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International Women's Day 2018
International Women's Day is an occasion to
celebrate the progress made towards
achieving gender equality and women's
empowerment but also to critically reflect on
those accomplishments and strive for a
greater momentum towards gender equality
worldwide. It is a day to recognize the
extraordinary acts of women and to stand
together, as a united force, to advance
gender equality around the world.
IYSO Team INDIA has been working in all of its domains to promote
gender equality and women's rights and empowerment. Gender
Equality has been one of two Global Priorities of the organization
since 2008. Global Priority Gender Equality is implemented through
result-oriented actions with a wide range of partners.
This year, the UN theme for International Women’s Day, is “Time is
Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives,” echoing
the priority theme of the upcoming 62nd session of the UN
Commission on the Status of Women.
The UN will draw attention to the rights and activism of rural
women, who make up over a quarter of the world population and
majority of the 43 per cent of women in the global agricultural labor
force. Rural women and their organizations represent an enormous
potential, and they are on the move to claim their rights and
improve their livelihoods and wellbeing.
A woman. Most people would add adjectives like emotional, weak, soft-spoken, caring,
etc to describe her. But there are some people who say that women are strong. They are
optimists and the best persons to learn something from. A woman is someone who has
made life possible. If we say ‘woman’, she may be a mother, a wife, a daughter or even a
grandmother. A woman in her lifetime has a lot of chores to do and plenty of roles to
play. No wonder a woman should be proud to be herself.
The journey of anyone’s life starts at birth. A woman is born as a little girl. Do you think
all women as girls see the outside world at birth? Unfortunately ‘NO’. How shameful it is
to know that crimes like female feticide still persist in many parts of the world. Everyone
wants a boy child, but why? If there were boys left, then that would be the end of
human life. Without a woman no man can continue the later generations. This is today’s
mentality. It needs liberation. Of course, there are variations in the masculine and
feminine genders. But why are the males preferred more? Is it because they are bread
winners? Today, there are many women working and earning. But there should be
change from ‘many’ to ‘almost all’ which needs society’s encouragement for women’s
education. Today, there are many women who are at par with men. But the others
should also try and become independent and earn a living. Decision making is done
mostly by the man of the family and everyone has to accept it. But the fact is that many
problems are there which can be tackled only by women and not by men. For example, it
can be said that women have the power or the capacity for emotional bonding and
attachment. This is the result of the nurturing role played by a woman with her children.
Which woman wants conflicts? Which mother having children wants a war? The mother
always aims to keep her children safe and secured. So, a woman is the one who brings
peace into the world. A woman harbours care and concern for the society. These are the
qualities of the ‘feminine’ which are needed to nurture the children. The society needs
these powers of the woman. So, the sooner they come forward, the better it is. But, what
returns are women reaping for bringing peace in the society? Domestic violence, sexual
assaults, etc. These are the most common occurrences that we can observe in many houses
in India. Wife beatings, no food and endless torture and suffering. We should respect the
woman who does such a lot for each and everyone.
Many women today are employed. But today for employment, they are expected to live
their days like men. They are expected to have a ‘manly’ attitude towards their jobs. They
have to forsake their time with their children, their time with their families for whose sake
they have opted to work and earn. Unmarried women are also educated and are
employed. They then enter the world of business, earning and money. However, instead of
appreciating their work output and respecting them for it, women are treated
disrespectfully and looked upon as objects of entertainment. There are cases of rape and
sexual harassment reported from within the four walls of the corporate room almost every
second day throughout the world. Don’t these women deserve bigger measures of
respect? Don’t they have a right to live their life without any fear?
Because of this grave reality, the family members think twice before letting a matured
girl step out into the outside world. So the girl is married off to some male and she has
to take care of the children and the family and that is what her life is all about. There are
some women who are strong enough to enter the male dominated arenas. Then what
about their children? Are they to be left with the not so trust worthy maid? What will a
mother with a hard-hearted boss do when he thinks that the ‘Mom and Child’ valuable
time should be considered not so important on the days when there is a lot of work?
What will the consequences of this be? After all, every mother wants some precious
time with her children to become their best of friends.
Everyone wants women to work and earn and be a ‘masculine woman’. They expect
them to be strong, aggressive and have a ‘manly’ attitude. But working also needs
patience, care and emotional bonding. There are some characteristics needed for the
working world that we observe only in women. The inherent nature of women also
brings peace into the working world and thus reduces the misunderstandings and
disturbances in the same. So, let the women be what they are and how they are.
There are hardships encountered by women in all good deeds they do. They aspire to
make a better stand in the working world. But to truly make a better stand, it is
necessary for them to be better heard and understood and treated with pride, carrying
their capacity to nurture and spread peace to a higher platform and create a place of
respect for them in the society.
Now it’s our turn to do something for
women and bring happiness into their
world. Because of them we are here and
because of their nurture and care, their
children are reaching great heights of
A woman truly rules the world, so we
should respect the ruler and make her
feel that she is indeed someone
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How The Modern Indian
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