Internationally, Women’s Day is observed on March 8. It stands as a collective effort to respect, empower and celebrate women progressing globally. Let’s try to comprehend the worthiness of women’s day celebration in India.
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This Women’s Day, ask yourself these questions:
Do we agree that the real celebration of Women’s Day is to empower them?
Have we been celebrating women empowerment hypocritically?
With women’s day around the corner, all the Indian citizens must introspect about the plight of women in their lives and in our country!
What does it mean to empower women?
From time immemorial, the women have been considered the second, the dependent, the oppressed, and only confined to the hearth. Gradually, the need to empower them thus aroused.
In simple terms, women empowerment means making them self-sufficient, self-dependent and self- confident. They must not be discriminated on any grounds but given equal rights and freedom to make decisions relating to their lives. Women Empowerment has become the latest buzzword in virtue of the need to establish a progressive society.
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How is the act of empowering women still a humbug in India?
Women empowerment is a façade masking bona fide condition of women in our country. In urban areas, a steady increase in the number of working women has been observed that is a semblance of reality about women. Women are molested, gang-raped and threatened in broad daylight even today. At the workplace, they are often marginalized and subjected to harassment and exploitation.
Women in rural parts of India live in and face even worse conditions. It appears like women’s day celebration is a mockery of exploitation faced by women in non-metropolitan cities. The so-called ‘emancipation of women’ should not be limited to processions and kitty parties held by people in urban areas like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and more. We ought to scrutinize the doleful working conditions for women in small towns and villages.
The success and liberation of only a small section of the women community do not provide us with the reason to rejoice and celebrate. There is still a long journey ahead to work towards uplifting the larger section of women who have been neglected, suppressed and denied her rights so far. This journey towards a better and brighter future for women will be incomplete until there are equal rights and opportunities for all.
As Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg says:
“A truly equal world would be one where women ran half our countries and companies and men ran half our homes.”
Only when the weakest and the most marginalized one is able to make use of her rights we can say that the emancipation of women in true sense has taken place. Only then we will truly and whole-hearted celebrate the Women’s Day.
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