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Oxfam India’s #SorryThankYouTataByeBye track raises a question to patriarchy

Published: 30th Nov 2021 5:55 pm

Amid the discussion about the government’s push to delay the age of marriage for women from 18 to 21, Oxfam India along with Agents of Ishq have produced a six-minute-long track ‘#SorryThankYouTataByeBye’ addressing patriarchy and demanding a greater voice for girls.

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While raising the minimum age for women from 18 to 21 seems like a progressive step on a larger outset, the track gives a glimpse of how marriage is not the sole thing that women are born for.

Produced as a part of the #EmpowermentNotAge campaign, the track advocates for a holistic approach focusing on better education, employment opportunities and empower women to make their own choices pertaining to their marriages, rather than a legislation or the girl’s family mandating a minimum age of marriage for women.

In the newly-released video, we see women across different age groups expressing how their opinions and suggestions were not taken into consideration even in subjects pertaining to their marriage.

“Can we imagine a girl’s life in any terms other than marriage? Why do plans for women’s lives (whether your papa makes it or a policy-maker) always end at Shaadi (marriage)? Humse poocha? (Did you ask us?) Sing #SorryThankYouTataByeBye to the patriarchy and its boring plans and say Hi to a whole new world of dreams and possibilities for their lives! Oxfam India and Agents of Ishq bring you a new feminist video song to push for creating enabling environment for girls through better education, healthcare, and livelihoods than a reductive measure like increasing the age of marriage. #EmpowermentNotAge #16Days,” the YouTube description of the track posted by Oxfam read.

The song has also been released in the backdrop of the United Nations’ 16 days of activism against gender-based violence that is held between November 25 and December 10.

Now, several women have taken to Twitter to express their opinions on the minimum age for marriage being unnecessary with a hashtag #EmpowermentNotAge.

So, what’s your take on this?

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