We live an age of ironies, that we are truly able to appreciate and challenge in the current climate. India, is a nation that exalts it’s women, because she is a mother, a daughter, a daughter-in-law, a wife. She single-handedly is responsible for the clothing, feeding and rearing of the household.

So the first irony in this well loved and taught fact is that a woman should not be educated. The marginalised communities find knowledge in the hand of a woman is a terrifying thing. Why terrifying, they are unable to clearly advice, but tradition in this aspect cannot be broken or taunted. A woman’s place is in the house, not in the classroom.

Education. The singularly most important need for any woman and child. For if she is educated, she knows better to care for her children. For if she is educated, she knows better to help clothe and feed her family. For if she is educated, she knows best about health and those for around her.

In fact to show these facts, studies have found in most African nations, a woman educated brings up a healthy child. She understands diseases, she understands nutrition and she understands immunisations.

If she is educated, she will know better her rights. If she is educated, she will finish her studies first before marriage. If she is educated, she will be self-sufficient.

And there in lies the crux of the matter. An educated woman would be in school, instead of getting married too young. An educated woman would understand her body more and thus decide if she wanted to fall pregnant again. An educated woman would be able to have equal opportunities for a job that her counterpart would be allowed.

And that is the irony, the woman who leads her family needs to hold true to tradition and stay in the house without education. Because, that is the way of the marginalised. . .

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