Celebrated annually on the 8th of March, Women’s Day purportedly exist to mark the long struggle women have endured back in 1917 in order to acquire the same rights as men. But is this the message this ‘great’ day is actually projecting? From me, it is a resounding NO!
Women’s Day actually does more harm than good. Why? Because it gives out the misconception that ‘Women are superior!’ On the contrary the objective should have been to call for action on gender equality and actually raise awareness of the struggle those women (not all women of the world) underwent to beget the same rights as men. But, I wonder how a title termed as ‘Women’s Day’ also includes men and is supposedly pertaining to equality!
On Women’s Day, what I witness, each year, are mostly senseless posts stuffing the social media. Posts like “Today is our day” or some nonsense such as “Women are superior” or even some men saying “why isn’t there a men’s day?” which is biasedly replied to as “what did you do as man to have a day for your race?” Like seriously!! But, what if I ask: what did all women do to be celebrated?
If we are really vouching for gender equality, then why celebrate only a women’s day and not a men’s day though it is a universal fact that we need both to get the world going. Yes, I agree that the society has always been a patriarchal one and men do not feel need to fight for their rights since they already got them as a ‘birth right!’ But when women fought and got theirs, why declare an international day for that? Does the obvious need to be proven? If women really see themselves as equal, do they need to prove that? No! Would it not have been better to call this day a “gender equality day?”
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Those who think that we will achieve equality one day, well, keep dreaming. With words like women’s day and feminism prevailing, I’m afraid, I do not see that happening. We say ‘respect ladies’ We say ‘ladies first.’ See, the outright discrimination! If we actually stand for equality, why do not we promote stuff like: ‘Respect everyone?’ Is this as difficult? ‘We aim for equality’ is just for namesake. Our behaviour and thought processes speak another language altogether.
Most men who speak against women’s Day and query why Men’s Day ( 19 November) is not as globally recognised are in fact raising a very crucial point. Equality is achieved when we work at the level of people’s mindsets. If the so called Women’s Day itself is sending out a wrong message of superiority, then no men will be in favour of it. I mean, which gender would agree to be ‘trampled’ by the other one? None! So why feign superiority or inferiority when we are all equal. Equal as humans!
Women’s or Men’s Day should be abolished. Now, if the society is so keen to celebrate a day, better replace it by ‘Gender Equality Day’ or ‘Human Day.’ We need a more equal world. The 8th of March should be a Day everyone looks forward to because we are aspiring to be together and EQUAL.