I’m assuming a person with eyes, an electronic device, and a stable internet connection is here reading this. But how did you get here? Well, there are 3 possibilities how you ended up on my page;
- You’re someone I know personally, and you were kind enough to come up here and support a friend. In that case: *sends virtual hug*
- You’re a random person who came across my social media and opened the first link you saw in my bio. In this case: “Hey there! Also, don’t forget to follow me.”
- Or lastly, you’re a young grasshopper who made a google search and somehow magically google thought my article to be relevant enough for your search and hence led you here and in this case: “Hiiii!”
Now that we are all here, let me answer a few questions that might be floating somewhere in your brains. First and foremost:
“WHAT ON EARTH DOES THIS NAME EVEN MEAN?!”
Nervy Naari. Since it took me near about 8,384 light years to finally come up with this name, allow me to elaborate. The word ‘nervy’ is officially defined as someone who is anxious, nervous or alarmed. But let’s discard that since English is a funny language and one word can simply mean different things. So ‘nervy’ ALSO means someone who is courageous and bold. Someone who’s bold is daring and brave. You might show how bold you are by climbing onto the roof of your house (although I prefer you don’t) or by speaking up when you see someone being treated unfairly. When you act in a bold way, you’re taking some kind of risk; you could be risking physical danger, embarrassment, or your reputation. And ‘Naari’ is just the Hindi word for a female. To be more precise, a Lady. There you have it, a nervy naari is a strong and bold woman. And where do you find a nervy naari? It’s simple, just look around yourself. Someone that you know, who refused to be silenced by the systematic oppressions of our society, someone who spoke up against something wrong, or someone simply aware of what’s wrong and what’s right is a nervy naari, including yourself. (PS: You don’t have to be a woman in order to be a nervy naari, anyone and everyone who wishes to be one, CAN BE ONE. So congratulations on joining the league!)
The most important criteria for being a nervy naari is speaking out fearlessly about causes that matter to you and everyone around you. For me, some of these issues are: sexism, global warming, caste discrimination, racism, ableism, the taboo over issues like mental health and the bias against LGBTQIA+ communities in our society. Apart from that I have a revolutionary demand for Veg Biryani to officially be renamed as Pulav. Nothing less nothing more.
So I’ve chosen to write this blog about one such issue that is really, really important to me: Gender Equality.
“But why only write about gender equality? Aren’t other issues equally important?!”
Yes. I agree. All issues are important. All and every issue/s which brings to light the problems faced by all marginalized groups in society or things that are in some way harming our earth are important. As much as I would love to talk about everything, I simply can’t. I’m not Wonder Woman, no matter how much I’d love to be. But that doesn’t mean that I care less about these issues. I will never not call out an act of injustice that I am witnessing. I will never back out from restraining a family member or friend around me from saying things that are problematic and will always try to engage in healthy discussions with such people and help them understand what’s right. I will forever continue to speak in favor of the oppressed until we are all living in a fairy tale world full of rainbows and never ending happiness.
“Why is it so important to talk about gender equality?”
Now if you’re clever enough to not ask this question, continue scrolling because I don’t know if you know this or not but there exist a lot of people in this world who’s sole purpose in life is to invalidate other people’s opinions and things that they think are important. They feel the constant need to bring up other things of concern when some issue that they don’t think is important, is being talked about. This what-about-ism is not only disrespectful to the issue that we are talking about but it also depreciates the issue that they are bringing up because they only seem to care about it as a counter argument.
And to answer this question for them, I would simply like to put out the the latest government data released on September 29, 2020.
Here are some highlights from NCRB’s report:
- There were a total of 4,05,861 cases of crime against women which was registered in 2019. The number is a 7.3% increase over last year’s where the number of registered cases were 3,78,236.
- 30.9% of the crimes against women were labelled under ‘Cruelty by Husbands or his relatives.’ This implies that 30.9% of all the crimes last year against women were perpetrated by people who were close to the victim.
- 21.8% of these crimes were registered under ‘Assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty.’
- There were 1,08,025 victims of kidnapping or abduction in 2019, out of which 84,921 were women. Among these, 55,370 female victims were children.
- Out of the 3,80,526 people who went missing last year, 2,48,397 were women. The overall figure of missing persons in the country has increased by 9.5% in 2019 from last year.
After going through these stats I felt the pressing need to have my opinions out in the open for everyone to read. And that’s that.
“Do you think you are qualified to be writing about this? Why should I read it?”
I’m not. I’m just a teenager who wants to do her bit in making this world better for herself, her mothers and her sisters. I’m just someone who wants my voice to be heard. None of the things that I will be saying are facts. Except for the ones that are noticeably statistics with credible sources. These are simply my opinions. You don’t need to be qualified to understand and believe in the radical notion that women are human beings too. *wink wink* Anybody agreeing or disagreeing with me have the complete right to do so. I will be writing about all sorts of things including social, cultural and political subjects or something personal that I witnessed. You’re welcome to read anything that you find interesting.
If you’ve stayed till this point, thanks. I will be writing a new post every weekend and I hope you find the time to check them out. And hey, if you ever read something here that you want to talk about, I’m always up for healthy discussions, unless you start your conversation with “**** *** ** *****” then thanks, I’ll pass.
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I raise up my voice—not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.Malala Yousafzai