“International Women’s Day” is a day especially dedicated to celebrate the essence of womanhood and their achievements and commendable contribution to the society. History is a witness that women have fought their way through exploitation, harassment and have managed to secure their rights in the public domain over the centuries. Several milestones have been achieved in terms of education, freedom of choice, liberty and equality. Education has indeed given a huge breakthrough to a large number of women to take a lead in enhancing the economy and stimulating growth in several countries. However, still a lot remains undone when it comes to women security, violence and discrimination against women and gender equality. Womanhood is a precious vocation, the essence of which lies in her natural ability to care, love and sacrifice for the other. Woman displays a wonderful range of emotions from being patient to being extremely courageous in times of crisis and critical circumstances. Woman is the foundation of the family and of the society, playing a vital role in the odyssey of life. She truly deserves all the honour, dignity and self-respect for being the person that she is.
The theme for International Women’s Day 2019 is “Think equal, Build smart, and Innovate for change”. It beautifully focuses on discovering innovative ways to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women in diverse spheres. Women’s Day 2019 exhorts every nation to provide unprecedented opportunities for women in every field be it science, technology, engineering, medicine or any other field. This will remove the barriers and accelerate progress through gender equality.
While we speak of women empowerment, education is one of the most important means of empowering women with the knowledge, skills and self-confidence with which they can change the world. Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of UN has rightly said, “No development tool is more effective than education of girls and empowerment of women.” Such statements and testimonials simply encourage effective action for advancing and recognizing women and their ability to bring about development. We need to provide healthcare, education, equality and a safe environment for women to fearlessly exercise their rights. “To empower a woman is to inspire a change because she has the power to transform the society.”
Today every woman needs to have faith in herself and believe in her own God given abilities and accept her unique skills and talents; learn to own them and use them fearlessly to contribute to the world. As we celebrate womanhood, let us give ourselves an assurance that – Future is bright, equal, safe and rewarding. Remember, you are born to win; your creator has endowed you with divine qualities of endurance, resilience and faith that can move mountains. Follow your dreams; follow your heart and never give up. Let us together make our voices heard for a better world that will translate the vision of empowering women to reality.
Wish you a very Happy Women’s Day!