Gender Inequality refers to health, education, economic and political inequalities between men and women in India. It also shows as gender discrimination where the girl child is considered inferior to the boy child.

On the eve of National Girl Child Day, twitter came alive with animated discussion on gender issues and equality of the sexes.

First and foremost, everyone participating in the Blogchatter twitter chat agreed that education is very important. Geethica believes that education earned can never be wasted. Richa opines that education of any kind only means that you become a better version of yourself.

The talk shifted to challenges that girls have to face in pushing for equal rights. Amrita says that at the work place, women have to fight for promotions or for maternity support. Leha and Richa both feel that girls are underestimated when it comes to their capabilities. Rashi also talked about various instances where women are treated differently just because there are certain perceptions around them being responsible for their homes alone. Women are not expected to work or earn. Geethica says that career options are limited for girls and there are certain areas which are still not considered ‘girl friendly.’

The answer, Richa says, lies in equal parenting and shared responsibility in homes that also set an example for others to follow.

The main reason for this inequality as per Rashi is that even though our society is turning modern outwardly in providing opportunities, we don’t go the entire way because of our traditional mind set.

Less or no education, financial dependence and a lack of self belief is why women don’t fight for equal opportunities, says Amrita. Sanjota says that it is our mindset that needs to change for a real change to happen in society.

Although most people said that there has been a lot of change in the status of girls in India over the years they also felt that there was a long way to go till the benefits reached the rural areas and the disadvantaged sections of the society.

However there are ways to bring about greater awareness around the issues girls face and writing is one of them. Words are a powerful medium to start conversations about de conditioning, even in the little things we do daily, says Richa. Writing has an impact that can be felt over time. Ravish says that when writing about these issues, we need to focus more on the solutions.

As a community, we can stop being judgemental about their life choices and help them get educated and gain financial freedom.

Wrapping up the chat, the community came up with their own messages. Leha says, be bold and live life unapologetically. A girl has to take initiative, stand up for herself and break barriers.

You can go through the entire chat here.

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