Sania Mirza has always spoken in the favor of women empowerment. And not only spoken, the ace tennis star has time and again proven she is herself an empowered women, who does not hesitate to work for the rehabilitation of other women across the world through her position as the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia.
Sania Mirza has always been an advocate of equality as well. And in her recent interview, Pakistan’s favorite bhabi opens up about how she feels about the issue and how it can be addressed best, even if we have a long way to go.
“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.”
Talking about what equality in actuality means to her, Sania said, “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.”
Stressing her point about the bias between genders around the world, Sania Mirza adds, “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.”