“A gender-equal society would be one where the word ‘gender’ does not exist: where everyone can be themselves”. – Gloria Steinem
Human rights are based on moral principles for the equal treatment of all humans, irrespective of their gender, religion, caste, or sexual orientation. It entails some of the most crucial fundamental rights of every human being. i:e: The right to life and liberty, freedom from discrimination, slavery, and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work and education, and more. Laws are governed in order to prevent and tackle gender-based violence and discrimination and to protect this freedom.
Gender equality means that women and men, girls and boys, transpersons, queer persons, and the spectrum of genders to enjoy the same rights, resources, opportunities, economic participation, decision-making, and protections. However, here’s a question to ponder on – are we on track to fight against these injustices, and prejudice or are we still by-standers? The harrowing reports on violence against LGBTQIA+ communities’ are alarming and we need to fight for the rights of our fellow humans.
Pandemic has been strenuous for the survival of this community and the rise in domestic violence is still not curbed. Though, all hope is not lost because nonprofits like Wajood and Sarathi Trust are working relentlessly on the field to make sure adequate availability of food and medicines to the people from one of the most vulnerable communities.
Raising funds on Crowdera enabled them to distribute ration kits and essential medical supplies to the LGBTQ+ community. Activists like Anand Chandrani are working extensively to spread awareness concerning human rights and gender equality for the LGBTQ+ community. With the help of Crowdera, Anand successfully raised funds to host the Pride Parade in Nagpur early this year.
It’s time for society to leave prejudice behind and come forward to fight gender-based violence and discrimination. Let’s aim to educate ourselves and others to fight against misogyny, sexism, transphobia, homophobia, queerphobia, within ourselves and around us, for the fundamentals of ‘right to life’ and ‘freedom of expression’.
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