Creating positive spaces that foster gender equality

Dr. Chenraj Roychand
Published: May 2019
Dr. Roychand Chenraj

JAIN has placed an emphasis on educating women ever since we laid the foundation of the University. It is reflected in all our policies and we invite think-tanks, scholars, parents and educators to join hands with us.

How can we define a nation’s health? Are quantitative indicators such as GDP, fiscal deficit rates and the state of physical infrastructure enough to gauge how a country is doing? Emerging voices of social scientists and experts state that it is not. The qualitative indicators are equally significant and the quality of life that women enjoy in a country is one among these.

Defining qualitative indicators is never easy but the United Nations has listed a number of parameters for measuring how the women are faring in a country. Women-centric economic structures, their participation in productive activities and access to resources feature prominently amongst these.

Economic structures that foster gender equality at the workplace, opportunities for professional development and a culture that supports work-life balance are highly critical for women to engage in productive activities. There are laws that guarantee certain benefits for women in these areas. However, the effectiveness of laws also depend on the participation of women in formulating and implementing policies. It brings us to another indicator, that is, the participation of women in public space and decision-making.

Women in parliament and governing bodies, in the boards of companies and at the helm of affairs in the corporate structures are essential for an atmosphere of positivity and growth.

Additionally, the indicators by UN also include the human rights of women and girl children. Sadly, abuse and violence towards women are still a part of the society. Awareness, advocacy and law enforcement remain the only ways to counter it.

A close look at the indicators reveal that education and skill-based training is critical to ensure gender parity and emancipation of women. JAIN has placed an emphasis on educating women ever since we laid the foundation of the University. It is reflected in all our policies and we invite think-tanks, scholars, parents and educators to join hands with us. Let us create a positive and safe environment for women to learn, grow and succeed.

Dr. Chenraj Roychand
President

 - An entrepreneur and educationist, Dr. Roychand Chenraj is the President of Jain University Trust