Gender sensitization is a crucial issue in today’s world. Every day we are met with news of violence against men and women. I am not saying that only women are the sole recipient of violence, although the number of women subjected to violence is high; we often don’t acknowledge the fact that sometimes men too are the victims of violence.
One might ask ‘Why do we need gender sensitization?’
We need gender sensitization especially today because of the following reasons:-
Increasing violence against women.
Acknowledging the fact that even men can be a victim of violence.
Bottling up or not expressing the feelings due to illogical notions of patriarchy that ‘boys don’t cry’ often result in violence.
There are many more reasons which can be added to the list above, but these are the major problems due to which instilling proper gender sensitization programs become even more essential and urgent.
What is gender sensitization?
Gender sensitization is based on the principle of gender equality and spreading awareness about it.
Gender stereotypes play a crucial role in any individual’s life and it begins from the moment a young life enters this world. We often see that baby boys are dressed in blues and baby girls are dressed in pink color clothes. The same pattern is followed throughout the individual’s life – men should do this and women that. This is conditioning is done since childhood where the child is given particular toys to play with according to his/her gender to the ‘ideal’ career choices and so on. This differentiation and discrimination between the two genders often make their presence deeply felt and this often leads to the disparity between the two or emotional, psychological and social level.
A man is expected to ‘man-up’ when he is sulking or feeling low or sad. A woman is told to be submissive and act ‘like a lady’. These expectations from the society often lead constrict the voice of both the genders and each of them retaliates in a particular way.
This progression is not an overnight one but develops in a matter of years.
Unfortunately, the gender sensitization also doesn’t work like a magic potion and it takes a lot of time to un-learn things with which an individual grows up. It takes some time for men to realize that there is nothing wrong with expressing their feelings and, in fact, it is a healthy habit to do so. Similarly, it takes time for women to realize that they need not be submissive all the time and that they can have their say in matters they feel relevant.
Gender sensitization needs to happen on a large scale and people should realize that the equality between the sexes can be very crucial for the well-being of any healthy society.
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