Category Archives: Guest Voices

Working Together is Success: Men and Women for Socioeconomic Development

No one can do everything at the same time in a successful way. We all know that communities are made of men and women, and children too. So if all of us can aim development, this can be a huge success because each of us will contribute depending on their capacity. If only one side is involved, the other that has been excluded will not be happy. We need all of us to be happy through supporting one another. So, being against abuse toward women makes sense since they are our mothers, our wives, our sisters, our daughters and our friends and neighbors; one village should be one people united. One head is like a torn pocket, but two heads are better than one.”

Pad Man: Why still unseen in the ‘Eyes’ of Women?

Talking about ‘Gender Equality’ is one of the profitable ‘businesses’ in the contemporary development industry around the world. Even though the civilized society disagrees and discourages trading of human, in this modern development industry, the business communities, sometimes named as civil societies, buy and sell the problems of people: poverty, discrimination, violence, etc., and also adding to it they sell people if and when possible.

Women and children specially are sold and bought, as evidence of human’s sufferings, or icons of success, or items to generate funds, and to maintain the expansion of the industry. In every business, whether production or services, there are market and value chains, where there are producers, intermediate actors, sellers and buyers. The raw materials, after going through many changes, reach the buyer with a high price, which ultimately has to be paid by the buyer for the knowledge, strategies and competencies of the intermediate persons, while the producer at the end receives nothing.

Crying Children of Myanmar

‘Child labour is work that is mentally, physically, socially or morally dangerous and harmful to children; and interferes with their schooling by: depriving them of the opportunity to attend school; obliging them to leave school prematurely; or requiring them to attempt to combine school attendance with excessively long and heavy work’. [International Labour Organization ––en/index.htm].

There are 1.9 billion children representing the world population [UN data]. Amongst these numbers, 168 million children are imprisoned by child labour, which is almost 11% of the total child population. 68 million female and 100 million male children engage with hazardous work. [World report on child labour 2015: Paving the way to decent work for young people / International Labour Office. Geneva: ILO, 2015].

Gender Equality; is it about Women?

Gender refers to the socioeconomic, cultural, political and technological and environmental attributes and opportunities associated with being male and female. The attributes and opportunities are dynamic and changeable over a period of time with cultural and societal variations, and socio-political agendas of power holders. Changes in gender happen within and between cultures due to the social intersectionality. Gender while culturally valued and interprets persons’ biology, it socially and politically determines the role, status and power that persons should have.