By Pooja Anshul Saxena
Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai famously quoted “I raise up my voice—not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard…we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.”
Women empowerment has become a buzz word of late. From politicians to actors to students, all are talking, tweeting and posting about women empowerment. However, what are the ways to achieve empowerment? Is India moving towards women empowerment?
On the political front, we have women taking up political roles with aplomb as central ministers and state ministers. On the entertainment front, in the recent past, we have seen movies like Queen, Dirty Picture, Tanu weds Mannu etc that have woman as the main protagonist. Actresses like Vidya Balan, Kangna Ranaut, Alia Bhatt, Deepika Padukone etc. have risen to the occasion and given awe-inspiring performances. In other areas of Indian economy, we have heard stories of a lot of women who are doing exceedingly well in IT sector, Telecom sector etc.
However, on the tourism front, there is an exponential rise in women taking lead roles. Nowadays, women don’t think too much before packing their bags and visiting another city/state/country for leisure, personal, business or medical purposes.
We, at BnBNation, recently hosted 2 UK women travelers who were in India to attend a friends’ wedding. They went on a multicity trip of north India comprising Jaipur, Agra, Varanasi, Jodhpur, Udaipur etc. on their own.
So, did they feel unsafe during the trip? Did they go through a bad experience in India? Did the country that had the infamous Nirbhaya kand treat them badly? You can judge it for yourself in the videos that follow.
Maureen had the following to say about the trip:
Maggie had the following to say about the trip:
Earlier, we had blogged about our Trip to Surajkund mela with Maggie and Maureen. You may read it here:
Tanya, a Russian tourist in India, has been touring India for the last one month with her Indian in-laws. She had the following to say about her experience while visiting the various states of India.
Tanya had the following to say about the trip:
Aren’t the above videos an encouraging sign of Tourism in India? If the above videos are anything to go by, don’t you think Indians are improving their behavior towards foreign tourists. I guess we all are growing sensitive towards the fairer sex. I had been in the USA for a few years after marriage and I can vouch for the fact that in the US as well women are not as safe as we think. In some areas of USA, women have to adhere to some precautions while traveling. So, is the case in India! In fact in India, women got voting rights much earlier than women got theirs in the USA!
Some women also own and run Bed and Breakfast accommodations and customize their services to the visitors. These BnB’s are tastefully made, well-hosted and well maintained. I know this because at BnBNation, we verify each BnB through our auditors and evaluate them on a 60-parameter list and only after satisfactory responses, does we list them on its website.
On the previous Women’s day, we had shared our thoughts on why women prefer Bed and Breakfast accommodations amidst security concerns. Read here: https://bnbnation.wordpress.com/2016/03/07/celebrating-womanhood-5-reasons-women-will-love-staying-in-a-bed-n-breakfast/
Another trend that may intrigue you is that women are covering destination weddings and making artistic videos out of these events that turn into a lifelong memory for the newlyweds and their families. There is a growing trend of women traveling and recording their travel journals in the form of blogs and vlogs. Some of the interesting blogs are:
We women, who, generally, have better Emotional Quotient than men and better communication skills are now also taking up jobs of Tour guides and Heritage walk guides. Through such jobs, they are earning well for themselves and can take stock of their lives and that of their loved ones’ too!
Thus, we can see a positive change happening all around us. This women’s day, let us hope, pray and put in our concerted efforts to propagate this change and make it a bigger success story!
About the Author:
Pooja Anshul Saxena is Technology Lead at www.bnbnation.com. She is a leading woman entrepreneur, technological trouble-shooter and a digital evangelist. A former tech lead at Sapient and now a mother of an adorable 4-year old, she loves to travel, binge on food and write down her travel memoirs.