On 8 March every year we celebrate International Women’s Day. But what is the actual meaning behind this cause celebre? The following article is a praise for all ordinary and special women in our lives, commemorating their indispensable role in the society’s seamless function both in compartments (family, education, professional life) and as a whole.
Origins of International Women’s Day
In the post-World War II environment, the newly-established organisation United Nations was among the pioneers to recognise the principle of equality before men and women. Under the U.N. Charter, the leading legal document in the world, this equality is absolute and applies in all aspects of social and private life. In theoretical terms, women have achieved the much desired principle of equality; however, real life paradigms reveal the disturbing truth. Sixty-five years after the institutionalisation of the United Nations, the role of women in society still does not receive the attention and respect it ought to have.
Despite real-life shortcomings, it is important to remember that the United Nations under the equality rule achieved consolidation of International Women’s Day on 8 March 1977. The U.N. General Assembly decided on the issue and formalised the above day as the landmark U.N. Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace. Since then, 8 March gained tremendous importance. Women had for the first time in history equality translated into something concrete, not just legislative texts. This was a special day put forward by the leading political authority in the world to celebrate women and their role in their society, liberate and empower them to seek the life of their dreams.
The same day also represents a trigger button which incentivises authorities and common people to stand up against gender inequalities. The actual significance of 8 March lies in this precise ambition, to report and revolt against infringement on the rights and status of women in modern societies. This application is universal in character and spans all aspects of social life from family treatment, access to education and employment, healthcare and nutrition, to political rights, legal representation and economic development. The 8 March represents a landmark day, a point of time where women begin to materialise the U.N. Charter provisions. The rest of us we can, either sit back and watch them formulate new societies, or contribute to their noble cause. In any case, we cannot hinder their progressive empowerment within the modern world and presumably, this is both morally and practically sensible.
Indicative Women Problems in Modern Age
Undeniably, there is still a lot to be done to reach the ideal of equality status between men and women in modern societies. However, the International Women’s Day is the vehicle that puts in motion different stakeholders and features of the society to attain this noble cause.
The 8 March is the living evidence as to why the world needs to respect more and empower women in their natural settings. According to recent U.N. reports, more than 33% of women across the world have experienced at least once in their lifetimes an incident of physical violence. The same figure for verbal abuses is tenth-fold. Further, in several parts of the developing world, wherein women’s social role has not yet fully reach a status equivalent to men, every minute at least six women are either threatened or undergo female genital mutilation – a heinous and inhumane custom. Meanwhile, every two seconds a girl under the age of 18 is destined for marriage.
These disturbing numbers signal if not radiate the importance of International Women’s Day as the focal institution in shaping future societies. People, political stakeholders and legislative institutions must embark on fixing the wrongs of local societies with respect to the treatment and position of women in the modern age. This can be attained by simply enforcing the U.N. Charter’s provisions – however, there is often a lack of will to do so. Hopefully, this will change in the coming years, helping women empower themselves and become the bearers of a future, brighter world.
The Importance of Women Empowerment
The U.N. have designated the theme for International Women’s Day in 2019 to be ‘Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change.’ The aspiration behind this message lies in a three-fold objective. First and foremostly, we must help women educate themselves, and receive quality nutrition and health standards. Families, educational establishments, peers and the society in general must help every child grow up and become a balanced and talented adult.
Second, we must allow women enter the workforce and become active contributors of personal and family financial development. U.N. reports have frequently cited women as the sole agents of economic growth for whole families even in the most adverse environments – let alone the impact of highly successful women in the western world economies. Finally, the rest members of the society must allow women pursue their dreams and through their unique life stories become paradigms and shape better societies.
This message applies to all women irrespective of any defining characteristics. It applies to our mothers, sisters, family relatives, friends, colleagues, even haters and unknown individuals. This is the real importance behind International Women’s Day celebrations – to transmit a message of empowerment for all women from NASA’s top scientist to the smallest village’s oldest grandmother.
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