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In the last few decades, women empowerment has played a vital role in changing the defined gender roles in South Asian societies. With multiple innovations in mass media and as a result of the many awareness campaigns, the stereotypical ideology of where a woman belongs, has changed. A change has been witnessed in terms of the expectations society had from women, in reference to them being expected to essentially be associated with household chores, bring children and cherishing families.
The real question remains of whether or not women in society hold an equal status as men in South Asia? Whether enough opportunities are available for them to avail as there are for men? If or not women have open doors to explore different fields and pursue careers that men easily can? These questions of “whether” and all these if’s add up to a different theory of viewing our society from a feminist point of view.
This view primarily suggests that women are still not able to receive just treatment in a society that is said to be mostly dominated by men. Meritocracy is eliminated and society has been deeply indulged in walking on the paths of patriarchy. The suppression of women in terms of barriers imposed on them by their families, cultural cages shutting women down and limiting their aspirations and to talk on a wider range of issues associated with this cause, domestic violence is also highlighted.
Feminists dream to bridge the gap that holds back women from stepping ahead and out of the bubble of restrictions that they don’t have a needle to pop. Feminists wish to produce multiple needles (ways) for women, in order to educate them about their rights and life chances and wish to convince as many and help assist them to strive towards their goal, all with the help of simple awareness.
One of the most trending feminists belonging to Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai has succeeded in winning a Nobel Prize for her tireless work in the interest of women rights. Other prominent feminists from South Asia are, Mindy Kaling who worked in the sitcom, “The Mindy Project” and also Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy who produced an Oscar winning documentary in relevance to women.
These along with many other feminists are seen influencing the mindsets of a large number of South Asians and as per predictions, will continue to do so. We hope with time there are numerous emerging personalities that openly address these issues and our society as a whole can do something to curb these loopholes.