Every day when I open the newspapers or watch news channels, I am left wondering what kind of a society we live in and what are we going to leave behind. Millions of Indians face discrimination because of gender, caste, religion, social and economic backgrounds. Instead of fading away, as our society progresses, these discriminations are digging in deeper in the society, becoming more pronounced and getting worse every day.
Now violence against women and girls, discrimination against religious and caste minorities, and the inhuman treatment meted out to the most marginalised has become commonplace.These inherent discriminations manifest into high levels of inequality and poverty. And on these high levels of inequality and poverty are created very unequal societies.I believe all lives are equal. I also believe NOW is the time to ACT!
I have been closely following Oxfam India’s work and they are building a strong movement to end discrimination and create a better India. It has been working to make people aware of their rights — health and education; it has supported women, girls, men and boys to recognise and stand up against violence; it has made sure that those in power are held accountable by their constituencies; it has ensured through its work that no one is denied their right to life. I am supporting Oxfam India for the sake of my today and my tomorrow. I am raising funds for Oxfam India so that they can end discrimination and build a more equal society. I want you to join me in this endeavour.