International Women’s Day 2018 calls for #PressForProgress

International Women’s Day falls on 8th March, a movement which initiated ages ago to bring the back-bone of society as front-runners. Women the basic structure of any social system, started the crusade to ask what they legally deserved in early 1900’s. The movement gained momentum and today its celebrated across globe with much dedication & enthusiasm.

The campaign theme 2018 for International Women’s Day is #PressForProgress, which attributes to equality across all areas for women. Gender Parity or Equality – these words have garnered many mixed reactions from common folk on social media. Each reasons for their best suitability. This let me introspect and ask –

Are We Ready For Gender Parity? 

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International Women’s Day 2018 – Press For Progress

Many television debates or public forums have frequently raised the topic of gender equality. What is gender equality if I may ask –

Gender equality, also known as sexual equality, is the state of equal ease of access to resources and opportunities regardless of gender. Including economic participation and decision-making; and the state of valuing different behaviors, aspirations and needs equally, regardless of gender.” – source Wikipedia

Yes, many of us might agree of having gender parity; but there are scores of women who are still fighting for their rights. On that note – when I asked my domestic help, who earns more in her household; the reply was – Me & my daughters.

Society’s caretaker is an elderly lady, who has been sweeping the community area since last decade or so. I went to ask her – If she takes all decisions in her household? She smiled widely, showing her tobacco stained teeth and said – ‘kisi mein akkal hi nahi paise ki’ (no one has monetary knowledge at her house).

The garland lady – she drops marigold garlands to my home every alternate day. This time I caught her to chit-o-chat and asked the same question. Her reply shocked me a little – She left her family home & husband in Bihar some 30 yeas back to earn a decent living in big city. The yearly visit to native is only to sell off the agri-produce and get her share from it. Her decision, her choice.

Point to Ponder this International Women’s Day

The society is changing, so is the role of women. There are many examples of living inspirations we see everyday around us. Remember that questioning sessions in school days – Who is your Ideal women? Today I would say –  every woman who has an opinion. Earlier we had just a handful of women at the helm of affairs, but it’s not same anymore. We have our country’s Defense Minister a strong Lady. External Affair’s Minister – lady of steel. We have many women Top Executives in Multinational cooperates today.

Today the focus should be on #PressForProgress, as rightly the campaign theme of International Women’s day is. Gender parity again brings us to millennia old debate of who does what? But the fact remains the same – Women have progressed to great heights from where they were in early 1900’s. Now, is the time to take a joint stand and Progress Together.

On this note, I wish each and every women of this World – Happy Women’s Day 8th March!

Keep Striving; Keep Progressing.

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  1. Agree you that much has changed since the beginning of 1900’s with respect to women’s right. However we are much away from the desired. So as rightly said by you, we must keep striving and progressing! Lets make the world better for our daughters and for our future generations; a worthy place to live their life.

    Anagha Yatin
  2. We have come a long way and yet there are miles to go! I believe the day a woman is considered an equal stakeholder and her opinion is expected in every matter that impacts her life, we would have achieved what we set out to do.

  3. Gender parity is when we stop defining who does what. Everyone should feel comfortable in doing what he or she wants, without the fear of society telling them who does what. Loved your write up, hope we achieve the gender equality soon!

  4. “Who is your role model? The woman with an opinion.” This is a strong caption but how many of us do follow? It is high time we should change not for the society but ourselves. Happy Woman’s Day!!

  5. Gender equality is something which is a big topic of discussion. I am proud that today even our maids are also aware of their rights and earning not only to help family but fr their well being…

  6. Though the scenario might seem changed a lot, but when we actually look closely to the major components of our society the gender parity seems a long awaited task again. Even if I ask my maid, she is earning more than anyone in her household, but still she doesn’t have financial power to take decisions.

  7. Getting such inspiring answers from women from supposed underprivileged backgrounds only means how far women have come, and not just now. We create and demand equality and fight for it if denied. Good post, Dipika.

  8. Agree with every word. No doubt woman have risen to great heights today, but we can’t deny that a large number of women are still struggling on a daily basis for their basic rights, their core happiness. I hope this one day of Women’s Celebration extends to year long where each day we treat women same as on this day. 🙂

  9. Absolutely it is the time for #PressForProgess, because this is how our country will build up when both Male and females share equal amount of responsibilities and put equal amount of efforts!

    Prerna Sinha

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