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She has sparked countless and endless debates, and has inspired many an eloquent poet. The irony of her life is that even as she is worshipped as a Goddess, she is whipped as a slave.Without her, mankind would cease to exist. Always playing multiple roles, a woman endures as a mother, a lover, a friend and a ruler.
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At home with workHistory tells us the story of the world, of kingdoms and wars, and the feats of men. Some women do figure there, but only when they "give up" their femininity and adopt a traditionally masculine role, such as Jhansi ki Rani. Her story is the story of women and work in a hostile environment.

The first place where a woman works is the home. Amita, a housewife, says, "The woman is the traditional homemaker, looking after her family's daily needs. But her work goes unnoticed, as a part of the scheme of things, while the man's work done in the same period of time is paid for in money and status." Middle-class housewives used to belong to this category.

Then there are the traditional occupations of women, where women worked as teachers, nurses, or domestic help. Here there is labour for money, but "the payment is not commensurate with the work done", says Sunita, a teacher at St. Ann's. Often men working at the same jobs have less work while they get paid more.

Nowadays, though women are still considered delicate and fragile, they have spread out into many fields. Industry, commerce, interiors, textiles, beauty, fitness, health, writing, welfare… women are ubiquitous in today's workforce.

The women of this world have emerged out of their cloistered selves, giving vent to their aspirations and even their entity in the building of the world. This fact is slowly being recognised, yet there are several issues that need to be addressed with respect to working women. There is the question of sexual harassment. There is the right to equality at work and home. Then there is the question of equal pay for equal work, and the right to use that pay as they desire.

Women have crossed many a milestone but they still have miles to go before they sleep.


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Maa!Traditionally, mothers have been deified for the pains they endure for their children. Earlier, motherhood meant many different things. It meant being tied to the household, and giving up many aspirations that the woman might have had. It meant being ready to suffer anything on account of the child, from hunger to a wretched marriage. It implied marriage as a precondition to motherhood: motherhood without marriage was, and in many societies still is, a social sin.

This is no longer entirely true. Mothers are no longer tied to the household. Today, a mother is also a person, an individual with needs and goals of her own, having an identity as a woman, and even taking pride in that.

Many of today's mothers are working women, and efficiently handle things at home and at work. Renuka Choudary manages her political career as well as her home. Dr. Usha Naik juggles her practice with her responsibilities at home. Ms. V. Lalitha cheerfully fulfils her obligations as researcher, mother and housewife. Jameela Nishat successfully discharges her duties as a writer and women's rights activist as well as her duties at home. Such a list of women is endless.

Women are not ready to stay continue in bad marriages anymore, in spite of having had children. Though there is still a social stigma attached to divorce, it has become a viable option for two main reasons. The economic independence of women directly influences this decision, because it gives them both financial independence and respect. The prevalence of women's resource centres like Asmita, Ankuram and AP Mahila Samatha, which provide counselling, legal aid and advice, and training and support programmes, has also helped this trend.

As the old saying about mothers goes, "To bring up one life, one life must be melted down." Today mothers are still hard workers and silent sacrificers, voluntarily taking a lot of pain and suffering. And this is why mothers continue to hold the hearts of people everywhere.

----------------------- SMILE FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE

Women at workIn a world where the celluloid images of Barkha Dutt, Kiran Bedi and Shoba De dominate, it is very difficult to imagine an alternate reality. That is the reality of the joginis- the victims of an ancient, superstitious and feudal system.

A jogini or basivi or devali is a young girl who is 'married' to the deity Pochamma or Yellama, to ward away any evil that might befall the family. Once dedicated, she first becomes the concubine of the village headman, and then, of all the men in the village. A girl could be dedicated at any age after her birth. Various versions of this archaic and abusive system are found in the form of devadasis in Karnataka, maharis in Kerala, muralis in Maharashtra and matis in Assam.

The practice is centuries old, but it is still prevalent in various parts of Andhra Pradesh that were previously part of the former Hyderbad State. A government survey revealed the existence of 20,000 joginis in over five districts of Andhra Pradesh.

The good news is that vigorous efforts of NGOs like Samskar have prompted active government action. Settlements have been set up, free land distributed and fixed deposits opened to rehabilitate the joginis.

But the more difficult task is to change a collective consciousness that deeply believes in the legitimacy of this practice. Things are slowly but surely changing. After 12 challenging years, Samskar claims to have liberated 2000 girls and rehabilitated 1800 more. The practice is almost eliminated in Nizamabad. The success there has inspired joginis at other places.

Ms. Hemalata Lavanam, Director of Samskar, says: "If they can distinguish between being respected and disrespected, three quarters of the rehabilitation is done." But perhaps what's really required is that society learns to give respect.

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