VOF Week 2: Reality of my times
Typically I am not that different from the other 24year olds residing in the urban areas of my country. I had been fortunate enough to avail education that has given me independence, individuality and confidence. Unfortunately I do not represent the millions other 24 year olds, who are victims of domestic violence and forced marriages, who bound by meaningless traditional value systems are suffering various social evils and stigma for no fault of their own.I do not mean to sound immensely negative but my briefest contact with rural areas of my country has made realize the vast disparities, taboos and constraints women and girls face in the country.
Caste , Community, Religion, Class are the determinants of the fate of individuals. In addition to these GENDER plays the cross cutting factor binding women at various levels.
My personal story began when I involved in various volunteer work during my college days. What began as an extra curricular activity changed my perspective, likes, dislikes... making me more interested in attaining equality for the voiceless and the conveniently forgotten/ignored people living within as well outside the so called civilized society. My line of work in the development sector enabled me to understand the complexities of the Indian rural terrain. I have come to realize the "one size fits all" method is ineffective to the challenges.But unfortunately the prevailing biases in the system remain unfavorable towards creating/implementing sustainable solutions.
The silver lining for my story however comes from the fact that I can recount the stories of the nameless many because I have the access and the ability to do so. I firmly believe writing about the the injustices that happen can create the first step towards recognition of the numerous senseless taboos, customs and so on. It is only when light is shed on issues will people in power start to acknowledge them and start working towards erasing them.
Today's insensitive media often shrugs its responsibility as the FOURTH ESTATE, it is instead happy to remain the namesake spectator obsessed with television rating points. It is at this juncture that I find platforms like blogging, WEB 2.0 , social networking communities/groups, discussion forums a more effective medium for communication and change.