Every year comes March 8, the International Womens Day. But how much change has really occurred. It is time to deliberate on some issues related to female freedom and male atrocities against women both at home and in the community all over the globe.
Every year comes March 8, the International Women’s Day. But how much change has really occurred. It is time to deliberate on some issues related to female freedom and male atrocities against women both at home and in the community all over the globe.
On March 8 in the year 1911 , Clara Zetkin the great champion of women rights as the leader of the newly founded ‘Women’s Office’ started up the first “International Women’s Day” on March 8, in 1911 launching the idea of it in Copenhagen. Over 100 women from 17 countries unanimously agreed the proposal . this campaign dated back to British MP John Stuart Mill , the first person in the British parliament calling for women’s right to vote. In 1908, 15000 women marched through
The International Women’s Day was at first observed in
International Women’s Day has been observed since 1911. During the period 1918-1999 International Women’s Day has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration across the developing and developed countries alike.But in the very year 1911 , in New York 140 working women most of them Italian and Jewish immigrants , sacrificed their lives and the disastrous even drew attention to the shabby working condition and labour legislation in the United States. This continued even in 1975 when the year was designated as International Women’s year by the United Nations. IWD is now an official holidy in
There are also dismal pictures because violence against women is rooted in the global culture of discrimination which denies women equal rights. Every year Violence at home and in the community devastate the lives of million women all over the world. In the
Of late I have read a few books related to Afghan family life and one of them is Khaled Hosseini’s mega –selling A Thousand Splendid Suns dealing with the mothers , daughters and wives in a society where religious social and cultural climates have worked together for centuries to limit their freedoms and opportunities. Women like Mariam and Laila in the novel suffer beneath their masked identity thrust upon them. Mariam is ‘harami’ a bastard child forced at 15 to marry Rasheed , a shoemaker near 50 because her father’s wives want to get rid of her. A generation later , the teen Laila is forced by a profound secret and a betrayal to also marry Rasheed. Women aged 31 to 40 and who have been married for six years or more are the most likely victims of domestic violence in
But this silence which gets longer and longer causes a lot of damage in the family. Women suffering from such silence get psychosomatic illnesses such as ulcers, high blood pressure and diabetes.
Then there are also stories of rampant abuse of female prisoners which cause mental breakdowns and suicides. A recent report issued by human rights group Amnesty International has documented extreme degree of mistreatment, sexually and otherwise , suffered by the growing population of incarcerated American women at the hands of prison authorities. Amnesty found more than 1000 cases of sexual abuses. There are many more unreported cases of such nature. In
We need to prevent violence through indirect education , such as through the child’s upbringing and through the media. People should come out in the open to discuss domestic violence and to raise awareness of domestic violence and encourage government and civil societies to take action to help prevent the problems of women tortures and assist victims. The need of the hour is to help control male anger against women.