International Women’s Day will be celebrated today. This day is celebrated on the 8th of March every year to help forge a gender equal world, celebrate women’s achievements and increasing visibility. The theme this year is “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”.
Women world over are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, and are still not present in equal numbers in business or politics. However, a significant change has been witnessed and there is an attitudinal shift in both women’s and society’s thoughts about women’s equality and emancipation.
AIR correspondent reports that NDA government has taken a number of steps to empower women in the country.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao initiative in 2015 to ensure survival, protection and empowerment of the girl child.
The objectives of this initiative are to prevent of gender biased sex selective elimination, and to ensure survival and protection of the girl child.
After the launch of the scheme, the sex ratio at birth has improved from 923 to 931. Government also enacted the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act in 2019 to abolish the practice of instant Triple Talaq.
With the scrapping of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir last year, women can now buy real estate and transfer property to children, even if they get married to a non-resident.
With launch and widespread implementation of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, there is no need for women to venture into forests to get firewood for cooking.