There’s no denying that our battle with COVID is going to be and is absolutely challenging.
It affected every sector differently. Now, this can be an opportunity to support every woman. With schools and offices being shut, the entire burden comes on the woman to take care of the children and the men of the family. More than before.
This gave rise to domestic violence, abuse, child labor so on, and so forth.
With almost zero or no income, the girls will have to leave their education and drop out of school which was already hard-earned liberty.
What can we do to support women? What can we do to empower them? What can we do to help them earn a living?
First and foremost, we need to take a step forward, recognize, and stop violence against women. We need to empower, educate, and help them raise their voice against the accused. To educate is the first step. Until and unless women recognize and understand what’s happening with them, any step in this direction will be meaningless.
Post COVID-19, there will be a “recovery” phase. These six months took a toll on each and every one of us. Every sector, every individual be it poor or rich was hard hit. It’s needless to say that to recover from this will take us a great amount of time and hard work. Now, what we can do is, we can encourage women to take the forefront in any sector. For example in schools, in hospitals, in small companies, etc. This will provide them with much-needed exposure and will empower them and make them in any way independent.
Post COVID-19, there will definitely be specialized groups that will look after each sector be it health care, budget forming, etc. Women should be involved in this decision-making process. When we voice their opinions or let them take control we motivate women for years to come. They should definitely be given a position in the policymaking group. They have experienced this pandemic at the ground level, and this is exactly what we need when we make laws or policies.
Every man needs to stand up and lend their support and make all the above a reality. Just one section of the population standing up won’t take the entire society forward. Every organization, news channels, online sites, individuals need to understand and put forward this new reality and spread the word.
Women’s involvement in decision making is no longer an alien phenomenon but the new normal.
At Mitti Ke Rang, we started with a COVID-19 community support fundraising, as an emergency response to provide a safety net to families. This will help them survive in the lockdown period. We aim to directly support these families by providing a minimum wage, through transferring the same into their accounts or partner with local NGO, Organisation, Fellow, or a Volunteer and support them with groceries.
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