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India recognised third gender much before the West: UK Prof

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

Describing inequality as a global phenomenon, Sarah Hawkes, at the University College of London (UCL), said that Indian culture had opened to as a non-binary idea much before the Western world.

"The younger generation in the West is understanding this now, while recognised the third much earlier," Prof Hawkes told

She said that inequality was related to a wide spectrum like expression and and was not just about male and female.

Prof Hawkes said that in the United Kingdom, opportunity gaps for men and women in education and employment were reducing with the younger generation understanding that was not just a binary idea.

She said that equality laws at the workplace were bringing a change as these laws enabled people to hold institutions to account, adding that now laws were needed to make society accountable.

has a vibrant that could make change happen, she said.

"It is people who bring about change while laws ensure sustainability and accountability. We need to work at the top and the bottom. We need to frame policies and strengthen institutions to support the change and we need people to demand a change," she stressed.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 17:55 IST
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