DIMAPUR, OCTOBER 26: Various researchers, activists, writers and journalists have taken a strong exception to the reported statement of the Chairperson of Nagaland State Commission for Women, Khrienuo Tachu on October 22 last, who while addressing a legal awareness programme had remarked that “good patriarchy ensures a safe society resulting in less discrimination thereby safeguarding women and the girl child”.
In a joint statement, they said while rightly highlighting issues of gender-based discrimination, mitigation of cyber crimes, promotion of entrepreneurial skills and self reliance among women, Tachu seems to suggest that women can be protected from abuse and discrimination within the domain of “good patriarchy”, which sounds like a contradiction in terms.
“Can an institution such as patriarchy, predicated on the notion of male superiority, ever be fair to women? Is it correct to endorse or aim for the kind of ‘safety’ for women that is mandated by a patriarchy?” they questioned.
(Page News Service)
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