The eight day of March every year is celebrated as International Women's Day all over the world; the day is celebrated in order to pay tribute to the indomitable spirit of each and every woman across the globe who has and is contributing to make this world a better place to live in. And with women continuously struggling to win battles of balancing and maintaining their professional and personal responsibilities in their daily lives, how can a mere day's celebration justify the true spirit of womanhood?
AT A time when cases of rape, dowry deaths, female foeticide and women illiteracy are burgeoning, what do women need - a glorified Women’s Day or something that can better their overall position in the society? Today celebrating International Women’s Day has become more of a commercial event where so-called women activists and feminists organize seminars and deliver long speeches that do no good to the society in general and fairer sex in particular.
On the eve of the day, Merinews spoke to various women and tried to understand what they felt about it and if at all there was a need to celebrate a particular day to press for their rights.
Let's talk beyond Women's Day Frankly, I do not think there should be a particular day for women to celebrate their womanhood and Indians still have not realized the importance of the day. I believe every day should be a women’s day. The day might bring our focus on the issues women faced but men hardly appreciate the significance of women. If we look at the entire Indian society, majority of women are still living in darkness or humiliation in almost all areas. For some, the International Women’s Day events are a necessity; for others it is a survival. Few steps can make the difference; men must learn to respect women. They need to respect them, trust them, be compassionate and understanding, never take them for-granted, consider their advice, never break communication for an unreasonable length of time and last but not the least the society must prevent societal preference towards males’(Neetu Banga, Structural Engineer)It’s our world too: Let us feel safeWomen’s Day is to celebrate the freedom and respect that women deserve in the society but in the current scenario women are highly unsafe and bonded by restrictions so there is no point celebrating the day. Every day would be women’s day if all the issues regarding their safety and security are resolved and they are allowed to live life on their own terms and conditions. (Priyanka Shankar, Journalism Student)Stop dominating: Equality is what we wantDespite progressing and marching ahead professionally, women most of the time have to suffer burns in their personal lives, the reason being that we still live in a society where male counterpart is yet to accept that women are equal to them in every way, be it social or economical. Why can’t men just keep their ego aside and consider women as a helping hand in shaping up a better tomorrow.(Ruchi Kapoor, Housewife)Stop Dowry practice: We are pricelessWhy can’t the society think big and progressive? Even today after much of “so called” advancement people have the same set of thoughts, till date people believe in taking and giving dowry. Every year we get to know about the divorce, harassment and dowry deaths.Are we women such an inferior class that our parents need to pay a price in order to get us married? As long as such norms of the society exist, celebrating International Women's Day makes no sense.(Kanika Sharma, Finance Executive)