New Delhi, Mar 8 : Even as United Nation's recent report expresses concern over the slow pace of progress on gender equality, Chairperson of National Commission for Women, NCW, Rekha Sharma on Friday said that there was no need to think of that as they were built powerful and superior to the men.
"A woman degrades herself while talking about equality with men. God has made her powerful and superior to them. Where is the need of any comparison," she asked.
While talking to Media on the eve of International Women's Day, Ms Sharma said, 'The Almighty has already made us special. Women give birth. They are strong, and therefore they cope with all woes, worries and pains. They bear all the responsibilities without any grudge. Can a man take so much of pains and sufferings? '
According to her, women are strong, not fragile and helpless .... Mahilayen mazjboot hain, majboor nanhi,..why do they want equal status, when they are born superior? Who they want to compete with? Even the constitution has provided all rights to them," said Ms Sharma.
“Women empowerment is not about just stepping out of the home to earn money. Women must understand the meaning of 'me time'. To become impressive and develop a powerful persona they would have to take their own decisions. When mother is strong and ready to give all supports to her daughter, that daughter’s achievements have no boundaries”, asserted Ms Sharma.
Talking about the mindset of society, the NCW chairperson said, 'The girl-child should not be just given dolls, confining her in imaginary world of fairy tales and prince in the shining armour. She should be inspired to make her identity. Any type of family and social pressure against her desire and ambition to achieve her potential is considered a form of mental torture. The 'seed' of discrimination one day turns into the tree of ‘discrimination.'
Meanwhile, speaking on the eve, senior diplomat with the United Nations, posted in Nepal Usha Mishra Hayes said, 'Women have come a long way. Globally they have various political and socio-economic rights and a strong voice. They count. The number of women in leadership positions has gown globally. Today we have an Indian woman heading the PepsiCo. World over, I have seen women demonstrate extraordinary love, determination and courage to overcome personal and societal roadblocks and march to the finish line with grace and dignity. '
Mrs. Hayes says,'The story of every single woman is that of sacrifice and commitment as a mother, a daughter, a sister, a homemaker or as a professional in her respective field. Today is the day to salute that sweat, blood and tear. However, I am also concerned that there is still a long way to go before the world becomes a safe and fair place for her. Countless forms of injustice and deprivation continue to persist especially in the poorer and less developed areas of the world but also in the richer and urban parts.'
She told that a sharp spotlight needs to be shone on the existing problems such as domestic violence and abuse, child marriage, dowry, female genital mutilation (FGM), acid attack, sexual harassment and pay-gap in the workplace. While celebrating our innumerable women scientists, diplomats and army captains, we should not lose sight of the women who have been left behind and the unfinished business ahead.
According to the UN report, women have realised their full rights only in six countries of the world. These are Belgium, Denmark, France, Latvia, Luxumbourg and Sweden. Pakistan is at the bottom in South Asia. According to World Bank’s ‘Women, Business and the Law’, gender parity is increasing globally but the pace is very slow. At this rate, full gender equality will be achieved only by 2073, a whopping additional 50 year in future.UNI