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International Women’s Day

2015-03-10 03:49:39  来源: 【返回列表】

International Women’s Day

By Ishwor Pandit

International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women’s past, present and future. Women’s Day is a national holiday in many nations. Women’s day is just like the mixture of Mother’s day and Valentine’s Day because it’s the day when both the child and husband or loving one of women honors her with love & care.

A mother’s impact is immense on shaping the future of humanity. A mother has been endowed with a special gift from nature to give unconditional love to her children and family, and to bind the family together. Therefore the saying that, god created mother because he could not be present everywhere. Values and approaches in life are learnt by children from their mother. A women’s role extends from being an important member of the family such as daughter sister wife and mother to being a determinant of social development as well as an architect of and contributor to building the nation. As love and kindness are the essential qualities of motherhood, women contribute to the development of a good family, a compassionate society, a progressive nation and a more tolerant world.

Each year we celebrate International Woman’s Day on March 8th with a determination to commemorate the achievements of women, and to acknowledge the special status they deserve in society. The significant question is what difference has it made to the position of women? Have women become really strong and have their long term struggles ended?

Though women have progressed in a number of spheres, yet looking from a wider perspective, the situation remains grim. According to the statistics by UNO, out of 1.3 billion people who live in an absolute poverty around the globe, 70 percent are women. Reflecting on UNESCO’s medium term strategy 2008 to 13, gender equality has been assigned as organization’s global priority. Astonishingly, two third of the 774 million adults in the world who cannot read is women.

 

 

The context in the developing and the third world is worse. Women here are still subject to honor killings. They are still denied their basic rights to education and freedom and face violence and abuse. It has been observed that the girls are considered as temporary people who would cease to exist, at least for their fathers once they are married. In many places in Terai, domestic violence is acceptable to women and cultural and ethical implications are imposed on their freedom. What does that mean? It would be wrong to state that nothing has changed as a number of local, national and international organizations are working together to mitigate the problems, yet there is long way to go. 

A critical aspect of promoting gender equality is the empowerment of women, with a focus on identifying and redressing power imbalances and giving women more autonomy to manage their own lives.

Women’s empowerment is vital to sustainable development and the realization of human rights for all. Where women’s status is low, family size tends to be large, which makes it more difficult for families to thrive. Population and development and reproductive health programs are more effective when they address the educational opportunities, status and empowerment of women. When women are empowered, whole families benefit, and these benefits often have ripple effects to future generations.

The roles that men and women play in society are not biologically determined - they are socially determined, changing and changeable. Although they may be justified as being required by culture or religion, these roles vary widely by locality and change over time.