I found this advertisement of Aljazeera as campaign called ‘hear the human sroty’ at the station and this let me stand in front of it to think deeply about women’s rights furthermore human’s basic rights. In recent years, although many people enjoy the rights and freedoms, there are still many countries which have injustice, inequality, violence and exploitation against women.According to the ‘Measuring the Global Gender Gap (Schwab, et al., 2013)’, the Middle East, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the Pacific region were ranked in the last place as the worst areas for economic, educational, political gender gap and women’s health and survival relative to that of men. These countries considerably adhere to old custom which women are submissive and humble. In particular, Saudi Arabia and India have had big issues of women’s rights. However, they have started new movements in order to change their long-lasting conventions in terms of passive women in their societies as if other developed countries had gone through. These countries are taking small steps toward enhancing women’s rights.
In 2006, the Gulabi Gang is a remarkable women’s movement led by Sampat Pal Devi in the Banda District of Uttar Pradesh in Northern India which is in the poorest region. (GulabiGang, n.d.) This group originally started to discipline oppressive men. However, currently they are protesting against rigid caste divisions, female illiteracy, domestic violence, child labour and child marriages. (AlJazeera, 2014) This women’s group was identified as ‘Pink’ Gang since the members unify pink saris with bamboo sticks. (GulabiGang, n.d.) Although the members of Gulabi Gang are poor, they are struggling to solve the problem about fair public rationing of food for residents who live below the poverty line in India as well as women’s rights by pursuing direct action.
AlJazeera, 2014. Hear the human story. [Online] Available at: http://www.aljazeera.com/pressoffice/2014/11/hear-human-story-20141135433755976.html [Accessed 14 November 2014].
GulabiGang, n.d. Gulabi Gang. [Online] Available at: http://www.gulabigang.in/ [Accessed 15 November 2014].
Schwab, K. et al., 2013. The Global Gender Gap Report, Geneva: World Economic Forum.