Gender inequality: When Yemen girls spoke for themselves

Gender inequality: When Yemen girls spoke for themselves

Submitted by alvin on Tue, 2016-04-12 13:13 Mysuru: Coming from Yemen, where girls have no say at all in a male-dominated society, University of Mysuru gave these students an opportunity to speak for themselves on their favourite topic, gender inequality. The two-day interaction session was jointly organised by the University of Mysuru, Institute of Development Studies and Organization for the Development of People (ODP). Girls and boys, together observed that their country has fared worse than Pakistan in terms of gender inequality. Although their religious text mentions nothing about gender inequality, the male-dominated society has “modified the text” to their convenience, they complained. Thanking their parents for sending them so far and encouraging them to pursue higher education, girl students said unless men change their mindset towards women, their society will not progress. “Money does not bring changes in society. But onus is on the educated to transform the male-dominated,” said Hanan Taieb Khaled, final year MA student. She further observed that one in every two brides in Yemen is aged 18 or under. She said, out of 301 member Parliament, there was only a lone woman representing whereas there are just three women representing in 35- member cabinet. She hoped that the skewed gender ratio would soon be eradicated with the active participation of youngsters in country building. Although, India is far better when compared to Pakistan and Yemen, we still haven’t been able to bring out reservation for women in Parliament, said Dr K V Ayyanna of Institute of Development Studies. He hoped that this will soon be achieved.