It is not telling women to be like men orto edge out men; it is telling women andmen to expand their social space so theycan freely take on roles according to theirindividual capacities, not on the basis ofsex. It is not pitting women against men; it ismaking women and men actualize theirtrue roles.What is not, what it is
It is not exhorting women to stop doinghousework and find employment; it ismaking them realize that their work athome makes it possible for others to dopaid work outside of the home; It is alsotelling women and men that housework isa shared responsibility of everyone in thehousehold, as much as it is evry able-bodied member’s responsibility to share inproviding for the household’s needs. It is not speaking for women; it is makingthem find voice and telling them be heard.
It is not working for women or doingthings for them; it is working withwomen and enabling them to do thingsfor themselves. It is not making a list of do’s and don’ts;it is making preferential options forwomen with a vision of developmentand the kind of society they want, andon the basis of understanding theirsituation, devising strategies for changeand methods to achieve that vision. It is not having pat solutions even tosimilar problems; it is realizing that thedynamics of gender varies from cultureto culture.
It is not giving “expert” advice; it islistening to others, and with them,analyzing situations and formulatingsolutions according to prevailing resources;It is being aware of the complexity anddifficulty of the concepts that requireunderstanding, the values that will bechallenged, institutions that have to betransformed. It is not end justifying means; it is ensuringthat processes reflect the vision of a freeeand just order.
It is not approaching or relating topeople as “roles” e.g., “housewife”,“farmer”, “manager”, “secretary”. It isapproaching and relating to people aspersons. It is taking initiative ratherthan reacting to someone else’s actions;it is appreciating the value of diversity. It is not being superheroes; it believesthat each person has a role to play, andthat collectively, we can re-shape andre-direct our institutions, ourdevelopment.