A group of panellist comprising of director of the Centre for Health and Social Justice, in India and clinical assistant professor of the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA, Abhijit Das; executive director of SAMYAK, an NGO based in Pune, Anand Pawar; British-Indian politician Baroness Shreela Flather; senior program manager in Plan India, Charu Anand; entrepreneur, philanthropist Jyotsana Kaur Habibullah and founding trustee and former CEO of SAFP Shivani Bhardwaj discussed on the topic, ‘Disrupting Masculinity at Workplace’ as part of the Difficult Dialogues 2018 on Saturday. During the discussion the panellists discussed several issues faced by the women working in several sectors and suggested solutions.
Baroness Shreela Flather stressed upon the simple things like education which is very important. “Public schools are useless because teachers don’t show up. Also we should use is simple language that everyone can understand”, said Flather adding that we need to create opportunities for poor women to work. Jyotsana Kaur who works with rural women in UP said: “There is a need for skills development in the areas they are working in.”
Anand Pawar cited an instance where a lady was expected to manage the household chores besides having a full time job. “My NGO got a call from a woman who earns a salary of one lakh in Pune but her partner she lived with beat her saying that she doesn’t give him a cup of tea on the weekend,” he said.
Das pointed out that not many men are part of the domestic arena. “As women we work more, in the formal sector, by taking up professional jobs and informal arenas like domestic help or daily wage labourers, men aren’t working as much as women in the domestic arena,” he said. Expressing herself she said that she has personally experienced how women benefit when their wages are increased. Charu said: “A whole lot of positive changes took place with the women in the community I work in when a small pay raise was made,” she said.
(The Navhind Times is the Media Partner of the event)