According to UNICEF, gender equality "means that women and men, and girls and boys, enjoy the same rights, resources, opportunities and protections. It does not require that girls and boys, or women and men, be the same, or that they be treated exactly alike.”
The text book definition goes like this :
“gender equality, is the state of equal ease of access to resources and opportunities regardless of gender, including economic participation and decision-making; and the state of valuing different behaviors, aspirations and needs equally, regardless of gender.”
Gender equality is a human right, more than a fight. Out of a population of1.3 billion, 65.2 crore are girls. Almost half the population of India is represented by girls, women. With issues like gender equality still persisting, it causes the social progress to stagnate, promotes poverty, illiteracy, along with many other problems.
Gender Equality will help in economic, social and cultural development of the country. It is important to understand the gender equality does not mean less opportunities for men, it means opportunities for one and all. Equality in all spheres - education, workplace, household, politics is important to become a liberal nation. Equality, in the sense that, both men and women, enjoy the same opportunities, power, rights and obligations in all spheres of life.
Gender inequality stems from gender bias and stereotypes, old traditions, which Indian society needs to get rid of.Gender Equality is more than Woman Empowerment. It not only gives women their inalienable rights, but it benefits humanity as a whole.
But the lives of men are just as strongly influenced by gender as those of women. Societal norms and conceptions of masculinity and expectations from men as leaders, husbands or sons create demands on men and shape their behaviour. Men are too often expected to concentrate on the material needs of their families, rather than on the nurturing and caring roles assigned to women. The pressure sometimes breaks the man, they give in to alcohol consumption, substance abuse in order to compensate with the growing expectations everyone has from them.
As of 2017, gender equality is the fifth of seventeen sustainable development goals of the United Nations.
The Plane Jar is a non profit, youth activism forum based in Mumbai. It was founded to help reduce the prejudice and stigma in society regarding various sujects such as harassment, abuse and mental illness. It was founded by Esha Sridhar, at the age of eighteen when she began recovering from her Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (P.T.S.D.). To help aid her personal healing process, she started her putting happy thoughts in a jar. Each thought was written on a piece of paper, turned into a plane, and put inside the jar. She wanted to create something similar with her non-profit. She wished that it would become a community of safety and a place that the youth could call home. Thus, came the name, “The Plane Jar.” Each plane would be a happy thought in society’s jar and would help make society a better, safer and more comforting place Since The Plane Jar was founded in June 2017, we have worked with multiple organisations in and with their aid have had a vast outreach among various age groups. Just this summer, in the first week of May, we conducted a first of it’s kind, Primary Child Abuse Respondent training week called Child Abuse Awareness and Survivor’s Assistance (CA.A.S.A) in collaboration with Tata Institue of Social Sciences (T.I.S.S) and Mind & Me Mental Heath Services. Apart from collaborative work, The Plane Jar believes that youth sensitization through social media campaigns and talks is small but sure step forwards towards more accepting society. Support groups, safe space workshops, sex education workshops and survey research is also a part of TPJ's daily functioning.