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Saturday, February 04 2023

Choose to challenge to move towards equity everyday, not just today

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International Women’s Day, which falls on March 8, celebrates the most valuable contribution of women from all walks of life. Regardless of the position she has in the society, the women have made the world a better place with their power, determination, and confidence. From being powerless, they have thrived from all the societal hurdles, allowing them to become strong enough to surmount conservative bastion of the society.

This year, International Women’s day is celebrated to honour and praise the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women all across the world. The day also serves as a call to action for achieving gender parity. A lot of activity has been happening worldwide as all women and men join together to celebrate women’s equality.

Every year, International Women’s day is celebrated with a theme. This year’s goal is to make the world more gender equal for a sustainable future. The hashtags chosen for this year are #ChooseToChallenge and #IWD2022.

The day will be marked for honouring a woman’s achievement while also raising awareness about gender bias. It is our responsibility to accept and face this challenge to make it a reality.

When did it all start?

Since the early 1900s, International Women’s Day has been observed. During the year 1908, there was an ongoing critical debate among women about their oppression and inequity.

When 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay, and voting rights, the campaign for change became louder. The first Women’s Day was celebrated in the United States in 1909.

In Copenhagen, an international conference of working women was organised in 1910. Clara Zetkin, the leader of the Social Democratic Party’s Women’s Office in Germany, proposed the idea there. On March 19, 1911, Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland recognised International Women’s Day for the first time.

Women in Russia celebrated their first Women’s Day on February 23 during 1913 and 1914. Later, it was determined that March 8 would be the internationally recognised day to celebrate International Women’s Day. The United Nations commemorated International Women’s Day for the first time in 1975.

What is with the colour?

Three colours are used to represent and celebrate this special day. Purple stands for justice and dignity, green for hope, and white for purity. The colours were first established in 1908 by the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) in the UK.

What people shared

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote in his Twitter handle, “On Women’s Day, I salute our Nari Shakti and their accomplishments in diverse fields. The Government of India will keep focusing on women empowerment through its various schemes with an emphasis on dignity as well as opportunity.”

Taking to Twitter Health Minister Sudhakar said, “There is No HERO Without HER! As a caring mother, as a sweet sibling, as a life partner, as a proud daughter- thank you for being there always. Wishing all a very happy #WomensDay. Special thanks to our doctors, nurses, ASHA workers who are the pillars of our healthcare system.”

Jeni Maria, HR at Mphasis, Bengaluru stressed not to let the opinions of others weigh you down. “Do not look for validation from others. Remember you are strong, capable and do not have to over-explain yourself to make your point. You do you! You are phenomenal, so take the lead,” she added.

As much as society has progressed to an extent, women have been accepted for who they are, while also being tied down by the idealistic picture painted by each one of us portraying what is expected of them in a day to day scenario, said Annett Manoj, Data Reporter at Reuters in Bengaluru. “Women’s day, in all its endeavours, seeks to address the necessity to bridge gaps of the stigmas and give women equal recognition and acceptance in society. On this women’s day, let us all mould our perspectives and teach everyone toddler to elder, through our deeds, actions or the smallest of ways, to accept that man or woman, everyone is at par in the creator’s eye,” she added.

Speaking to NewsKarnataka Wilvia Dsouza who works as Content Writer said, “A global day of celebration for all women’s social, economic, cultural, and political accomplishments, International Women’s Day calls for accelerated gender parity. In today’s world, women are the most resilient and capable of climbing the corporate ladder, like the ‘queen’ in chess who protects the ‘king’ despite all the hardships. What they want the most is to be free to pursue their dreams. Happy Women’s Day.”

Aishwarya Pradeep, Assistant Professor at Marian College, Kuttikkanam opined that gender equality is no longer a myth. “It’s never too late for us to make it a reality. Today, we celebrate all of the achievements that women have contributed to a more sustainable future.”

“You’ve come a long way towards achieving equal rights. But you still have a long way to go before you’re on equal footing with men. This is a day to celebrate that progress while also remembering that the march is far from over. Do not become overwhelmed by the number of battles you must fight. The stand you take today, even in small everyday battles, will inspire others to take a stand in the future. Never let anyone else determine your worth as a person, and never be bothered by the comments of ignorant people. March forward in the face of opposition, never losing hope for the future,” said Content Strategist Sijin Jacob.

A note to all

Women possess the power to create, nurture, and transform lives. There is no limit to the horizon when it comes to pursuing your dreams. With this years’ celebration, let us recognise, rejoice, and raise awareness of women’s accomplishments! Let us address gender bias, atrocities, and discrimination against women and build a safer, secure and equal world together for every individual to live in.

Image by Elf-Moondance, Hansuan_Fabregas by Pixabay

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