Gender sensitivity can be broadly used as a term to denote a range of characteristics that do not only agree to established ideas of male and female but are about changing behavior and opinion towards other genders with regards to social and cultural variances.
Gender sensitivity is thus a major issue that needs to be addressed with a lot of deliberation both at home and all the Schools in Noida & pan India. The best way of tackling this issue is through education as education will create awareness that will, in turn, lead to a change in perception and ultimately do away with the stereotyped mind set.
In this 21st century New India, there is an urgent need to change this perspicacity. In today’s context, it is necessary to treat both girls and boys equally, provide them with identical rights and opportunities and ultimately encourage them to participate at par in academics, social welfare schemes, entrepreneurial initiatives and for that matter sports.
At home, it is imperative for parents to refrain from drawing a clear line between a boy and a girl. It is generally seen that girls are continually advised to behave properly, learn to cook food and do house hold chores……..but why only girls? The boys too need to behave in a decent in a courteous manner. At their homes, the boys should see the females of their household treated with respect as it is an accepted fact that what children see in their growing years, they tend to remember it as a life- long experience. If the boys see that their mothers and sisters are treated with a lot of respect, their opinion is sort in important family matters and their voice is valued and treasured, then they will also imbibe the same virtue. It will thus become a part of their righteous upbringing.
After home, it is a school that plays a significant role in developing gender sensitivity in children. ASPAM Scottish School, one of the Top Schools in Noida, encourages the practice of gender sensitization in the sense that both girls and boys are given equal chances to participate in curricular and co-curricular activities- music, dance, art, theatre, sports. Teaching pedagogies are designed in such a way that they discourage typical gender roles, provide boys and girls equal share in classroom activities. All this leads to the acceptance of one another as equal and worthy competitors for attaining holistic excellence.
Thus gender sensitivity can only be achieved in the true sense when violence and humiliation against women is curbed and views of the women of the family are heard. They have access not only to education but higher education and basic technological advancement. They are encouraged to take careers of their choice and are also allowed to foray in the fields that were once considered as male-dominated (Armed Forces, Aerospace, etc.). It is thus imperative that females enjoy the support of their family and are held in high esteem and appreciated by menfolk for their contribution not only to the family but also to the society and nation.