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Musings on Women’s Day

As the world prepares to commemorate International Women’s Day on March 8th, it’s a poignant moment for women across India to reflect on their ongoing struggles and achievements. In the words of Luce Irigaray, an Italian poetess, and author, women bear the seed, flower, and fruit of life, constantly repairing its fabric. Yet, their journey towards equality and recognition remains fraught with challenges, particularly under the present regime. From the poignant tales of Bilkis, Jahira, and countless others, to the recent atrocities in Hathras and Kathua, women in India continue to grapple with systemic injustices. Despite constitutional protections, their rights and freedoms are under constant threat, while perpetrators of violence often go unpunished

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As the world prepares to commemorate International Women’s Day on March 8th, it’s a poignant moment for women across India to reflect on their ongoing struggles and achievements. In the words of Luce Irigaray, an Italian poetess, and author, women bear the seed, flower, and fruit of life, constantly repairing its fabric. Yet, their journey towards equality and recognition remains fraught with challenges, particularly under the present regime. From the poignant tales of Bilkis, Jahira, and countless others, to the recent atrocities in Hathras and Kathua, women in India continue to grapple with systemic injustices. Despite constitutional protections, their rights and freedoms are under constant threat, while perpetrators of violence often go unpunished. Yet, International Women’s Day serves as a reminder of their resilience and the strides made towards gender equality.  The theme of International Women’s Day in 2023, “Embrace Equity,” resonates deeply in the current socio-political climate. It calls upon governments and leaders to address gender disparities and ensure equal opportunities for all. This echoes the sentiments of women’s rights activists who have long fought for suffrage and equal rights, dating back to the early 20th century.

Throughout history, women advocating for their rights have faced harsh criticism and ridicule. Figures like Mary Wollstonecraft, who championed suffrage in England, were labelled as “filthy witches,” while others, like Madam Curie, faced discrimination in their pursuit of scientific acclaim. Despite these obstacles, women have persisted in their quest for equality, with organized movements gaining momentum over time. The October Revolution of 1917 marked a turning point for women’s liberation in Russia, with initiatives aimed at dismantling traditional gender roles. Leaders like Lenin recognised the importance of women’s participation in both the economy and society, advocating for collective solutions to household drudgery. Figures like Kollontai highlighted the oppressive nature of the traditional family structure, arguing that true emancipation could only be achieved through gender equality at home and in the workplace. Today, as we celebrate International Women’s Day, it is imperative to acknowledge the progress made towards gender equality, while also recognising the challenges that remain. Women in India continue to face barriers to full participation in society, from economic inequality to systemic violence.

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As we celebrate International Women’s Day, it is imperative to acknowledge the progress made towards gender equality, while also recognising the challenges that remain. Women in India continue to face barriers to full participation in society, from economic inequality to systemic violence. It is incumbent upon all of us to continue the fight for gender equity, ensuring that every woman has the opportunity to fulfil her potential. As we commemorate International Women’s Day, let us recommit ourselves to the ongoing struggle for gender equality. Let us honour the resilience and strength of women across India, who continue to defy expectations and push for a more just and equitable world. Only through collective action and solidarity can we truly embrace the spirit of International Women’s Day and build a future where every woman can thrive. International Women’s Day serves as both a celebration of women’s achievements and a reminder of the work that lies ahead. As we reflect on the progress made and the challenges that remain, let us reaffirm our commitment to gender equality and justice for all.

 

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