Everyone knows about Sania Mirza. She’s a famous Tennis player and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia. She recently expressed her views regarding gender equality and honestly, it is something we all should support.
Mirza feels that gender equality is key to making the world a better place. But unfortunately, we have a long way to go, she says.
“It’s very difficult to get rid of something that has been a part of [people’s mindset] from probably the very beginning [of life]. Equality, for me, is that as a woman, you have to believe that you are no less than anyone. There are women in this world who don’t believe that they are equal [to men]… There are even many who believe that they deserve to get beaten up by their husbands. And they probably don’t say anything because they don’t have the courage to fight back.”
Mirza further says: “Being equal does not mean doing the same things like a man. This is not a competition and such things do not determine if men are better than women or otherwise. It’s about having equal opportunities and respect in life.”
And she recognises that the struggle for these equal opportunities and respect is taking place all over the world:
“I have always been for equality. This concern is not confined to one country, state or race. The fact that even today, players like Serena Williams are having to justify equal pay, shows that we don’t live in an equal world. I would love to see people celebrate in the same way when a girl is born, much like when a boy is born. That’s how we become an equal world.”
Sania Mirza is currently married to Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik.