From a week ago, I started receiving messages and invites from Brands and restaurants offering great deals, huge discounts on shopping and dining to women on March 8- to celebrate what they call today as -“International Women’s Day”. Honestly, it felt metaphorically “old school” where a man would take her woman on fancy dates and that is all would take to make her feel special. Men around me today laughed off asking, “Why don’t we have such days to celebrate and get such fancy discounts and deals” and I couldn’t help but feel- “Fair enough.”
As I woke up today, my phone was flooded with numerous forwards, WhatsApp messages, pictures, and videos that concluded the strongest words in support of women. I wonder how would just one day make a woman feel special when really she is still struggling to stand up for things like “equality” on the remaining days of the year?
One woman sends “Let’s celebrate womanhood together” on the occasion of “International Women’s Day” while the other days she is found back bitching about her contemporaries. That is the kind of bashing we deal with on a regular basis. Someone envies the other for her good looks, some for her better growth in career. Let alone the female-female bashing, isn’t it true:-
Somewhere inside each of us, there is a woman that is still struggling to convince her parents to let her work and pursue a career just like her brother.
Somewhere inside each of us, there is a woman that is still struggling to convince the society that it’s okay if she is 25 and still unmarried because she has goals and dreams to fulfill.
Somewhere inside each of us, there is a woman that is still struggling to get a payment equal to her male colleagues because she deserves it for the hard work that she puts in.
Somewhere inside each of us, there is a woman that is still struggling to be recognized for the efforts it takes to be a homemaker.
Somewhere inside each of us, there is a woman that is still struggling to walk freely outside at night and not be seen as “a commodity”.
Somewhere inside each of us, there is a woman that is still struggling to get the same respect as a daughter-in-law just like her husband receives as “son-in-law”.
The day we become more human towards each other and the day we don’t need to differentiate between the two genders, will be the day we won’t need a “Women’s Day” to make us feel special at all.
If we really wish to celebrate womanhood in it’s truest sense, let’s celebrate it every day and not just one day. Do not crush her dreams by reminding her of her responsibilities. Do not crush her body by reminding her she is weak. Because women are strong and “she” is the reason why “he” is and “he” will be.