- Shabana Azmi was speaking at the Ficci Frames 2018
- "People in India are living in different centuries," said Shabana
- "Often education re-enforces the gender stereotype," she said
"Firstly, let's acknowledge the fact that India is living in many centuries in different parts of the country simultaneously. Yes, we have a woman President, woman Prime Minister, woman politicians, but at the same time there are several girl children being killed because they are girls... both the realities co-exist," Shabana said.
"We talk about education, but often education re-enforces the gender stereotype and role play," added the actress, who also stressed that the definition of masculinity needs to be changed. Tikoo thinks the conversation could have been outdated if there would have been equal opportunity everywhere.
"The conversation holds relevance. The idea of a woman being as good as a man to compete should be stopped but why to compare? The competition should be with oneself and not with a man.
"Who says they are supreme? Therefore, I think unless we are breaking away from the stereotypical idea of gender and role play set by the society and culture, the constant conversation on gender equality will remain relevant and not outdated," she added. Ficci Frames, which began on Monday, will conclude on March 7.
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