In India, separate social conduct is expected from a male and a female. While there has been a lot of talk on gender empowerment and equality, the reality is that the women are considered secondary in their status within the household and workplace. While this discriminatory attitude is subtly present in urban India, in rural India the discrimination is much more apparent. Patriarchy continues to hold its grip.
An 8-year old boy and his 11-year old older sister are interviewed in Uttar Pradesh about their daily activities. The gender disparities in the division of household chores come to the fore. The story powerfully demonstrates how difficult it is for girls to aspire to the same educational qualifications as boys, to this day.
When sixteen-year-old Rohit from Chhattisgarh started helping his mother and sister with household chores, people used to make fun of him. But this plucky young boy says ‘I give appropriate responses to them so they don’t say anything anymore’.
Video #3 – Different Beats: Being a Female Tabla Player
Mithu Tikadar is a musician, considered unusual in her choice of instrument: the tabla. Traditionally seen as the domain of male practitioners, Mithu constantly encounters discrimination in her field. The worst was when her aunt told a young Mithu that she was a disgrace to all women. While she continues to face gender discrimination, Mithu is progressing in life – one step at a time.
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