Women as ‘Agents of Change’

Today is International Day of the Girl Child. It is disturbing to think that, even in the 21st century, many families have a clear inclination to have sons rather than daughters. In the rural and poorer sections of the society, the expressions of disappointment at the birth of a daughter are more visible, and in the more ‘educated’ and more urban families the reactions are more subtle. Nevertheless, the boy-preference is unmistakable.

The situation of girls in the middle-class families in the cities (such as Bangalore) has certainly improved a great deal over the last three decades. Today, we see many parents content with a single girl-child or two girls, and raising them with as much opportunities as they would have done for the boys. Today’s women, who were girls in the 60s and 70s, are now taking the responsibility of caring for old-age parents as much as their brothers do, if not more. And the girls of the 80s and 90s are growing up to be very confident young women.

All these improvements are in the right track – but not sufficient. It is not sufficient for the girls and women to be “well taken care of”. Women need to be the builders, architects and visionaries of the society. I urge the young women of today to not to be content – and to continue to grow in multiple dimensions – economically, emotionally, intellectually, professionally, socially – and politically.

Yes, politically too! Loksatta Party provides a platform for any public-spirited citizen – including youth, men or women – to grow as political leader. At Loksatta, you do not have to be a daughter or a daughter-in-law of a dynasty, to grow as a leader.

I urge women to join Loksatta. We can not sit by and watch our country go to dogs. We must take the matter in our own hands – we must get involved and make things happen for better. We must build a society where our daughters and grand-daughters can live safely and proudly – and look up to us for inspiration. If we set our minds and efforts, we can do this.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by monujesh on November 11, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Shanthala, I was informed about you and your campaign by your sister. I express my appreciation of your initiative and that you have resolved to walk the talk. I extend my best wishes to you, that you may realise your purpose and be effective as an MLA!


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