IELTS Cue Card Sample 419 - An important social change in your country

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe an important social change in your country.

You should say:

  • what it was
  • how it happened
  • how long it took

And explain the effect it has had on people in your country. 

Sample Answer:
Thank you, sir/ madam, for this wonderful topic. I live in India and this country has gone through numerous social and political changes in the last 100 years which are all so remarkable and historic. Social changes are basically social progress or the evolution of socioculture. Positive social changes move a society forward and this takes time. The most significant social change I have witnessed is the 'Gender Equity' and for this candidate task card topic, I would like to talk about it.

It took a long, it happened slowly and it had cost many innocent lives but this social change happened for good. Women in India had no voice, no participation in the key positions, no role in the decision-making, were treated mostly like slaves and had been the victim of clear discriminations by the male dominated society. The history of the brutality to women, discrimination and helplessness of Indian women was unfathomable.  It was not more than 60 years or so when women empowerment, education and right were only dreams that no one dared to dream. A female child was considered to be a curse to a family and the life of a typical Indian woman was not better than the life of a slave; in fact, in some cases worse! Burning or Burying alive the Widows of Hindus was a black chapter in our history that was abolished in 1829 by the British authority.

This is no longer the truth- Indian women now have an equal right and have the freedom to work in any sector they like. Many powerful positions are held by women now and the evil acts and ignorant belief regarding women have almost vanished. Parents these days educate both their male and female children and this is indeed a very positive sign.

I think it is really hard to say how long it took. I believe it took several centuries! However, the good thing is, it finally happened and our generation has witnessed it.

How it happened?  - I would say education, globalisation, and the humanity played the most crucial roles in making it happen. Great people like Madhusree Dutta, Shruti Kapoor, Manasi Pradhan, Mamatha Raghuveer Achanta and Idrees Ul Haq  have contributed through their activity and voice to make it happen.

The education has broadened people's mind, has eradicated many superstitions and helped people become more rational and logical. Globalisation helped us compare our social conditions with that of many developed countries and have eliminated many false feeling of pride we had. Finally, humanity revived and made us more human and less animal to treat everybody equally regardless of their sex, colour and religion. There are still some discriminations but the progress has already been made.

This single sociocultural evolution has tremendous effects on people and the society in India. Both male and female are getting equal opportunities in education, job, politics and on other sectors and their combined contribution have helped a lot for the advancement of the country- economically and socially. This is further accelerating the education, industrial and agricultural productions and economic progress. The social unrest, domestic violence and overall crime have dropped and that ensures a better-living standard for all. Equal participation in job ensures better productivity and more reserve of the foreign remittance. Womens' participation in education, law-enforcing force, army, politics, business, factory and in other sectors have established us as an emerging superpower in the world and this had all been possible due to the social progress in equal opportunity.

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