International Women’s Day was celebrated in many parts of the world including Pakistan with utmost zeal and vigor. 8th March, a day out of 365, is dedicated to women for honoring them, glorifying and above all encouraging them for surviving in this society with such bravery and nerve. Gender equality is something which has always been the subject of considerable debate. Giving women their due rights and respect in society has always been a matter of concern. In order to recognize their worth, a specific day is devoted to them.
The International Women’s Day was first organized in 1910 by Clara Zatkin, a German Socialist. The idea of celebrating women’s day was unanimously approved by parliamentarians and women clubs. While the same day was recognized by United Nations as International Women’s Day. Since then every year 8th March is celebrated as Women’s Day.
UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon said,
Let us devote solid funding, courageous advocacy and unbending political will to achieve gender equality around the world. There is no greater investment in our common future.
Looking back, the condition of Pakistani women and the concept of gender equality was absolutely nil. But the present government has taken substantial steps to eradicate the discrimination from society to some extent. Passing the bill, related to domestic violence and punishing the culprit men, is certainly an appreciable step towards the gender equality. While also taking action against the hideous crime of honor killing shows Pakistani women are now not in as bad a shape as they used to be in past.
Do you know: Women’s Day is declared as a public holiday in many countries including Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova. (Source: Daily Times)
The Government of Pakistan has also established Women Development Department which was initiated on 8th March, 2012. It is set to safeguard women’s rights as well as to open new gates of opportunities for them. While it’s prime mission is to empower women and promote gender equality.
Google also celebrated International Women’s Day by posting a video of #OneDayIWill doodle on their home page featuring women who aspire to achieve something in the long run. Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan is also among the many determined ladies who said, “One Day I will … see every girl in school.”
This year United Nation’s theme for Women’s Day was “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step it up for Gender Equality”
Pakistani women like those of Benazir Bhutto, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, Malala Yousafzai, Bilquis Edhi, Samina Baig, Mariam Mukhtar, Muniba Mazari and the endless list of all such strong minded women proved through their unwavering will power and vigorous passion that women can rise above all odds and prove themselves against all barriers. All it needs is fortitude, strength and a fearless mind.
Women are in no way any lesser than their male counterparts. I hope this year and the years to come, will prove to be revolutionary for Pakistani women. Giving them their due importance and self-worth.
Wishing all the women a very happy Women’s Day.
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