The movement for equality at the workplace has to deal with contradictions between demands for gender equality and the need to constantly incestivise women to enter the workplace. Historically, it has been hard to strike a balance between the two.
Offering subsidies and incentives has borne fruit, and has proved successful in bringing women into educational institutes and workspaces. This is because it is a more focussed approach aimed at uplifting a section of society. However, offering a blanket exemption from ticket fares blurs the boundaries between the haves and the have-nots, burdens the exchequer and furthers the belief that women are financially inferior.
With less than a year to go for the Delhi Assembly election, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has made a pitch for scrapping metro and bus fares for women commuters. Read More
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