i pledge to #actequal
I believe and promise to uphold the ideals of equality and justice at my home, at my workplace and also in the wider society that I am part of. I urge that efforts put in by women who stay at home must be counted as productive work and recognized so, in India’s statistical exercises like Census and NSSO. Schemes that encourage women staying at home to form collectives and start small business enterprise must be initiated and promoted across the country.
75% of India’s farmhands are women. Hence she should be equally recognized as a farmer, irrespective of her gender or caste and must be given equal access to land ownership and credit schemes. Workplaces must encourage equal treatment of women by providing her support systems in the form of a creche, particularly women in unorganized sectors like domestic work, tea garden work, construction work etc.
In the formal sector, I support the idea of equal paternity leave and maternity leave that divides the responsibility of child care equally amongst parents. I pledge to campaign for equality and social justice in my home, at my housing society, at my workplace and in all public sphere. This is my New Year resolution. 2016 may well be the year that makes women’s equality a lived reality.
issue being addressed
Equality and justice at home, at workplace and also in the wider society Women who stay at home must be counted as productive work force and recognized so
Recognition to 75% of India’s farmhand (who are women) as Farmers and must be given equal access to land ownership and credit schemes.
Encouragement to women staying at home to form collectives and start small business enterprise
Equal paternity leave and maternity leave that divides the responsibility of child care equally amongst parents
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO SUPPORT US?
At the current rate, over half a million women will DIE as a result of domestic violence by 2030. SPEAK UP.ACT.AGAINST VIOLENCE
Unpaid domestic work by women in India is worth Rs.1.75 lakh crore every year! Recognize.Respect.If we add up the distance that every rural woman in India walked in a year, just to carry water, the aggregate would be 64,000 times the distance between earth and moon. Yet, household work is not recognized as ‘economically productive work’. Why? It’s time to.
Worldwide, an estimated 43,600 women are killed every year, by an intimate partner or a family member.THIS MUST STOP.
Women form half of India’s population. But are only 11% in India’s Lak Sabha and 10.6% in India’s Rajya Sabha.Is this EQUALITY?
One in every two girls is forced to drop out of school before class 10.This must END. True progress is when girls progress.
In India, under the age of 6, there are only 919 girls to 1000 boys.Why not 1000: 1000? The average income of a woman in India is US$ 1,185, compared to US$ 3,698 for the men employed in India’s corporate sector. Why should it be so?
how can you support
Talk about ActEqual with your circle of friends and colleagues; Practice Equality at home and work-space. Share responsibilities. Act Equal!
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Support our fight to defeat patriarchy and bring about social justice for women and girls who are forced to bear the brunt of this unjust system and to challenge the patriarchal institutions which legitimize discrimination and elimination of girl children.