In the last months of December, we have been lucky to welcome Ms. Haruka Matsuta to our Team. She was our recent World Unite online intern from Japan. During her internship of two months, she was coordinated by Roxanne and worked on cultural differences between India and Japan, especially regarding the depiction of women. She talked to a few of our Office staff members and did a survey for people from India, Japan and Germany to compare different opinions on marriage.
Her final post on Sambhali’s social media: “I realized that more people in India focus on the social status or class than in other countries like Japan or Germany. Additionally, I was surprised that the way of thinking about marriage is different in all the countries. In Japan and Germany, marriage is always connected to love but in India, it is not that common. In India, the women’s status in families is lower than in other countries. But still, it also depends on the family and the region they live in. In some families, the status of both men and women are equal like in most families in my country Japan. The women‘s family status in India is similar to the old Japanese tradition: the wife does the household and the husband works for they family. In Japan, this old tradition was changed because of globalization. I think with lots of effort of the Indian government, stimulation from other countries, NGOs, and also women’s effort itself, problems of women’s empowerment in India can be solved. During this internship, it was difficult to help women in bad situations because of COVID-19. However, I think learning something is the first step to help people. My next step is to tell my experience to my friends. After this pandemic, I want to go India, and join these activities in person!” – Haruka Matsuta