Vidyadhan Striving for Gender Equality

Happy Women’s day to all.

It is a well known fact that whenever there is a natural disaster or a pandemic women and children especially girl children are disproportionately more affected. This is true across  every sphere, from health to the economy, security to social protection.

During Covid, women have been at the forefront of the fight as health care workers,scientists working for the cure etc. Some of the best managed countries had women as the head of the state. Their natural ability to multi task, affinity towards giving care, consultative decision making etc. made them successful in this fight. However there was little representation of women in the policy formulation in our country and this needs to be corrected to ensure an equitable recovery.

In India 10 million girls are at risk of dropping out of school because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is very unfortunate since higher education is the ticket to a better quality of life for those already at the bottom of the economic pyramid. It also puts them at risk of early marriage, early pregnancy, trafficking and violence.

 We at Vidyadhan believe that this issue of drop out of girls from higher education should be addressed with the utmost urgency. To reduce the economic burden on parents, the cost of schooling for girls should be decreased through the provision of scholarships, waiving off various fees, and by extending RTE to include free secondary education to girls.

Leadership is not given but taken. Be it the girl in wheel chair giving free tuition to the children in her village during lockdown or the girl who took up stitching to supplement the family income while at the same time preparing for the NEET exam there are many young people out there who have illustrated leadership in the face of adversity. And that is the real hope we have for an inclusive India.

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