The trajectory of women’s empowerment towards equality has taken a sharp fall amidst the pandemic. In the last two decades, the path we covered to liberalize women socially and economically seems to have been pushed back by this covid-19 pandemic.
The prolonged lockdown has affected all sections of the society, but the most and consequently the larger effect can be seen on the children, especially on the girl child. The post-pandemic situation may bring back most of the male students but not most of the female students because these types of emergencies escalate pre-existing inequality and increase during the current crisis.
At this juncture, adolescent girls worldwide, comprising one-tenth of the world population, are facing a never-before situation. The most affected are the poor and the marginalized girls of our society. A report of UNICEF shows that:
According to the RTE Forum in India, 10 million girls can drop out of school in this covid-19 pandemic. Poverty, patriarchy, poor infrastructure of schools play a different role in putting them into vulnerable conditions. The main contributing facts are:
Post covid-19 situation needs well-planned strategies of the Govt and the concern of the society to combat the wide gap created by the pandemic.
India has succeeded in empowering women by launching various Government programs like Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, etc. but to get back our girl child again on the track of education a localized approach. Back to school campaign should be undertaken more widely and to the grass-roots level by the conscious citizens to enrol every dropout students who have lost in the darkness of this pandemic crisis.