We the children of “Bharat Mata” pray to “Mata Rani” for peace, prosperity, good health and success in our lives yet our society at large considers women as the weaker sex! Strange but unfortunately a reality in most of the Indian households and the “traditional” mindset. On one hand we pray to numerous goddesses for their blessings and when that goddess comes to us in the form of a baby girl, it is considered a misfortune and in some cases she does not even get the opportunity to see this beautiful world. Whether we call it our hypocrisy or the male dominance that has led to the prevalence of such notions in our society, fact is we all are equals irrespective of sex, caste, colour, religion and even sexual orientations. We are all humans above everything else.
They say women are the weaker sex as they cry very easily, cry more often, are sensitive and emotional, yet they forget that it is a woman who goes through the unbearable pain of delivering a child and not a man, it is a woman who forms a bond with the child even before he/she is born and not a man, a housewife works tirelessly 24*7 without any salary so that the other members of the family can function well and lead a healthy life but when it comes to respect or value attached to her “work profile” the “she’s a housewife!” nudge downplays all the efforts and sacrifices she makes.
It is a well-known fact that in the 21st century, a woman has done everything that supposedly only a man could do. And they’ve done it equally well if not better than males. Be it climbing the Everest, going to outer space, joining the armed forces, heading the government, or even driving a truck or bus; women have done it all and continue to do so. We don’t have to prove that women are equal to men or they are as good as men. The very act of proving this is an indication that somewhere we believe, and even agree to some extent, that men are superior to women. We all are equals and have the same potential or capacity to achieve what we want. What matters is our belief in ourselves and striking at the right opportunity, if the opportunity does not come then creating one for us.
The reason why we’ve titled this article as this is that on the occasion of International Women’s Day we want everyone to celebrate womanhood, and by everyone we mean even men. The notion of “Women as the weaker sex”needs to be replaced with “Women the WE-KAR sex”. It is a girl who unites two separate households after her marriage, it is She who adapts and balances her roles towards her own parents and her in-laws beautifully, it is She who brings a new life into this world and is the 1st point of contact for this new creature. A girl who is well-educated not only develops her own personality but fosters, nurtures and shapes the lives of people of two households after her marriage. Having said this, it is also important to remember that marriage is just one part of a girl’s life, if and when it happens. There is much more to women than just marriage or their roles and responsibilities which come along with that. Women are known to be resilient, patient and tolerant by nature which helps them achieve success, handle set-backs well, and maintain healthy interpersonal relationships.
Let us all celebrate womanhood with a feeling of love towards them, respect in our eyes, value in our mind, gratitude in our heart and a sense of WE-KAR, i.e. unity and belongingness in our being. Happy Women’s Day!
“Extremists have shown what frightens them most; a girl with a book”
– Malala Yousafza
By – Kaartik Gupta
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