Monday, September 26, 2011

Bicycling is wheel for development of women-Dr.K.Govindaraju


SEVAI SHG team on wheels of development
Bicycling has done more to emancipate women than anything else in India. Cycling, computer applications and functional English play a vital in one’s life at the global economy. Gender equity plays a vital role in household economic too. Most women started pursuing job oriented higher education. Communication plays a vital role in development. It is deploring to note that the rate of growth of rural population is getting smaller than the urban population. Equivalency Education, Qulaity of Life Improvement, income generation and personal interest program are the key factors of women development. Self Help Groups emerge as major force for socio-economic development of the rural and slum poor women. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance, the free, untrammeled womanhood. In India a large percentage of women did not have power. They could not take decisions independently not even related to their own life. They have to take permission of male members for each and every issue. They did not have any say in important household matters and not in matter of their own marriage. The current nucleolus family needs women to work and take decisions in Indian context of today economy. By allowing women the feeling of freedom, mobility and independence, the bicycle helped to fundamentally transform social relations between the sexes. Not only did the bicycle play a large role in freeing women from the restraints of constricting fashions, it changed the idea of female beauty by dispelling the myths of women’s fragility and helplessness. The early women’s liberation movement is found in the bicycle a vehicle for change. Amongst the bicycles most important, and perhaps most enduring, legacies are its effect upon women's issues; indeed the mark the bicycle left upon gender relations. Women were gradually making headway into the public sphere, through increased roles in education, social and political organizations. Perhaps as a response to the seemingly increasing potential for equality amongst the sexes, men begin to more and more delineate themselves in terms of physical prowess. The bicycle allowed for movement into new spaces, literally and figuratively. The woman cultivated or expressed her autonomy now had a vessel with which one could not only develop autonomous power, but do so while leaving behind the old reliance upon men for travel. -Govin

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