International Women’s Day – Mohd. Ali Dashti

Reflectionist Mohd. Ali Dashti (ITBM 2021-2023)

International Women’s Day, celebrated on March 8th, is a day to celebrate women’s social, economic, and political achievements, reflect on progress, and urge gender equality. For more than a century, International Women’s Day has focused attention on issues impacting women worldwide. Today, International Women’s Day belongs to everyone who thinks that women’s rights are human rights.

A female leader is present in less than 15% of the world’s countries. Only 24% of senior managers are female, and 25% of organizations have no female senior managers. Women work in the lowest-paying jobs and earn less money for the same amount of effort. This disparity in compensation is known as the gender pay gap, and it is widening for young women in many countries, including the United Kingdom and the United States. Women are also more likely than males to undertake the majority of the housework and childcare. All of these issues disproportionately impact women of color compared to white women.

Women confront massive inequities in healthcare and safety as well. Every day, an estimated 830 women die as a result of delivery. There are some disturbing statistics on female murder as well. Last year, the UN reported that their spouse or ex-partner per day slew 137 women. Over half of all female murders in the world are done by the victim’s boyfriend or family. Women who have access to health information and treatment are less likely to be neglected by doctors when they complain of discomfort, and significant health concerns are sometimes overlooked for years.

In 1908, 15,000 women in New York went on strike to protest inadequate pay and deplorable working conditions in the industries where they were employed. The Socialist Party of America organized a National Women’s Day the following year, and a year after that, there was a meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, on equality and women’s voting rights. In Europe, the notion expanded and became International Women’s Day (IWD) for the first time in 1911, and in 1975, the United Nations recognized it. A March 8th International Women’s Day.

Children and men in various nations send gifts, flowers, or cards to their moms, spouses, sisters, or other ladies they know. However, women’s rights are at the center of International Women’s Day. Protests and demonstrations are taking place all around the world to demand equality. Many ladies wear purple, the color of women who pushed for women’s suffrage. Marches and rallies against sexual harassment have recently acquired momentum due to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. There is still much work to be done in gender equality. Women’s activities throughout the world, on the other hand, are ready to do that task and are gaining traction.