Recently something reminded me that the World Women’s Day is approaching! Do you know what it was? It was an advertisement for special discount on jewellery in a famous e-commerce site, on the occasion of the Women’s Day! So, should we allow ourselves to think that the importance of Women’s Day is in having special offers on feminine things? No!
The movement that started in America more than a century ago, was focused on the rights of the women workers, who were denied equal privileges with the men workers. Later it spread throughout the world including countries like England, Germany, Denmark,Switzerland, Soviet Union and China, to end all kinds of discrimination against women, giving them the right to work, vote and speak up for their own issues.
Thus, the movements of the women got linked up with some vital chapters of the world history. We must remember the movement of the Russian women for ‘Bread and Peace’, in the context of the death of over 2 million Russian soldiers in world War I. International Women’s Day was celebrated for the first time in 1975, by the United Nations. Later in 1977, March 8 was recognized as the UN Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace!
No, I do not intend to discuss the history of the Day; you can find it from various other sources. I just mentioned it to remind my readers of the relevance of the issue. Now, the question is, how much aware we are about the issue. Isn’t it the responsibility of every woman to mark this day and do something new to change her life, as well as that of others, instead of buying garments and jewellery?
I think, nothing can be there as ‘the rights of the women’, it is rather the human rights, which must be attributed to women. A woman must be acknowledged as a human first, then as a woman, because gender should never be connected with humanity!
So, as a modern woman I have tried to become a human first, by not asking for the facility of reservation. I would never tell a man to carry my loads, rather I would pack as much as I can carry! I would never impose certain works like daily shopping, calling a mechanic or talking with the landlord on the men of my family, to be done by them only just because ‘I am not supposed to do those things being a woman’.
A proposal was raised that husbands should pay their wives for the household duties if the latter are staying at home. I personally think it is quite illogical. Home is a place to be organised with passion and love. The household works are my responsibility as a person; why on earth should I take payment for that? Not all housewives are forced to do a lot of works, and there are working women who struggle hard tobalance between work and home! There are unmarried women who put a lot of labor for household duties. And who will pay the women who are staying alone and taking all the loads by themselves? I think, it will complicate the issues further. If a person does not respect me because I do not have money, he will never do so even after I have some!
Rather, the women should be allowed to go outside for work and do the things they like. Rather men are supposed to share the household duties with their mother, wife, sister or daughter. The family members should stop ordering a woman to fulfil all of their needs; she should be allowed to do as much as she can. A woman must be allowed to have her leisure to spend time with her passion or her favorite things. Sacrifice is a wonderful thing, if and only if for a good cause; sacrifice for selfish and opportunist people is nothing but stupidity and a wastage of humanity!
Again, I repeat that for me, being Feminist means being Humanist. If Feminism means hatred against men, we are going to commit the same mistake as the Patriarchs have done for long! We must not forget that there are so many men who have fought for the causes of women, like Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Swami Vivekananda or Shree Ishwar Chandra Vidya Sagar! I am sorry that I can name only a few; there must be some others too!
And there are so many women who actually support Patriarchy; they criticise women for their dresses and support the rape of a girl who is ‘modern and independent’. I have seen ladies who think that they will have importance in the family as long as they are able to cook for others or wash their clothes! They feel insecure if men want to share the household works!
I hope, someday each and every mother will teach her son to have respect for ladies; to eye at girls with love and care, not with lust, because he is born from a woman’s womb! A mother can do wonders, she can make true human beings. So, the power of a woman should not be wasted in gossips! We must remember that each of us is a crucial unit of this vast society!
So, Ladies! Wake up! You have a lot of things to do for the nation! Discounts can be enjoyed on some other occasion!
Happy Women’s Day to all of my mothers and sisters around the world!