Topic-Role of women, Social empowerment.
3) With wide-ranging support intended for gender equality, a substantial portion of urban India ruminates that women are responsible for domestic chores including child-rearing. Examine. (250 words)
Why this question:
The article provides for deep insights on data that shows despite broad support for gender equality, a significant portion of Urban India still believes that women are responsible for child-rearing.
Key demand of the question:
The answer must appreciate the fact that though urban India is moving forward with the thoughts of gender equity the conservative mindset of believing women to be responsible for domestic chores is still prevalent. You must discuss the causes of such mindset and consequences.
Examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we have to look into the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications
Structure of the answer:
Brief upon the scenario of gender equity present in the urban India, use cues from the article quote some data/facts.
- Body of the answer should discuss multiple factors – first discuss the concept of gender equity applied to Urban India, how is it different from the rural India. Discuss with factors such as – men and women are supportive of women working outside home, Pay parity desirable to both urban men and women, Higher educated respondents are more supportive towards women working etc.
- Then move on to discuss the challenges – Women are occupied with domestic responsibilities such as child-rearing, parental burden across the gender divide, conservative views etc.
- Suggest what should be done ? – example – work from home policy envisaged by the government, creches at workplaces, awareness, empowerment etc.
Conclude with significance of gender equality.