Striving for Equality – Class 7 Social Science Notes

Striving for equality is a key feature of our constitution. It seeks to give equal opportunities, be it a male or a female, without discrimination. But as we saw inequality does exist in terms of nonappreciation of women’s unpaid jobs, household work, and paid jobs. Learn more about the steps that have been taken while striving for equality.

The government realizes that the onus of family and household care in a patriarchal country like India eventually falls on the women and has, therefore, taken measures in this direction. This directly means that government will have to ensure that women are able to attend schools and not fall victim to the burden of household chores.

To enable women to work, the government has set up several anganwadis or child care centers in the country. It has also made it mandatory that any organization having more than 30 women employees must make arrangements for cr’eche which enable child care. Such arrangements can create conditions for women to work outside the home and also facilitate the education of girls.

In an effort to reduce harassment of women at work, the government is also in the process of introducing a bill on sexual harassment at the workplace. This bill would definitely help women combat the embarrassing situations that they have to face at work just because they are women.

Unless and until society and the government break the gender stereotypes, the inequality of gender will continue at home and at the workplace. In urban areas, gender inequality is decreasing at the workplace in India though efforts are being made to change it in the rural areas also.

Read More: Struggle for Equality: Fighting For The Displaced People

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