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Anya and Arnav were playing, when their father calls out for Anya. There is a guest in home and he wants her to bring water for the guest. Anya reluctantly went to the kitchen to get water thinking, " Why do I have to do this always? Why can't Arnav Bhaiya bring water? What is the big deal?" Then she remembered her mother's words . "It's a girl's or woman's job to do household work. No matter what you become in future, doctor, engineer or anything, you have to do household work, know how to cook, clean and do other house stuff".
Meanwhile Arnav was busy in playing thinking how cool it is to be a boy, as you don't have to do any work and nobody ask him for a glass of water every now and then like Anya. Boys don't do such work. After all his father also didn't do any work at home. I am sure most of you can relate to the story one way or another, either you were brought up with a brother like this, or have seen someone brought up like this, or may be in spite of you wanting otherwise, your children are getting same message from olders and friends. If you want to change this, you are either called too modern or someone who doesn't want to do her work i.e, you are lazy. We talk about gender discrimination, but when it comes to our home, we are still in those patriarchal practice. Few more examples in homes, which contradicts gender equality are :
We can find more such examples, which contradicts gender equality. So, if we want to teach gender equality to our children, we have to start at our home. For that, not only today's parents, but the older generation will have to understand that times have changed, and they have to help shape our children into becoming a good and responsible person, in this ever changing world.
p.s : These are my personal views, and my intention is not to hurt anyone's personal and traditional beliefs.