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Painting by Mariëlle
I started writing this post in the morning, and then was out most of the day, and probably I'm the only one posting a woman's day post at the fag end of the day. But nonetheless, let me post it before it's too late.
So here we are, celebrating
International Women’s Day today with much pomp and grandeur. The morning news
paper came with more advertisements and less content. So every other jeweler
brand, cosmetic brand, clothing brand is offering some extra discount for the
women today to make them feel special. All said and done, when you actually
read the news three headlines made me think – what happens at the end of this
celebration, what is the use when the story remains unchanged. I am sure when
you read them (if you have already not read) you will be equally shocked
In Lucknow a girl gets gang raped
by ‘influential’ men and is under Police protection. Sounds like you read these
every other day. Then hold on. She is kidnapped from her house again and gang
raped again by the same people, strangulated and left in the fields to die. And
all this when two police constable were present at her house at the time of
this ‘kidnapping’. It seems the constables were busy with their dinner and
wearing shoes! The girl lived to tell this tale. The main accused is the
husband of the village pradhan who managed to get 30,000 votes for the local
MLA and that explains why he is not behind the bar, forget behind the bar,
police are reluctant to lodge a FIR!! But God kept her alive and I hope the
accused gets at least life imprisonment. You can read more about it here.
had been trying to reason with my parents that I wanted to study and that I am
too young to get married. But they couldn't understand. And they kept insisting
I would not get a better match than this one. I was at a loss as how to deal
with the situation because no one was trying to understand the trauma I was
going through," are the words of a 15 year old girl from Kolkata, whose
parents were marrying her off against her wishes. [Taken from TOI and you can
read the article here.] But yes it’s a triumph for her, when she
persuaded her friend to Child help line and they rescued the minor girl in time
and saved her from the shackles of marriage at this tender age.
Organization for Economic
co-operation and Development (OECD) in their recent survey has found only Indian
men spend only 19 minutes a day on an average on unpaid routine works (house
hold chores, cooking, taking care of house – the so called works of a
housewife) where as globally men spend much more time in doing these stuffs.
Hats off to the Slovenian men who contribute 114 minutes on an average! Women
in India spend 298 minutes in unpaid household work – so she not only has a day
job, but have to cook, mop, take care of house, child and god knows what not.
Read the article here.
So are we liberated or are we
still under oppression? I cannot fathom an incident like the first can actually
happen and the police constables were busy wearing shoes!!!
The theme for today’s International Women’s Day is
true in its right sense. Gone are the days when we the women should sob over
the curtailed dreams and broken wings. I
need the inspiring change for women’s equality. We are not an object to be
ogled at, or chanced upon, or taken granted for. I need inspiring change for growth of women owned business. We know
how to take care of ourselves, and we definitely know how to run a business. We
have grown with our home grown businesses, and a day will definitely come when
the Eve will rise above the men. [In my mind they are always mightier]. I need inspiring change for financial
independence of women. To me that’s very very critical. Managing your own
finances so that you cannot be questioned, so that you pay for your dreams, so
that no one can tell you “why you need
money”, “I am giving you money so you
be grateful”. But for the greater half of the population – it’s your
independence, better have that for yourself and your kids than sacrificing your
money over others. I feel happy to us – women – successful in every field – the
corporate world, politics (well not quite the current Indian Scenario though),
sports, science. We definitely are not the weaker sex – though that’s how a lot
of people like to think like that.
But there’s still a long way to
go, for all the progressing countries and the third world countries. When I
read articles by Malala Yousufzai, or a book called Dear Zari: The Secret Lives of women in Afghanistan, I know the
journey has only started and there is a long long way to go. There is a need of
an inspiring change on how some societies function and some just bring tears.
Being a woman is tough. I don’t
know if it was tougher in ancient days, but definitely it’s tough now in the
present days. Being a woman today means a woman having to learn self defense, a
woman having to carry pepper spray, a woman being ogled at, or a woman suffering
silently within the boundaries of home. But this energy will explode, and the
day it does, we’ll fly. There’s no stopping the women energy, the energy of
creation, the energy of strength, the energy of purity. Long live women and as
it’s rightly said, today it’s only the 356th day of Women’s Day
because every day is a day for the women spirit. Proud to be a woman.
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I had written a poetry on a
similar theme earlier, linking that post here .
And by the way this is how we
celebrated Women’s Day today. Being absolutely Crazy with my school friends. That’s
me in the purple wig!! Yes that's exactly how colorful and lovely women are.
Linking this post for Write Tribes Festival of Words. Today's prompt is Women and Inspiring Change . I came to know about it only on Day 3 so You can find my posts from Day 3 onwards.
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