International Women’s Day falls on 8th March, a movement which initiated ages ago to bring the backbone of society as front-runners. Women the basic structure of any social system started the crusade to ask what they legally deserved in the early 1900’s. The movement gained momentum and today its celebrated across the 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 reason for their best suitability. This let me introspect and ask –
Are We Ready For Gender Parity?
Read IWD – Change the Perspective.
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 a 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 the 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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