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An Employee of Our Times

A woman i saw
Sorry,A working women i saw
Not very different from all
Middle-aged and illiterate
Yet the only provider for the family
With wages low and discriminatory
Timings prescribed as compulsory
Bindings without negotiations
With a job- warranty for eternity
Within a repressive culture that forces her to
Follow a practice banned by law
(of which by the way she has no clue)
Moulded to fit in and
Conditioned not to question
Forbidden not to think
Barred from opting out
Excluded from progression
Controlled to check empowerment
Chained to docility for a lifetime
Doing the job of "MANUAL SCAVENGING"


jaberbock's picture

I agree with you, but I think

I agree with you, but I think furthermore than illiterate women can offer us some knowledges, different than academic ones that only occasionally are being recovered by researchers. A great know-how about ways of cooperation, solidarity, probably because of all of this prohibitions you have mentioned.

Ambica Priyadarshini's picture

Of course...

In fact I have a lot of respect for the illiterate women in my country who according to me have both efficient as well as effective managerial skills. They possess knowledge, are skillful and most of all their resourcefulness astounds me....they practically run households based on less than minimum money and yet manage to plan on meager savings... It is basically this grit that they exhibit that inspires me a lot...And I would love the day they would be on the forefront .....

jaberbock's picture


I agree, women in your country are so brave as african and I admit that it's difficult to integrate them on the forefront as you say, because their experience in western countries is refused

udayakumar's picture

The day will come soon

I am basically from a village background. I have seen lot of illiterate women who sacrificed their life for their husband, kids and family.They are very proud to be a home maker than a working women.They are precise in decision making and handling the tough situations, which cannot be possible by academic.Nowadays no one is stopping them to come front.There are lot of changes in last 20 years.The illiterate women have the guts to fight against the family violence and other things.I really proud of them.As your dream, they will be in the forefront as an example to others

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