A thoughtful examination of the draft policy for women in India. The author questions the need to justify women's empowerment:
plum in the middle of the rights talk comes a jarring rationalisation for women’s empowerment: “To what extent the country can seize this (demographic) dividend and benefit from it will largely depend on how women exercise their right and entitlements and contribute to the development process.” Gender equality is not an instrumental good; it is intrinsically important, especially if you are adopting a rights-based approach.
It is also pointed out that undoing the privileges of patriarchy will require changes that men may not find easy - but that is the point:
The new laws and policies seek to redress injustice that is practically as old as human history. This injustice, created by patriarchy—which privileges men over women and imposes roles, stereotypes, norms and expectations on all of us, regardless of gender—affects men and women and everyone else in different ways. It does not always work for men, please note. But the process of redressal involves the withdrawal of privilege and advantage. That is hard. It is not, however, more important than redressal itself. In those time-honoured Indian words, we can adjust.