Friday, 16 August 2013

A Different Kind of Hardship

        

What would you call poverty that is not the lack of money but an inhibition of rights? What if you
live in a society with 100% literacy but no sense of liberation?

For reasons known but rarely mentioned, it is always/mostly a woman who bears the brunt of this in Kerala society. Their basic right to decide has been taken away, sometime because of a chauvinistic husband, sometimes owing to family burdens and so on. The reasons are numerous and every woman has a different struggle.

On the other side of this very society, women are finding their own meaning, their purpose. The hope is small but sure. By training them, by strengthening them with required skills, giving them the freedom of work, Tara is giving its women back their basic right to have a choice.

I don’t promise them freedom from their helplessness, nor do I pride myself with uplifting them. I am just someone creating an opportunity for them to help themselves. I have the means and have equal need for them; this relationship is symbiotic.

1 comment: