WHERE THE mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action-
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.
12/UNIT1/LESSON 1/SPEECH-Education is the Key to Women Empowerment
A speech on Education is the Key to Women Empowerment.(REF-PAGE 12,TEXT)
GOODMORNING TO ALL ,LADIES AND GENTLEMEN ALIKE ,ON THIS DAY,8TH OF MARCH , WHICH IS OBSERVED AS INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR WOMEN.
If you educate a boy, you train a man. If you educate
a girl, you train a village.
This ADAGE tells us a serious truth.
Education of women is
really pivotal. Then you will ask me ,”But…Aren’t girls getting education
in India ?”
Yes.Most of them have a chance to step into the primary
schools. Then many of them are forced to discontinue learning or disappear forever. The plight of the medical
student Nirbhaya in Delhi speaks nothing else.
It is a mindboggling fact that even in this modern era, women in India face a lot of challenges.
We have heard a lot about the Nirbhaya documentary. No one
would forget the sufferings of Jyoti Singh in Delhi. What caused the miseries
of that poor girl ?
The documentary –they say-points out that she was punished for venturing outside the
house at night !
A woman should not behave like this !She should not have
done like that !
Dear friends, This is the mindset of the majority of Indians.
We don’t have a concept of equality for women .The women in India
are treated like lesser human beings. The women in India are marginalized, sidelined,
humiliated, and shunned away from public spheres.
They are not given any top jobs.
You may speak about Kiran Bedi.
but how many Kiran bedis, do we have in india ? Not many.
How many women get recognition like Smitha Patil ? Only a
How many of them get elevated to the ranks of Indira Gandhi ?
Still only a few.
And why do women lag behind ? Why do women get killed even before
coming out of their mother’s womb ? Even the parents are prejudiced against
Dear friends, if you have a vision that our India must shine as a great Nation,you have an uphill task here.
Come down to the ground realities.
Most women in India do not have access to higher education.
Most women in India can not claim equal rights to their ancestral property.
Most women in India do not have any role in decision making.
Not in their state.Not in their village.Not in their family.
Most women in India are not paid well though they are made
to toil for hours like slaves.
Is this good for the development of our Nation ? No.
When women are not paid well,50 percent of Indians are not
paid well.That will affect our ecomomy.
When women are disrespected,humiliated or exploited, a major
chunk of Indians are disrespected ,humiliated
or exploited .That will affect our pride and unity.
That’s why we speak about supporting women. Empowering women.
That is what we need now. For women empowerment, there are three requisites
according to Christine Lagarde-learning,labour and leadership.
.Yes.The chairperson of the IMF is right.
Education is the first and the foremost factor of women
empowerment. If a girl is educated, she will have confidence. She will have employable
Community groups like Kudmubasrees will enhance their financial status. Entrepreneurship will lead them to power.
Employment will make her stronger and daring to take up new
challenges in the workplace.
She can leave her comfort zone now and fly high
like a bird.
They –I mean, the educated women-will become team leaders with
the right mindset and making the right decisions at the right time.
Education can change the mindset.
This is what our country needs now. The right mindset. Compassion
for the weaker section. Ensuring equality for men and women. Strengthening women empowerment.
This change will make India a heaven of freedom , equality and
growth as great poets like Tagore had envisioned.
Education for women-qualty education for all women- is the key
to WOMEN EMPOWERMENT .
As Malala Yousafzai ,the
Nobel prize winner for Peace this year says,
One pen ,one book and
one teacher can change the world…of women.