While we celebrated women’s achievements and accomplishments on International Women’s day, it is still glaringly evident that gender inequality persists. Though women have come a long way in the last 100 years, they are still underrepresented in political and corporate leadership and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers.
The need of the hour is societal change; the recognition of women as indispensable nurturers and equal partners, whose inputs are necessary in building our societies to become inclusive, stable and mature environments.
It is imperative that we raise our children the right way, if we want to become a gender equal society. The onus lies on each one of us as parents and then, on educators. Education as a tool for empowerment has been a recognised fact. Governments and educational institutions must continue to create systems and environments which ensure that no girl is left behind in the race to a rightful place in the world nor denied access to a meaningful life.
For every woman who won a nobel prize, there are a million others who silently contribute. Inequity in pay, threat of violence and lack of family support are some of the day-to-day battles that face women worldwide. There is a grave need for more conversations, policy changes as well as funding towards women’s initiatives. We as individuals must honour, uplift and help women propel to greater heights.
JAIN has fostered diversity as an employer. A bulk of the teaching and support team comprises of women. Always a part of initiatives that promote women, the University takes pride in preparing and galvanising female students for a future that offers them unprecedented opportunities.
A bulk of this issue has been put together by a team of women. We are going a step ahead this time by featuring several remarkable women. Our cover story highlights the contribution of our female support staff, who form the silent back bone of our daily operations. We are also pleased to share an interesting conversation with Karthyayani Amma, the extraordinary woman who topped the Kerala literacy test at the age of 96!
Writing appears to be a lost art among the younger generation. Jain University Press recently organised a country-wide story contest for children. Please read more about it in our inner pages. Taking it a notch further, this issue’s Travel section has been penned by a 10-year-old. We hope to feature many more pieces by children and young adults in the coming issues.
The Health section brings to focus Postpartum Depression, a highly underdiagnosed illness that affects women. An interesting new show in Contemporary performance is reviewed in the Arts section, also by a reputed female artist.
Only when our women flourish can we aim for a 100 per cent successful society. On your part, we request that you support women and encourage them to thrive.
Today is a good day to start.
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