Mahatma Gandhi said, ‘Intellectually, mentally, and spiritually, woman is equivalent to a male and she can participate in every activity.”
From Sita in Ramayana to Kannagi in Silapathikaram to Rani Jhansi are not only celebrated women but also their contribution to social change and awareness had been immense. Even Ramakrishna parmahamsar is said to have worshipped his wife.
A Woman plays many aspects in our lives. Born as a child, she is a daughter to someone, and a sister to a brother. As she goes through new phases of life, there comes a stage when she plans to be a life partner to a man. Fulfilling all her promises and supporting her life partner, she becomes a mother. And we all love to hear stories from our grandmother.
Women’s day roots lies in the early 1900s when oppression and inequality was spurring women to become more vocal and active in campaigning for change. The first National Woman’s Day was more or less a political event, observed across the United States on 28 February. It was the initiative of Socialist Party of America. Women continued to celebrate National Woman’s Day on the last Sunday of February until 1913. In 1913, International Women’s Day was transferred to 8 March and this day has remained the global date for International Women’s Day ever since. In the same year, it further spread to other European countries.
In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation, and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political, and social achievements.
Every year Women’s day is celebrated with a theme. Keeping in mind the present fight of women all around the world for equality, for an equal treatment as of men. The International Woman’s Day theme for 2016 is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”. An independent campaign, separate from the UN, is being run by financial firm EY with other corporate partners, organizing events around a #PledgeForParity hashtag.
Women have fought for their equality with a reason and there is no less evidence that they surely deserve equality. Women proves in every field, be it the police, army, corporate world, politics, media, and of course at home, shows how competent they are in real life.
So, this International Women’s Day, lets pledge for parity!