Friday, 7 March 2014

Much more to do for a Happy Women's Day



WOMAN’S DAY- A day dedicated to women, to remind the world about their contribution 365 days of the year. The day should not be about celebrating our superiority in comparison to men. This world will be able to nurture kids only when there is balance between the roles of men and women. Woman’s day is a reminder to us to cherish being a woman, cherish our strengths, our emotions. So what if we cry for TV soap characters, so what if we throw a tantrum at that time of the month!
In my bachelors and masters study of sociology there was a subject about society and women, it outlined the status of women in our society, how it was in the days gone by and how it has evolved from keeping women safe in the home, not allowing them to study, burning them as brides, then the revolution of helping educating them, eradicating practices like sati and dowry, empowering women etc.
Women are revered in our religion; we have over a thousand different goddesses. The study of sociology helped me understand the basic need of society in keeping women safe: women give birth to children, so when you destroy the women of any society you automatically destroy that society. 
But as I read I wondered, are we as a society going full circle in our attitudes towards women? Female feticide, rape, urban dowry. Development cannot be in a circle because then you come back to the starting point which would be dangerous. This  is exactly what will happen to the status of women in society if we are not careful. The recent spate of rapes, molestations will lead to women being kept at home so that they can be safe. This would mean going back to where we started, women not allowed to go out on their own, families not willing to educate women due to the fear for their safety and families not wanting a daughter for the fear that she will be a burden due to safety issues.
Many important changes have taken place in the legal status of women by giving women the right to divorce, guardianship of the children in the case of divorce or widowhood.  The law also recognizes the right of a daughter in her father’s estates after his death. But for most of the women in this country it is just on paper, not being practiced by the very males (brothers) and females (mothers)  that are supposed to uphold this society and the right of women.
The older anti-social practices against women such as sati, child marriage or female infanticide have been replaced by new ones such as bride burning for non-fulfillment of dowry and female feticides. We don’t even have toilets for women in villages.



The world Conference of the U.N. Decade for women held at Copenhagen in 1980 has defined that ‘The improvement of the status of women requires a change in the attitudes and roles of both men and women.  Women’s development should not only be viewed as an issue in social development but should be seen as an essential component in every dimension of development.’
It’s time that women support women and bring about the change in the status of women in the family, society and workforce. Happy women’s day to you, to your lady servant who helps you, to your mother, to your sister, to your daughter, to your lady boss and to your women employees and all the mothers that you meet every day when they come to drop their children in your care.
Happy women’s day, may our tribe increase and prosper socially, emotionally and safely.

19 comments:

nagpur jumbo kid said...

Resp, Swati Mam , very inspiring Msg you have given us today . One famous author has mention five eternal guidelines for women - 1 Be cheerful suns of happiness 2.Study the worlds' foremost life philosophy 3. Live your life undefeated by anything 4.Foster friendships and humanistic ideals 5. Open the way to the eternal victory.Happy womens' Day to you Mam !

Snehal Pjk said...

Very True Ma'am .It would be genuinely worth celebrating if we were able to change people’s mindset and ensure security and safety of women. What is the use of such celebration when not a day passes without us reading about rape and torture of women. Good things will follow a change in mindsets. Not only will a safer space for women will come into being, but a better and developed society will follow suit....

Jumbo Kids Pimpri said...

This is a moment when we review past achievements and look ahead to the challenges that remain, as well as to untapped potential and opportunities. In moving forward, we are been ensured that women’s empowerment and gender equality stand at the heart of all of our work to craft a better future.
Thank you ma’am for empowering us with your word’s and Happy women’s day ma’am.

shilpa ghare said...

Happy Women's Day respected madam
Thank you for such a wonderful article, as women play important role in their life women are educated and are working successfully in various field but still in our society some women are not aware about their rights this article made us feel deeply about them when we celebrate Women's Day will share this article.

Aur.harsultpoint Pjk said...

Happy women's day to you ma'am
The message given by you is really inspiring and should reach each and every person in the society. Women's day need not be a grim reminder of all that is terrible but can equally be a celebration of all that is wonderful.

Uma Nagdeo said...

"A Women is an epitome of tenderness, care and wisdom.", on this women's day, I wish all my women friends a great life. Even in 21st century women face discrimination and prejudice, yet women all over the world continue to work hard and made a difference to alter their lives and even other. We should always acknowledge the contribution of women in every sphere of life. we should respect the role of women in society. This wonderful article will inspire us to cherish the spirit of womanhood.

jayshree shah said...

Wishing you a very Happy Women's day
Your article is very important stating the facts about women in past & present . Every woman has to respect other woman and bring the change in Soceity .Women has great strength and we hope for a better future and safety of women.

Bhavna Dwivedi said...

Happy Women's Day to you Ms. Vats.On this day we are thankful for the tools that you have given for our little one's safety .The tools that help even a toddler to differentiate between a good and a bad touch and ensure their safety. We are thankful for your wonderful parenting articles and books that enlighten us and makes sure our children get the best from their parents.
We are thankful for the wonderful future teachers that are being moulded and guided under your wings who in turn will ensure that the Kiducation torch burns brightly always ,in all ways and for the longest time possible....Once again Happy Women's Day to you Ma'am today and forever. Regards,Bhavna

Veena Sangli said...

Wish you a very Happy women's Day. This article is dedicated to every women in society.Every women in this country should know their women rights and every women should respect other women to bring the enlighten in social development in society.

Jumbo Kids Nanded said...

Happy Woman's Day Ma'am,

Thanks for such an inspiring article, and motivates us also to educate women in society for their rights and safety

Kamakshi Iyer said...

Respected Madam,

Happy Women's Day to you Ma'am. Thank you very much for your valuable message.

Suman Khandelwal PJK Gondia said...

Resp. Swati Mam,Thank you for such enlightening words. Its true that " When a woman wakes, mountains moves ".Happy Womens' day.

Suman Khandelwal PJK Gondia said...

Resp. Swati Mam,Thank you for such enlightening words. Its true that " When a woman wakes, mountains moves ".Happy Womens' day.

Jumbo kids Latur said...

Really wonderful thought.
Thank you ma'am for the guidance and view given on Women's day.
I wish you and all my colleague
Very Happy Women's Day!!

Jumbo kids Latur said...

Really,
Women can do almost anything she mind to..
She can swim the deepest ocean and climb the highest pick..
And can definitely bring about change and make the society awake...

Pramila p said...

truly a good article. A woman needs security and safety in the society and every day we can read in the papers about rapes and dowry deaths. people should save their mindset and give more respect to women.Hopefully in the coming years women will be treated better

Megha Raje Bhosale said...

Respected Mam , Happy Women's Day! As it is said that a child's chances of survival increase by 20% when the mother controls the household budget. Yet in many places, women, especially young women, have very little decision-making authority to be able to effect this kind of change.
But this thinking is changing day by day as the woman of today is getting more and more confident and independent .

kamal said...

Happy Women's Day to you respected madam.
This article has given us to think there are still women in the society who are not still aware of their rights. This article will inspire all the women's. Thanking you for the wonderful article.

Pjk Gwalior said...

Every day is a women's day for me from the day when i have learnt the lesson that "Woman are and not aren't".I am really thankful to Swati Ma'am for her guidance and her support and proud to be part of her team.
And wish all the women around the world that every day for them is also "Happy Women's Day".Thank You.