Friday, January 18, 2008
Culture and women
Check out the new publication by UNESCO here, Gender Perspectives on Cultural Heritage and Museums.
Much too often we are oblivious of the criss-cross of culture and feminism. Since education plays a vital role in transforming and empowering women, in a culture where traditionally education is not viewed as one of the prerogatives of women, women are informally placed at a backdoor. That way culture tends to freeze women in a box from which there is little escape. That does not necessarily mean that culture cannot be reinterpreted and refocused in light of human rights of women. But that is a very slow process that unfortunately has not yet come to fruition in many parts of the world.