Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Is entry to Goenkhag, gender bias?

I was watching the BBS Dzongkha programme known asLegshed-Lamzang where Venerable Khenpo Tandin Sithup was speaking to a folk of youths.

If you have watched and listened to the programme, a big question has been answered where many think a tradition where females are restricted the entry to Goenkhangs- the room reserved as the place for deities is gender bias.

He was speaking about the four immeasurable, 1. The immeasurable love and kindness, 2. Immeasurable compassion, 3.immeasurable joy and 4. immeasurable equanimity, to the young youths.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Women's day: A gender discriminatory effort for gender equality..!

I am not very sure if I should call it a happy ‘Women’s day’ or not. It should be happy women’s day to celebrate as women’s day but to celebrate as a day to promote women’s right I wonder if it is a happy day but I do wish the day a success in its endeavour.
I express my wonder, because talking women’s right itself is gender bias as it already treats women differently to other geners. How can you promote vegetarian when you eat meat yourself and how can it promote gender equalization when itself is gender bias in its nature?  

We know there are some gaps where women's rights are concerned, but what I am saying here is that promoting gender biased activity such as this can not be a solution to women's issues. I think empowering women is better way than having a women's day for that reason. Empower it, but I think we don't need to differentiate. This might one day call for men's day because gender equalization will never achieve with the ideology of differentiation in the approach. 
It would rather be creating more gender tensions. Talking women's right is gender bias in itself, so the alternative I am talking about is promoting gender equality through human's right. Women's right can be even educated best by talking human rights than by talking women's right. 

On this very day of international day for women’s right, I felt what if this day is observed as ‘International day of equal right for all gender’ or some thing sort of,  rather than as a day for women's right, discriminating all other gender.  
I do respect women, men and any other gender that exist on earth. Therefore shouldn’t we commit to up hold human's right to avoid gender discrimination. Should we go on saying and demanding women’s right, and forget if we are discriminating other genders, except women. 
Can we afford discriminating gender in efforts elevate women's right? Only by promoting equal rights for all human can we promote gender equalization and solve the gender issues. But I truly doubt, if promoting rights of one gender against another would be of a sustainable solution to gender discrimination.
 Promoting gender based right, I believe is rather creating issues than being a solution. Putting human right to the core and empower those gender which need special attention, why do we need to put emphasis on differentiation of one gender from another to empower the other. 

A conversation on Women's day:

My friend: Treat your wife with nice meal because it's women's day.
Me: I don't believe in women's right, but human right. No extra treatment to discriminate when it is meant, not to discriminate.
My friend: Just something extra for your wife
Me: My wife enjoys her right as much as I do, so we don't have discrimination at all. Therefore I am not discriminating her even today. There is nothing extra, when it is always equal.
Love your wife, love all women, men and any human even animals. Avoid discrimination.