International Women’s Day is a worldwide recognition for women’s struggle over decades to overcome social, economic, cultural and political injustices.
This challenging journey has witness lots of obstacles and hindrances but it has evolved and has shown progressive trends. Women across the world wish and are fighting their battle to establish their little universe in this world that is loving and respectful towards them. Each Year on International Women’s Day we come forward to demonstrate the vulnerabilities and strengths of women and how they are overcoming the same to establish their rightfully equal space in the world community. After all Women deserve an equal status.
A world which is gender equal,
No more biases, stereotypes and typecasts.
A world that is diverse, inclusive and mindful,
A world where heart is valued more than body.
We were and we are responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day.
Let’s break the bias in our homes.
Let’s break the bias in our communities.
Lets’ break the bias in our workplaces.
Let’s break the bias in our schools, colleges and universities.
Let’s heal the wounds and love the souls.
This Women’s Day Together lets #BreakTheBias.
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KORAL DAS GUPTA
Koral Dasgupta has authored an eclectic range of stories from academic nonfiction to relationship dramas. Her books are discussed from the context of gender studies, art, myth and ecocritical literature. She is currently working with Pan Macmillan on the five-book Sati series – a retelling of the stories of the Pancha Kanya from Indian mythology. Koral is the founder of www.tellmeyourstory.biz and conducts writing programmes and critical thinking workshops for educational and corporate floors. Her website is www.koraldasgupta.com
Her Latest book on the way is Draupadi
- What Does Women Day mean to you?
Frankly, it doesn’t mean much. Titles disturb me. These titles feel like a celebration hosted to hide the hard secret that nothing much is happening to combat the cause. In all world woman’s choices are still considered to be peripheral, others are entitled to decide what is right for her. Judgement is passed insensitively. Look around and you will feel the world introducing fancy words like superwomen to cage women further into an expectation of over-perfection. Individuals and groups reinforce their contributions in women empowerment – a term that I find grossly disrespectful and coined primarily to feed consumerist campaigns. Any movement in favor of feminism should begin with men because there is the need to unlearn and relearn. Women are already empowered. Women’s Day unfortunately does very little to reinforce social empowerment.
- Are You a feminist or Equalist?
I don’t relate to the boxes that try to bind identities with definitions. I have a problem with ‘fitting in’ to an ideological structure. It is restrictive. I believe that genders are complementary forces with non-exclusive strengths and weaknesses. Earlier we recognize and respect, better it will be for civilization. Every kind of politics – gender or otherwise – is a power game. The divisive effects of power always interfere with the creative potentials of a population. Harmony is productive and uncomplicated.
- You are a wife of successful and an eminent writer & Country’s leading Party’s Spokesperson, have you ever felt that you are living in his shadow?
No, never. We are two different individuals with very different chain of thoughts. We are working on things that are diverse and unrelated. His pursuits do not match with mine. We make fun of each other, we differ and fight and pull each other’s legs on the differences, we sober down and tend to learn from each other. Since we think differently, we manage to bring a lot more on the table compared to a like-minded couple. Being honest with each other, we don’t mince others while expressing ourselves. It sometimes make us uncomfortable and we get defensive, but it helps us to reconcile with a broader perspective and reverse arguments. That is creatively enriching.
- What do you think is the core reason women face biases around the world and yet are numb about it?
In every culture, the children are taken through the stories of mythology at a very young age to shape their imagination and pride for origin. The stories introduce them to brave men, protecting weak women whose foolishness led to devastating wars. People are culturally fed to think of women as side-characters who aren’t capable of leadership. Add to this the regular visual and cognitive reinforcement where women’s dignity is compromised in small or big ways in domestic and social space. Women are perceived as problems and any problem needs correction. We grow up thinking that it is everyone’s moral obligation and right to correct women. Else they will create troubles. The bias is obvious.
- Have you ever encountered any kind of bias and how have you faced it?
Many, like every other woman. The funniest one is, when my first book came out someone asked if my husband did a ghostwriting job for me. I told her that yes, he did because it helps him in saving taxes! As a learner, as a mother, as a professional, my talent has been mercilessly insulted. I think this is not just my story. It is a collective narrative. I have sometimes been silent, else I have been vocal. I chose silence many times to save my own time and head-space from a toxic exchange. Since I am an author, they come out in my writings. I have spoken out especially to those who are level-headed and are capable of listening to me with empathy. We have to understand that bias is sometimes unintentional. In such cases, speaking out raises awareness. A good conversation often dismisses biases and the ‘biased’ eventually becomes a changemaker.
- Are there any thumb rules in your marriage that it beautifully qualifies to be marriage of two equals? Do you recommend any beliefs or must dos for our readers?
No thumb rules. We are two good-hearted people who are fond of each other and respectful towards each other. We forgive each other’s flaws and try to find happiness in whatever good God has blessed us with. Most importantly, we don’t try to rehash our mistakes as our pride. This very quality has helped us to trust each other. Obviously, the relationship has his commitment and contribution as much as it has mine.
- Your Message to the world on this year’s global campaign #breakthebias?
All of us can become change makers if we can overcome the bias in our own lives and inspire others to overcome theirs. Respect is the keyword.
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