vided them with more control over family planning, a concept that was earlier non-existent. A woman of today need not enslave herself for the sake of bearing a child. She may opt
for the father of her child to be confined, as an insignificant number, to a Donor’s List of an Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) center.
It must be noted with sadness that the upliftment of women, is rather skewed
. While issues related to education and health has improved by leaps and bounds, there are many more issues that need to be addressed in a befitting manner. In several countries, women still continue to be used as commodities. Sometimes they are seen as ‘soft’ targets
for revenge between feuding individuals or families. This would result in a single woman being serially raped, an act that would churn the stomach of our stone-age ancestor, and raise doubts on the appropriateness of calling us ‘evolved’. Domestic violence too, is rampant across the world, irrespective of a women’s status.
Women from various spheres, face issues that are completely different. While an urban
woman faces issues such as divorce and sexual discrimination or abuse at work, her ‘country
cousin’ faces issues like illiteracy, early marriage and childbirth, female infanticide and a decreased access to health care. A western
woman may face issues like teenage pregnancy, drugs, divorce or broken homes, while her eastern
counterpart is a victim of gender discrimination and denial of several basic rights, like education. Yet there is a lot of common ground in women – related issues and a concerted effort is to be generated this year, to even out the differences
on a global scale.
There are many more avenues that need to be addressed in an earnest fashion. Screening
for various cancers such as those of the breast and cervix, should be universally made mandatory . Protecting the girl-child
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