The Middle Path
Updated: Jun 20, 2020
-why a lot of women are not in schools and what we can do about it-
By Sanvi Khaitan*
When we show the world how knowledgeable the females of our society are, we still tend to push those who are not under the carpet- like the omnipresent dust that just ‘stays’ on the floor, invisible, yet bothering.
While literate female personalities are trying their best to sew back our shattered society, discrimination shows its ugly head from time to time and continues to point an accusing finger at us. Marriage successfully overrides education. Early marriage causes able girls to drop out of the schools they deserve a place in.
Violation in schools is another reason women prefer staying at home. Not only is it against their human rights, but also one of the prime reasons women drop out at early ages.
Daughters are often perceived to be less valuable and less productive than boys, and thus, male siblings are given the ticket of education rather than girls. When there is an economic crisis, the boys get the books and girls get the list of house chores.
Money spent on the education of girls, is considered money wasted while that spent on the males is viewed as sowing seeds for the future.
Sanitation just adds to the existing problems. Girls, particularly those who are menstruating, do not go to school because of the lack of privacy and hygiene.
People who live in war areas are also deprived of education, lack of female teachers, disabilities and poor countries are other impactful reasons.
The most common reason is the remnant matriarchy itself. Psychological, social, economic, legal, religious and traditional barriers restrict people from extending the span of knowledge to girls.
In today’s world, when we all make banners and paint our faces and shout slogans of feminism and women education, we are required to remind ourselves the meaning of equality even within the gender itself.
We see affluent female figures holding files and laptops, with pencil skirts and poised bodies, and be proud of them, forgetting those who have the same blood running in their veins, carrying brooms, wearing torn clothes and having an equally able mind.
This battle is not over yet. There is still a long, long way to go. The education of one woman does not change it for the others.
But are the ways we follow enough to achieve the views we have for our future?
“How can we affect change in the world if only half of it is invited or feels welcome to participate in the conversation?”
*Sanvi Khaitan is a 10th standard student of Sanskriti The Gurukul, Guwahati. She loves writing poetry, blogs, articles and stories. She independently runs her own blog (sanvikhaintan.wordpress.com)