Distinguished guests from the women’s sector put forth a case towards a “wider” perspective of economics, which will portray greater equality and representation in societal, economical, and political aspects of the seemingly “marginalized” portion of our society, the women.
I remember Professor Solita Monsod, months ago. Her voice and lectures still resounded in my mind from time to time. With the start of the topic, a sudden flashback came to me, I can hear Mrs. Monsod, in the distance saying, “Do you know that a big part of our economy should be attributed to women?” and “Why should the nanny and/or maid, which were paid with money, be included in the economic statistics of our country? But not include the women, who stay in homes to take care of their families?”
Yes! Mrs. Monsod put forth a sound case, so the same as that of our distinguished guests. Our females, the mothers, and daughters in our families, do the same job as the house cleaners and nannies. Our mothers do the cleaning; do the cooking, do the child-care and all. The great efforts of our women in overall economic activity are to be recognized. Not only that it provides a decent and smooth living within the families, but also, it gives positive externalities towards a more educated youth, greater health level, guided youths towards responsible citizenship, and many more.
The dismantling of all forms of discrimination towards women will give an impetus towards greater harmony, productivity, and inclusive representation in the society. Employment and wage system should be liberalized; thus allowing leveled opportunities. Acknowledgement of women’s contribution to the nation should be realized; thus women empowerment. We must stop to the all-glory to the patriarchy! We must question the validity and acceptability of the persisting norm on sexist economics! We must step up for greater equality! For the greater good!