Is women empowerment in India going completely wrong? Have we reduced feminism and women’s issues to appeasement and vote bank politics instead of making women truly equal?
In a recent report from Telangana, the state government on Sunday has announced a special holiday for all government and private sector female employees on the occasion of Women’s Day 2023 (March 08).
The KCR government issued an order on March 5 stating all women employees in the state will be given a holiday on Women’s Day. The order also stated that all women working in private companies could avail this in the form of special casual leave.
In fact, as per the report, the state government has instructed compulsory leave to women employees on this day.
The state has been maintaining this practice since some years now. In 2021, speaking with media, Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan then said,
Our heritage, culture, and traditions for centuries respect and honour women and worship them as the personification of Goddess Shakti.
Adding further, Soundararajan said,
It is high time that we truly imbibe and implement the spirit of gender equality and promote women in decision-making in all spheres of life for a more equitable, and inclusive world.
Let us all resolve and work for the all-round development of women and gender equality in true spirit of the International Women’s Day-2021 theme- “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.
In 2022 as well, Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar had issued a ‘Government Order’ (GO) for special casual leave for all women employees on International Women’s Day.
- India seems to be losing its plot on women empowerment
- Instead of making women equal, each and every government is outperforming the other, to appease women
- It actually suits political leaders to give privileges to women, keeping them as weaker sex, thereby, re-asserting that women are not equal to men
- There is also a new PIL in the Supreme Court for paid menstrual leaves for women employees
- Such drastic orders may only lead to many mid-size and small-size set ups to stop hiring women in the future
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