7 things we hear everyday on gender norms

It’s time to acknowledge that social attitudes, behaviours and practices (social norms) are fuelling extreme gender inequality.

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1. “Do what I tell you, my word is the final one”:

The age-old belief that a man has the right to assert power over a woman and is socially superior.

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2. “Stop arguing with me or else” -- *slap*:

A man has a right to “correct” or discipline female behaviour. There are times when a woman deserves to be beaten.

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3. “My father or grandfather will take the final decision”:

The patriarchal set-up of our society has ensured that a man is considered to be the head of the family. All-important family decisions are not made without their consent. 

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4. “I wish our first child is a boy”:

The wish of having a boy more than a girl so that the family lineage continues is a prevalent attitude. Girls are considered a financial burden by parents.

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5. “You are a daughter; you have no right over this house”:

Women and girls are not entitled to land or family property because it is a social belief that they will get married and go to another home. The sons inherit the property.  

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6. “It’s 7pm. Why are you still outside? Get home now!”:

It is a common practice that girls and women are expected to come back home before sundown due to the fear of harassment and violence.

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7. “Why is dinner not ready yet?”:

The women of a household are always looked at for serving hot meals or cleaning up after everyone is done eating. It is also a common practice that women would eat after everyone has eaten. 

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As Indians we have accepted these statements as part our everyday life. We look for solutions in others or the ‘system’.


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