Following the COVID-19 lockdown, most paid care work services within the household has been suspended, shifting the burden of the household on the women and young girls.
ASHA workers are yet not provided with personal protective equipment or safety gears. The safety totally depends upon a bottle of sanitizer and 6 hours disposal mask.
As social distancing plays out, these women are finding the cost too high to bear. How does one conduct business which largely involves physical closeness and intimacy in the days of social distancing?
Mica is used in eyeshades, lipsticks, mascara, nail polish, blush and many such cosmetic products. 60% of the high-quality mica that goes into the cosmetic industry is sourced from India and most of it comes from scrap mining.
I feel, there is a unconscious gender stereotyping that runs deeper in our psyche every time, we gift a woman a pressure cooker. Ask yourself, would you ever gift a pressure cooker to a man unless he is particularly interested in cooking?
As domestic workers are rendered jobless and without financial and social security—the halted urban maid express exposes deep-rooted prejudices.
The assigned gender roles, something that felt distant from pages, suddenly felt so heart-wrenching in the days of the lockdown.
Millions the world over have to leave their homes to earn their ‘rozi roti’ or livelihood. Bread or roti is such an integral part of our existence that it is part of our vocabulary and the idioms we use in our speech.
The gated doors look grim and the sex workers are not in a positive state of mind and as someone summed it up: “We will either die from starvation or the virus.”
Farmers today are still in the fields, in this pandemic, often without sick pay or health insurance, planting and harvesting our nation’s food supply.