Philanthropist Somy Ali is appalled that in 2021 women are judged in society for the things they do, including what they chose to wear. At an event last month, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat criticised women for wearing ripped jeans. He had said due to a lack of values, youngsters these days follow strange fashion trends and consider themselves to be big shots after wearing jeans ripped.
Talking about how women all over the globe are judged for what they wear from torn jeans to body-hugging clothes, Somy says she has experienced this and believes in south Asia the double standards are exponentially greater.
“It is despicable that in 2021 we are still having this conversation. This is the epitome of sexist mindsets and a patriarchal prevalence universally. Women can wear whatever they want and are comfortable in whether it’s a headscarf or a cleavage showing dress. We have enough sense to dress for certain occasions by what kind of attire is required,” she says, adding, women will not wear a bathing suit for a job interview.
Philanthropist Somy Ali on gender equality:
Somy, who was raised in the US, says she has never been bothered about how she dresses up even in front of the camera. “I dressed; however, I wanted to and didn’t care what anyone thought. In ‘Aao Pyar Karen’ and ‘Anth’, I have worn and done some very bold scenes. Even in photoshoots, I wore whatever I wanted to and never cared,” she adds. The actor, who runs a non-profit organization named No More Tears (NMT). Reveals they have rescued a stripper from domestic violence.
“Her husband called me and asked why we are helping her? I told, the minute you raise your hands on her, No More Tears will be there to rescue her,” Ali says.
According to Somy, there is still a need to create awareness in society about gender equality. She says education is the best way possible to change the mindset of society.
“It’s generations of brainwashing and teaching young boys and girls their designated roles. All of us need to do our part in teaching the youth that all genders are equal. Whether boy or girl, you can be you,” she concludes.
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