Woman- An Untold Story: International Women’s Day

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World of Wonderful Woman

A woman perhaps is the superpower in a human form our Mother Nature has ever created. How wondrous it is that even we call the nature as a mother- as a woman! A woman encompasses every other creation within her. It is rather a proud and cherishing moment that they are blessed with the XX chromosome that makes them women…
A woman can turn winter to spring, a poison to medicine and dark nights to bright days. She can do this with her innate compassion and unconditional respect. Women are inherent with such virtues that are unfathomable. Even sometimes a woman is unaware of what power she possess!!! Therefore, let us adore, cherish, love, and be grateful to the Creator that women exist on this blue planet not only on the International Women’s Day but every day.

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press-for-progress-the 2018 theme for International women’s day

Significance and History of International Women’s day

Well, International Women’s day is marked with the worldwide assembly of women to celebrate their achievements – covering all the areas of social and political fields. It also calls for gender equality. Since the early 1900s, this day comes each year on March 8. It brings together all women’s organizations, corporations, and charities along with the governments. Following the tradition of this day we see lots of arts performances, talks, rallies, networking events, conferences, and marches. Google represents the day with its interactive doodles.

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Going back to its roots, in 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York City urging for voting rights, better pay and shorter working hours. Next year, the Socialist Party of America declared the first National Woman’s Day in the US on February 28. In 1910, Clara Zetkin – leader of the ‘women’s office’ for the Social Democratic Party in Germany opined the idea of holding an International Women’s Day for every country to celebrate one day every year to push for their demands. Thereafter, a conference of more than 100 women from 17 countries consented to form IWD. The first celebration happened in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland on March 19, 1911. Later in 1913, the date of IWD became March 8 and the commemoration happens from that day onwards. The former US President Barack Obama proclaimed March to be ‘Women’s History Month’ in 2011.

Why do we celebrate it?

The original aim of on International Women’s Day was to achieve full gender equality for women around the world – has still not been realized. According to the World Economic Forum, women might face another 118-year wait before the global equality gap disappears entirely. In business or politics, women are still not present in equal numbers thus persisting the gender pay gap across the globe.

May you live in such a way that others will say, “She is a woman, though ordinary, somehow stands out, and has a beautiful story to tell.” – Daisaku Ikeda

When all said and done it’s just not that we should designate a particular day for sake of women. It’s a sheer contradiction when suddenly everyone starts believing in the women’s potential, their empowerment and the rest of the year they are silent. Rather than just showing off what we can do on this day are:

  • Pledging to help girls and women to achieve their ambitions; fulfill their dreams, call for gender-balanced leadership and create flexible cultures.
  • Be aware of what’s happening and see how we can bring a change through our own heartfelt dialogues.
  • Ponder what actions can we take so that the women and children get rid of unreasonable suffering starting from my own family and neighborhood.

 

India and Women’s Day

Countries celebrate Women’s Day by keeping official holidays and sending gifts to them. While some are striving for women power to unleash in different ways, India is quite lagging behind. It is a multilinguistic country with rich traditions and cultures, yet the protection of women is at stake let alone be the empowerment.

 

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The proportion of women or girls under 20(120 million) who are forced into sexual activity going unreported.

“Women empowerment” is a heavy term where a girlchild dies per minute (either killing or by any other form of suffering). A girl child is 75% more likely to die in India than a boy child. The most intelligent creations i.e human being, we are our own savior before anything else. Let us better understand and work together in unity. If we are unable to make changes even if it is a small change then the revolution would be a far-fetched word. The time won’t come if we don’t create the time. The time is here and now!!!

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