They say it is International women’s day (IWD) today, on March 8. One need not wonder what about the other days? Men should also not feel insecure about knowing or celebrating the IWD or breaking their head in finding the International men day. All days are for all the creatures in this planet which rotates on its axis that causes day and night which we count for 24 hours.
Yes, this is a special day for women (and men) as it is to celebrate the success of women in their respective fields and also to applaud the new areas the women are exploring and conquering. There is effectively nothing left in this world that can be termed as ‘man only’ domain which nature has not restricted. And that brings the needle of the gender balance to the middle.
However there is another aspect of such celebrations. What is the relevance and applicability of the seminars, conferences etc. organized on this day? Who benefits? Are the people attending them are unaware of those points highlighted in the talks? There need to be much more ground celebrations on this day. Especially among the poor, the tribal and the orthodox part of the world where the women are still struggling to get their due share of respect and equality.
On this day, let each one of us carry out an introspection on this day as to how much we have contributed towards the equality of women? At least to the women whom we are living with, to our sisters, our daughters and above all, the better half? As men we may not have much say on what goes through our mother or the sister but definitely, we are responsible to what kind of treatment we give to our daughters and wife. If we correct ourselves at personal level there, things will be definitely under balance.
As far as the official scenario is concerned, there is a lot improvement required. But if we understand our responsibility and remain true to ourselves, there will be drastic improvement. Can we imagine a scenario where:
In office as the boss, we ensure that the women subordinates are treated equally without any prejudice.
- In public places we keep our eye focus on the women same way as we do it for men.
- In isolated areas we do not get the adrenaline rush pumping out seeing a lonely woman.
- We treat our daughter –in-law equal (if not better) to our daughters
- The police personnel nail the ‘crime against women’ culprits on war footing
- A pregnant woman is treated as Goddess.
- The worker class women are treated with respect and pride and not someone who can be taken for a ride, literally.
- The cases in the court bear priority tag with lawyers pushing for speedy justice.
- The mercy petitions for ‘crime against women’ are out rightly rejected.
- The administrators at local and district level see that the women applicants are given their due.
- The husbands share the household tasks equally especially the kitchen.
- The diapers of the kids are equally changed by the fathers.
- The fathers take care of the kids for a considerable amount of time.
This is definitely not a comprehensive list which takes care of the inherent inequality that is embedded in the system nor is the commandments for a balanced society. If anywhere we feel we fit in, let’s improve upon that area with the efforts that come directly from the bottom of the heart. That certainly will be a great tribute to the society (not women) on this IWD.