October 22, 2010 § Leave a comment
When i wanted to start this blog I thought for hours about the title. I came up with so many fancy titles, still i was not satisfied. Then suddenly I came across an interesting quote by Aung San Suu Kyi, “We find it is the women who sometimes have a better understanding of why we are struggling for democracy because she strips away all of the political jargon and gets down to basic facts. What women want is a safer, better life for their children, for their families”.
This is when I knew I wanted to call my blog ‘Agganaa’ meaning ‘woman’ in Sanskrit.
In today’s world women are much more empowered than a century back, but what does empowerment mean? Is it just education or employment?how many women walk out of an abusive relationship?Are women involved in social change?Do women exercise their freedom of choice to the maximum extent?Do they control their lives?Do they have political, economical and legal awareness?
I agree that education is key to all mentioned above. But every census talks about education in terms of ‘literacy’. According to the 2001 census in India, Female literacy in the country is 54% , up from 9% in 1951( source: http://www.merinews.com/article/empowered-women-stand-tall/140415.shtml).
The improvement is impressive but are the women really empowered in India?