Gender equality is not a woman’s issue, it is a human issue.
It affects us all.
International Women’s day is held on 8th March every year to celebrate social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women all over the world. The theme for this year’s campaign was #PressforProgress and commit to a Gender Parity mindset. Women all over the world are talking about bringing in the change, activists are running various campaigns and movements to empower women for a better tomorrow.
It’s almost a week now that we celebrated Women’s Day, but the celebrations didn’t end there. Neither the campaigns nor the movements. Like many other women out there, I too decided to be a part of the campaign this time by voicing my views and opinions and taking a pledge to #PressforProgress. I wrote a post supporting this on my Instagram, which I am sharing below, click on the below picture to read the caption.
We have come a long way in this fight for equality still there’s a lot to be done and change. But I never understood why do we have to fight so much for something which belongs to everyone. The Rights, either they belong to everyone or to none. Why are the privileges being asked for? The other half of the population who is making this task difficult for the world need to open up their mind and see. And let me tell you this other half doesn’t only consist of men but also the women who should be ashamed of their mindset.
Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.
– G.D Anderson
The change we seek!
I remember when I was a kid, I used to fight a lot with my relatives for things which they claimed are meant for boys only. For instance, I was not allowed to play outside until late but my male cousins were free to roam around with their friends and were never questioned. I was looked down upon whenever I wore shorts or behaved in a manner which was meant appropriate only for the boys. My cousin sisters were not even encouraged to study further even if they wanted to. Why do we create this gap between genders from such a small age?
Now the times have changed, girls are given more freedom, parents are more considerate of the girl child, they are given equal opportunities and support from the society to a great extent. Still, the gender disparity is an issue as the gap has not yet narrowed down. Now the problems are different but they are there.
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A few days back I read this quote somewhere, which said ‘I don’t want a girl child as I am afraid that she will get raped someday.‘ This broke me from inside because somewhere deep down I knew this is the reality. There are no strict laws for such heinous crimes in a country like ours. We want a better world where the women feel secure and respected.
We got to work together to bring about that change, Women’s day is the reminder we set every year to refresh our aims & remind ourselves of what we deserve. We should make our daughters strong if the laws are taking time to be in place. And have to teach our sons the true meaning of respect and strength. Women have to support each other rather than fight and compete aimlessly.
The fear is within and we have to fight it together. I am fighting it, are you?
Let’s pledge to fight gender disparity starting from our own homes.
As the world celebrates the International Women’s day, a bunch of bloggers has come together to rejoice this spirit of womanhood with this blog train hosted by Neha from Sharing Our Experiences, Deepali from My Teeny Tot and Anubhuti from Cries n Laughter for the month of March.
I would like to thank Hena Jose for introducing me in her blog-post Science and Samosa and I would further like to introduce Reetuparna who blogs at Ritzily Yours. So, hop on this blog train to read some interesting and intriguing posts on womanhood.
Thanks for reading. If you liked this post, then don’t forget to share it with your friends and family. Do leave a comment below what you think about this year’s campaign #PressforProgress?
Good post. We surely are seeing more women in public roles and jobs. The only thing that worries me is increase crime against women
Great post Neha.. I can so relate. Thankfully my parents havnt discriminated any thing meant for boys/girls and we both siblings get to do and learn everything
Absolutely agree that we need to start working towards gender parity right from our Homes by educating our girls to be strong and our sons to be respectful towards women. Nice write up?
Fantastic cause #pressforprogress. I totally agree that women are already strong it is just that the perfection of her being the weaker sex needs to change.
Absolutely agree! As a mom of a daughter and of a boy, I make sure that my daughter knows she will always have a choice and she doesn’t need to wait for some.knight in shining armor while I teach my son to respect others choices and learn to be self sufficient.
It is indeed heartbreaking. To hear, that the our girl child can be raped. 🙁
It’s about time- to make some noise about it.
Enjoyed the article, all relevant points ??
I heard that tape by RJ naved and was disheartened too …important is to create a safe world together..
I agree , yet lots needs to be done. However we can keep writing on issues and keep spreading awareness. First thing that needs be done is being non judgmental . Women only put down women. That needs for change . Women need to raise their boys well. Women of daughters need to raise them without any gender bias. Only if women Join hands in this cause , we certainly will not need men’s support in the cause . Hope it changes soon.
I consider myself fortunate for not having a gender biased atmosphere home or outside .. rules were the same for my brother and me 🙂
I believe equality has to begin from home
Powerful thoughts. I wish we all could stand for each other and awaken our strength.
Wow, lovely write up. I consider myself fortunate that I was raised by my parents to believe and act like I am, without bothering about the gender bias. In fact, my brother had more rules than we girls had. This is exactly what I’m planning to do with my son as well.
Well said!!! We have a long way to go.
Really an awsome write up!!! Kudos to you Neha
I second you Neha. We all need to be more careful about the kind of environment we want bring up our girls in. A good start goes a long way.
Completely agree with you Neha. and even though I don’t want it to be True. It is true that having a girl child nowadays means a fear that anything could happen to her. Acid attacks, rapes, mutilations are becoming so common nowadays that its really scary. I wish somehow the society becomes kinder with time