Being a woman in this world where male domination and patriarchy rules the system is a very difficult task. Women are often subjected to and objectified for their bodies and emotions. It is expected from the women that they should be responsible for all the tasks like the house making, taking care of children, whilst also doing their jobs and societal tasks. Sure we have made enormous progress but the amount of pressure and the intensity of the situation always makes it harder for women to hit a pause and take care of themselves. India is the second most populated country in the world and it is surprising to see how a developing country like ours can cater to conventional and such orthodox views on sexism and gender discrimination. What we certainly lack is the empathy and the willingness to understand each other and this is the objective behind why we need more women centric communities and groups to help support them and let them have their safe space for expressions.
IRA; a digitalised platform that chronicles stories of the many different shades of women, is based on the philosophy of bonding, belonging and blooming together. It is the first small step towards bringing the people, especially women, closer to each other by sharing mutual feelings and inspiring stories. IRA is not a person or an object but it is the set of feelings that all women embody and share. We are using this unique feeling to channel your perspective as your own. IRA is like reading a book in bed or climbing Everest. It is an unrelenting and uncompromising outlook towards being yourself and no one else. It is like seeing beauty, appreciating it and knowing that it can be found in them most unusual and unexpected places. IRA is every woman that had lived, is living and that will ever live.
Today we find women working in all the sectors and providing for themselves and their loved ones but still they are being labelled and given tags based on their performance, appearance or personality. We are missing a holistic place where everyone is free from the harsh judgements by the others and are not pressurised into confirming to a particular group or stereotype. We as an individual should learn to appreciate and value the efforts of others instead of seeing them as the tool for success and exploitation. People are so invested in the idea of success that they cannot even face the idea of failure and this is the reason why we see each other either as a hurdle or as a stepping stone towards our goal. This is the reason why we need women centred communities and support groups which works towards building a safe, judgement free environment where we can maintain symbiotic and emphatic relationship with each other.