Spreading your wings and flying high in the sky is liberation but using that power to help others in exploring their competence and giving them confidence to fly is empowerment!
Certainly, when you are empowered, a need for recognition comes along with it - you want to celebrate the glory of power which you have attained after crossing valleys of obstacles. You feel like standing on the top of Mount Everest and make an announcement to the world of your achievements. The very moment you reach a place which is a dream for many - apart from celebration, there comes a moral obligation to guide them the right path and support them to reach there.
Today the whole atmosphere carries a contagious feeling of empowerment and liberty. Everyone seems to be so elated as the world celebrates International Women's Day. Zeal and spark can be seen in the eyes of every woman, as many of them are invitees in conferences, workshops, talk shows and events to give speeches and share their side of success story. All this looks so fancy and attractive that its impossible to abstain yourself from being a part of this drama.
Despite of that, I am unable to stop myself from asking this question to all the women who are ready to rock the floors dressed up in their expensive new attire portraying their freedom and modernism. Do you have any idea about why we are celebrating this day? Or you have just jumped into this with the Herd instinct. In fact, till date, I was also celebrating this day by just forwarding couple of inspiring messages to women around me and saluting the way they have led their lives and contributed towards wellbeing of family, society and nation. Is that enough? Or we need to do something else.
UNESCO writes, “International Women’s Day is an occasion to celebrate the progress made towards achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment but also to critically reflect on those accomplishments and strive for a greater momentum towards gender equality worldwide. It is a day to recognise the extraordinary acts of women and to stand together, as a united force, to advance gender equality around the world.”
Now the terms like gender parity and gender equality means that males and females must be at par, may it be then ‘sex ratio’ or the contribution of men and women in every dimension of life. Do you think that is possible in near future? I am not underestimating the capability or power of women; all I want to say it – Do we really need to be at par with men just for satisfying our ego? So that we get a chance to display our empowerment to other women who are left behind in proving gender parity. Our main objective is to prove to other women that we are more empowered than them, just because we are at par with our male counterparts. We have started a CAT RACE along with the ongoing rat race. Isn't it?
According to a recent economic survey the sex ratio shows an upward trend in India having 1020 females per 1000 males in the year 2022 as compared to 940 females per 1000 males in the year 2011. Does that mean female feticide has dropped or it’s just the number game? If just for once we believe that yeah it has dropped, so here comes another question are we taking proper care of the girls being born by providing them appropriate nutrition, giving them formal education and equal opportunities to grow and not the least giving them a safe environment to live.
Now please do not start questioning government for everything, as they are doing quite well on their part. And even if they are not, can we not take responsibility for creating and shaping the future of women and women of future? Can we not support each other, irrespective of age, class, income group, generation, education, qualification and status? Is it really that difficult to help someone in achieving something, when we are capable of doing so?
Recently, I was reading an article which says we are living with a scarcity mindset – women can only have a limited quota of power. So, if one of them has power, she’s depriving another; women are busy in wresting power from each other – instead of the real beneficiaries, who takes the privilege of being a monkey amongst the cats.
#BreakTheBias is the theme for this International Day which says, “Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day.”
Breaking the bias between men and women is important but more important is that we as a women should be united and stand together for each other in all circumstances, because I feel in most of the cases men supports women and even if they don’t. Is it not our responsibility to come out of our prejudiced mindsets and accept women the way they are, without any judgements?
On this women’s day, let’s empower ourselves genuinely – stop judging and evaluating each other based on our physiques, professions, passions, positions and possessions. Let’s be united to stand together for each other and break all the bias within us and amongst us – that’s the real empowerment of women and liberation in true sense which gives a genuine reason for celebrating this day with a happy heart and smiling face.
Happy Women’s Day!❤️❤️