On 8 March 2012,the world marked “international women’s day.” As a ritual it was celebrated this year as an effort to give privilege,honor,support and to highlight the core issues being faced by the women across the globe.
This day had been celebrated whole-heatedly by the world as always.
But a big question arises on why are these important issues being addressed just once a year?Does the women across the world deserve only this much of respect that a single day is being delegated for them from within the very 365 days of a year?
Are women across the world getting their right in the same way men ?Are they being protected from getting treated as the second-citizens of the world especially in the south-eastern part of the world?
The answer unfortunately is no.
Its common practice to hear women being beaten by their in-laws or being sexually harassed,not heard by the courts because of them being considered inferior then men.
These stories are not just the stories of the part of the world I live in,”PAKISTAN” but can also be observed in many so-called developed counties.
However,on the contrary,their are some women who are working for the empowerment and betterment of the other women.
Recently,Sharmeen Obaid Chinoey,from Pakistan won an Oscar for Saving Faces, a documentary portraying the issues of the women in Pakistan.
Such good efforts should continue their way ahead at least to heal some of the pains of the women being treated unjustly.
In a nut shell, I believe a constant and continuous effort in order to support women’s day and the rights they need to have is a need of the hour. The world cannot move an inch ahead if the women(mothers,sisters and wives) are all not included in the progress of the fast-changing world.
Empowering and educating the women,accepting and protecting their rights is what we can do in an effort to pay-off for the countless sacrifices women have always made.
I hope the support for women and their rights goes beyond celebrating the Women’s Day.