WHAT FREEDOM MEANS TO ME?
FROM THE VOICE OF AN UNBORN CHILD
I am a five month old girl fetus beginning to take shape and grow in my mother’s womb. I give her friendly kicks to show that I am alive and playing and most importantly eager to arrive to see and live in the real world. So please GIVE ME THE FREEDOM TO BE BORN.
FROM THE VOICE OF A LITTLE GIRL
I am as much a child to my parents as my brother and no way inferior to any boy. Then why is it that right from day one I need to follow a rule book and face restrictions which boys don’t? My brother should also help in the household chores along with me and I am also entitled to go to the same school as him and have the best of toys like him. I know I have to be careful and at times may not be able to do all things that boys do but please GIVE ME THE FREEDOM TO ENJOY MY CHILDHOOD AND BE TREATED IMPARTIALLY.
FROM THE VOICE OF A COLLEGE STUDENT
I have studied so hard to get admission in a professional college but why am I not encouraged whole heartedly. The fact that I am good in academics and enjoy studying cannot be digested easily neither at home nor at college. Why is that boys think girls have no brains and are capable of only rote learning and why is it that they think that girls can’t have fun? Why are we victims of such biased attitude? Why should our ultimate goal be to get married and have children? Though I have the opportunities please GIVE ME THE FREEDOM TO HAVE AMBITIONS AND REALIZE MY DREAMS.
FROM THE VOICE OF A GIRL TO BE MARRIED
Our parents have our best interests in mind but still resort to threats, emotional blackmail and manipulate us to tow in line with their decision. Please GIVE ME THE FREEDOM TO HAVE A SAY AND TO HAVE PREFERENCES IN CHOOSING A LIFE PARTNER AS ULTIMATELY ITS ME WHO HAS TO SPEND A LIFE TIME WITH HIM.
FROM THE VOICE OF A WORKING PROFESSIONAL
When I get accolades for my work why do some colleagues attribute it to my gender? Why can’t they understand that women are also talented and equally hard working and deserve every recognition they get? Why are we at times forced to ignore the insensitive and even inappropriate remarks or actions of a male colleague? Please GIVE ME THE FREEDOM TO WORK WITHOUT BEING BRACKETED OR TARGETED.
FROM THE VOICE OF A HOMEMAKER
I am as most of you think an ordinary housewife but my job is lot tougher and round the clock. Yet, I am rarely appreciated and mostly taken for granted. What’s more some believe that my role is just confined to kitchen and kids and don’t realize that I too have an equal say in every decision making process be it regarding household, finance or kids. So please GIVE ME THE FREEDOM TO BE AN EQUAL AND RESPECTED FOR WHO I AM AND WHAT I DO.
FINALLY FROM THE COMMON VOICE OF EVERY INDIAN WOMAN IRRESPECTIVE OF AGE
PLEASE GIVE US THE FREEDOM TO FEEL SAFE AT HOME, SCHOOL, COLLEGE, ROAD, PUBLIC PLACES, WORK PLACE AND NOT LIVE IN CONSTANT FEAR OF BEING ATTACKED , HARASSED , MOLESTED OR RAPED.
India is free, women in India are free in some ways and not yet free in plenty. Catch more on freedom with Let us bring violence against women to a halt, Happy Independence Day and Is India Really Free?