Are We Doing Enough?::By:Sonal Goel,IAS


By: Sonal Goel,IAS

Let me not repeat in putting this question in front of anybody who may recognize my question but may not have/ or like to have any answer- 'Are we doing enough?'- for the women of our society.

Can we shed of our notions that women are not in traditional role of becoming bread winner of the family and earn money as for them becoming economically independent is optional and not mandatory; that women cannot work in each and every field & that women are the objects to be treated and utilized to the benefit of whom so ever. Being inherently submissive by nature, have the male counterpart got a legitimate right to treat them as they like. Men around shall ponder and review whether the behavior with their female colleagues/ seniors is justified. Just think you are not hypocrite; preaching one thing and actually doing injustice with your female counterpart. While expecting her to give her best at professional front; is it justified to shy away as a senior or colleague when she seeks your help to balance her family life because of some inherent mandatory roles that nature has chosen for her.

While propogating everywhere that government is proactive on women issues and always promoting women welfare, why no consideration is given to the women working with you when she approaches as her savior/ confidante.The principle of gender equality is enshrined in the Indian Constitution which not only grants equality to women, but also empowers the State to adopt measures of positive discrimination in favor of women.

But why still women have to be twice as good to be reckoned as atleast half as good as their male counterparts. Has the situation changed much from the times of 1950s when one of the first few lady IAS officers, Ms. Padma Ramachandran, posted in Kerela had to meet the Governor to get a posting as District Collector; who later on became the first woman Chief Secretary of Kerela.

Also how strange is it to see one woman doubting the capabilities of another woman without even giving a fair and rationale chance.

However, the experience shows that men's tyrannical hegemony is over-whelmingly strong and deep rooted to allow for any change in the short run. The facts against equality of status are too glaring.

Knowledge, a strong moral fibre, emotional strength, courage, empathy and compassion are the inherent strengths that she possess for delivering the best in all fields.

While the advent of women in the political sphere and bureaucracy and their effective par-ticipation in the governance of polity and society augurs well for humanity, a lot still remains to be done.

In this still male dominated society, I thank all men who have made women more tough by putting numerous challenges and difficult situations across them, even though I do recognize the existence of some fine exemplary gentlemen doing a lot for the humanity.

I am still hopeful and optimistic the winds of change flowing shall bring in conducive weather so as to let our women flourish, shine and bloom in their work and family.

Let me not be termed as 'feminist' as I don't really understand that term; just hoping all men & women become so called 'feminists' in times to come to do enough...

About the author:SONAL GOEL, IAS  is  2008 Batch Officer(All India 13th Rank) .She has served in the state in the following capacity -Assistant Collector, West Tripura District, SDM Ambassa, OSD, ADM & Collector, South Tripura District, Chief Executive Officer, Agartala Municipal Council, Tripura, Joint Secretary, Labour Department Govt. of Tripura, State Project Director, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. Currently she is posted as the District Magistrate and Collector of Gomati District.

Disclaimer:The opinions expressed within this article are the personal opinions of the author. The article contains the views of the author in personal capacity, not in professional capacity.






Date: 19/10/2015 10:55:40pm E-mail:


Being a Ex IAS aspirant and Public Administration Student i heard lot about IAS but first time i could show a hard working IAS that too in north east. mam you are are doing excellent work there and as well as your are sharing your experience by way of social media so that people and other Civil servant too can took such a nice initiative in their respective carder. Keep shining and motivating us . Vikash

Date: 16/10/2015 06:30:25pm E-mail:

Name: Sanjib Debroy

It is a thought provoking article. You have raised the right issue.

Date: 07/10/2015 04:50:20pm E-mail:

Name: Manti Das

Empowering women is to make them independent in all aspects from mind, thought, rights, decisions, etc by leaving all the social and family limitations. It is to bring equality in the society for both male and female in all areas. Women empowerment is very necessary to make the bright future of the family, society and country. Women need fresh and more capable environment so that they can take their own right decisions in every area whether for themselves, family, society or country. In order to make the country fully developed country, women empowerment is an essential tool to get the goal of development.The need of the hour is to make room for the all round development of women in every sphere of life.

Date: 06/10/2015 09:51:44pm E-mail:

Name: Kiran Bhowmik

Lack of proper family support is one of the main issue that working women suffers from. At times, the family doesn't support women to leave the household work and go to office. They also resist for women working till late in office which also hampers the performance of the women and this also affects their promotion.But time is changing.Society needs to change with the demand of time.I appreciate your opinions,madam.

Date: 06/10/2015 09:49:53pm E-mail:

Name: Pradip Sarkar

Women excel in all fields including space exploration and rocket science. Women play a vital role in economic development of the country and their contribution is nothing short of their male counterparts. However there are still several issues and problems that women face today. Sometimes, they are not treated equally in their workplace and are considered as inferior to their male co-workers. In some cases they do not get the same benefits as that of a male employee. The major issues and problems that women face in their work places includes unequal pay, security, sexual harassment, lack of proper family support, deficient maternity leave, etc.A very good article, madam.



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