It takes us back to pre historic days where men were required to fight in the war while the women were made to take care of household chores and the children back at home. Even today, men are expected to earn the bread whereas, the women are expected to look after the household chores but many women are breaking this stereotype and taking a foot forward and taking equal stance as men.

The real struggle

Even today’s youth is dealing with gender equality. Even today football and cricket is considered as a sport played by boys, girls aren’t given a chance to play such games only because our stereotypes say so. Nandini Sharma, a 14 year old school going girl says “I always see bhaiya playing Football and every time I ask him to let me play he asks me to go play with my barbie dolls.” In many cases men are deprived from doing certain things which people often consider “not manly” such as doing household chores, cooking, or do makeup for that matter but men have been seen breaking these stereotypes too. Atish Singhal, a professional make up artist says “I still remember when I told my parents I love makeup and want to make a career in it, they were disturbed by this thought of mine and felt ashamed to call me their son so I started taking up make up courses and started working as a make up artist and in a matter of 3 years of dedication I became one of the most eminent make up artists in Kolkata. Instead of being upset or ashamed my parents are supportive and proud of my choices. That’s called moving forward in a society like ours.” Here is a list of areas gender equality is seen in-

1 Sports- Football

2 Makeup artist

3 Pursuing Fashion

4 Looking after household chores

5 Body building

The ultimate choice
There have been several odds while breaking certain barriers but the fight against gender equality is stronger than ever. Feminism and male chauvinism are two different things but the fight to be one and to be treated equally irrespective of any gender is what the society needs today to be make this world a better place.

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