C H A R A N J I T K A U R
As we take the time to reflect upon the place of women in society as we know it, I feel immensely proud to be immersed within a faith that celebrates women. My personal journey of Sikhi was born from seeking an alternative universe to the culturally sexist one I knew.
With the theme this year being #BalanceforBetter, I dare to discuss the ideology of Feminism. The Oxford dictionary defines the word as…
‘The advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes’
One is constantly alerted to the fact that Feminism is commonly misinterpreted as women demanding to be the same as men; to possess the same qualities, to rule over and suppress. This is far from the truth. Throughout documented history, we have all observed the inequalities that women have faced based simply upon the gender assigned to them biologically. From the practice of ‘Sati’ (practice of widows expected to enter the burning pyre of her deceased husband) to the gender pay gap, across centuries women have experienced many challenges non to the fault of their own
Dhan Guru Amar Das Ji condemned the practice of ‘Sati’ themselves as they saw not only the trauma of being burned alive as meaningless, but also the social stigma attached if they decided not to comply with the act. They were then shamed and considered a burden upon society.
It still amazes me how respectfully Gurbani describes women and their importance in the world. How can we begin to implement this?
We should all celebrate each other. To loving accept and appreciate the differences that we all possess, motivating and supporting surrounding
sisters and brothers on their individual journeys. Looking at the Gursikhi life of Dhan Mata Sahib Kaur Ji, we can see for ourselves the prominence women held and still hold within the Sikh dharam/Sikh way of life..
From the production of this movie, young girls from all walks of life will have the confidence to adopt their true identities after seeing the unique and proud image of Dhan Dhan Mata Sahib Kaur Ji. Fro
m exploring the true definition of a Gursikh life to delving into the life of our dear forgotten mother, Motherhood: The Journey of Mata Sahib Kaur will be revolutionary once unveiled.
Please continue to support and spread the unconditional love of Dhan Dhan Mata Sahib Kaur JI.