In many parts of India (and the world), especially poor areas, women are not allowed to eat with their families. They prepare and serve the meals, but are always the last to eat, making them more exposed to malnutrition. No one knows when, where or how the practice started, but like many traditions, it is deeply entrenched in the people’s psyche.
Many are campaigning to encourage women to enjoy meals with their families for the first time, and the results are very encouraging. Their meals should also be the first step to empower women. How is this practised in your culture? Should we let women eat alone?
Drafted by Colina Tran