By Rhea Christian
Equality means state of being equal, especially in status, rights, or opportunities. But where do we stand in terms of equality? In the past we have seen inequality based on race, gender and our financial status or caste. The Dalits are mistreated in India, they are not allowed near the temples and the mob violence against them are very cruel and harsh. In some rural areas the Dalits are not allowed to wear shoes when they walk through some higher caste neighborhood. In the US, Black workers are less likely than white workers to be employed in a job that is consistent with their level of education. In 2019, there are only 4 black CEOs in Fortune 500 list and out of those 4 CEOs not one is a woman.
As humans, both the genders are equal, but how true is that statement? Women have less opportunities for economic participation than men and less access to education and safety. Survey says that globally, women earn 16% less in average hourly wages and 22% less in median monthly wages, with large variations between countries, this is because people of the company think that women cannot give their 100% attention to the workplace when they start a family. Research says that in India women's labour force has dropped from 30.4% to 23.4% over the past two decades. There are only 33 women CEOs in the list of Fortune 500, 2019. In the rural areas, some people still believe that sending a girl to school is just waste of time and money. They think girls are fit to do household works and not study. Study says that 40% of 15 to 18 year old girls are out of school and around 65% preoccupied by household errands.
This society only respects those who are financially stable and mistreats the poor. Sometimes life can be unfair to the poor people. They cannot pursue education because they cannot afford the good colleges. They have to settle for whatever they can afford and work hard and still get low wages. But the rich person can get into a good college and get a good job. The people don't understand that equality means the right to enjoy access to the use of attribute but in poverty the right is missing and there is no one to correct it. Inequality and poverty are related and to reduce poverty we should limit inequality. "I believe discrimination still exists in society and we must find it in every way" ~ANDREW CUOMO