The tradition of “No work after Marriage”
In the Sri Lankan culture, it has always been the duty of a woman to take care of the family, raise the kids and be responsible for the household chores and duties. For this purpose, a woman has to naturally give up her occupation in order to cope up with all family commitments.
The question is, is it fair for only the woman to give up work after marriage? For her to sacrifice everything she worked so hard for all her life? To see her childhood dream of becoming successful in her career shatter to pieces infront of her eyes?
In the modern society, both men and women have a right for education and women have obtained equal or even better knowledge and experience as a man. Women in different modes of occupation have proven their worth by excelling in what they do. Women have challenged men in a patriarchal society and lived upto the standards.
If a well educated, goal-focused woman with a stable, well-paid job is asked to give up her job after marriage, it should be considered as a violation of a basic human right. If a man can go on to pursue his dreams even after marriage, why can’t a woman do the same?
Work after marraige should be the choice of the woman. Not a stereotypical, society-driven prohibition imposed on her. It’s the right of the woman to choose.
By: sandali gurusinghe