The word equality seems not to give much support to women, around the world. There is automatically a sort of inequality resulting from gender differentiation. There are female footballers, who cannot play in a men’s team, identically women wrestlers will never wrestle with men wrestlers and the same is true for all kinds of sports that we witness in the Olympics. That amount of segregation is providential. Reproductive discriminations are warranted in the very nature of human beings. This brings me to another concept of equality bordering on equity.
Women are capable of doing virtually anything that men can do, including intellectual and creative work. We can explore a finer dimension of making women yet stronger through empowerment resulting from preferential legislation. They should be facilitated extra to compensate for physical weaknesses. This concept of empowerment exists in international conventions like CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women). The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is an international treaty adopted in 1979 by the United Nations General Assembly. Described as an international bill of rights for women, it was instituted on 3 September 1981 and has been ratified by 189 states.
In lesser-developed countries, women are ages away from equality and have to be supported and brought into the mainstream of social and economic development through special legislations. Women are the victims of violence around the world regardless of affluence, therefore women will require more than equal rights to get the requisite security.
I feel we should be the champions for women of the world and therefore we must ensure that women are given all requisite education and training to be able to exercise that legal right for attaining equality. Capacity building will take quite some time for women of the world and till such time, they must be given preferential treatment and protection so as not to be unnerved and prevented from exercising equality.
Equality does not mean Justice, and it also does not mean Empowerment. Women should be empowered to make their own decisions. Without that empowerment, equality is nothing. The word Equality is overrated and misused. A woman needs to be treated better than a man, and not equal to a man.