Being a woman in Kerala
After the “shock” report of India being listed as the fourthworst place to be a woman, we reflected on Kerala’s place in the scheme of things. As we all know Kerala is not a typical indian state which is why Indians love to visit.
Kerala is the only state in India where women outnumber men and b a substantial margin. Keralites put this down to a more relaxed attitude to gender than is sometimes found elsewhere and the absence of infanticide. If this is the case, then it implies that other states need to address gender issues more aggressively. Kerala is also actively seeking to increase the contribution of women in politics and to ensure that women are evenly represented. As we sit in the office with a large group of women, mostly married and many with children, all of whom are able to come to work safely and travel without fear, who are actively pursuing a career with children, it is clear that while there may still be glass ceilings to break through, it is not by any chalk the fourth worst place in the world to live!