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Tribute To The Women Whom The Society Fails To Recognise As A Mother

“I’ll soon be a mother”, she said, touching her baby bump gently with her fingers. She wondered what the baby would look like. Turned out, the baby couldn’t make it out alive.

“What makes one a mother?”, she wondered, while she was painting a lady with a child on her lap. She realised she can never bear a child. Little did she know, she is a mother too. A mother, a creator of art.

The woman who has been unlucky since birth, prays every morning, for a child to take care of. But she’s been stuck in a man’s body, a body that is unable to give birth. She adopted a child recently. The child calls her “mamma”.

The little boy who lost his mother after a year of his birth, visits her grave on every mother’s day to give her flowers. His father tells him stories of how they met, how she beautifully she used to sing, the words she used the most. Everytime the boy wants to see his mother, he looks at his father. The father wishes everyday his wife would be here. This mother’s day, the boy stared at his father’s eyes and wished “Happy mother’s day”.

The old lady sits by her balcony and recollects all the old memories. She thinks about the day when she got to know she’d be a mother. She had to leave her job for her daughter. Her daughter is now happily settled in a different city. She bought her a huge home where she, now, lives alone. Her daughter calls once a week. She counts her days until she’ll sleep peacefully.

Her family is so excited for welcoming a new family member. However, they abandoned her when she gave birth to a girl. Now she lives with her daughter alone in a tiny house full of love.

The new girl in the neighborhood lives alone. Whenever she introduces herself, she says she’s a proud mother. Her child is not a human being; he barks.

Happy mother’s day to everyone whom society fails to recognise as a mother (and to everyone else). You’re not angels. You are human beings. The world needs to understand that mothers bear pain too. That mothers do not possess special powers, and they need to be appreciated as a human being. More power to all the mothers!

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Don’t Celebrate Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on the 8th of March. It mainly talks about women’s rights. It is a day of global celebration that calls for gender equality.

The idea behind this special day for women came to a lady named Clara Zetkin, in 1910 when she was at an International Conference of Working Women, in Copenhagen. However, this day was made official when the United Nations started to celebrate it in 1975.

Why is Women’s Day celebrated?

Women have always been at the receiving end of gender discrimination. They have been declined basic human rights and treated as the inferior gender. Women’s Day was started by a group of women garment makers who were paid much less than what they worked for. They were even deprived of their voting rights.

Therefore, to fight against this discrimination, in 1910, an international conference for women was held. It was decided that every year, a day will be kept for women to talk about their rights and to recognise the great achievements of women.

However, women can still relate to most of these issues even after a century of years after the formation of the International Women’s Day.

But don’t celebrate Women’s Day for the sake of it.

Don’t celebrate Women’s Day if:

  • You catcall every girl you see, and then blame it on their dress. “She wore this tiny skirt. What am I supposed to do?”. Buy a burkha. For yourself.
  • You circulate misogynistic jokes and laugh at those to feed your own male ego.
  • You believe women belong to the kitchen.
  • You blame a woman when she’s raped or harassed; and you blame it on them being out at night, on their clothes, hairstyle, personality, existence.
  • You judge a woman for the amount of makeup and the kind of dresses they wear.
  • You treat women as an object.
  • You make sexist remarks or do not speak up when others do.
  • You ask for proof when women (or men) are raped.
  • You tell a woman how she should walk, talk, laugh, sit.
  • You think menstruation is disgusting.
  • You believe women are to be judged based on their virginity.
  • You think women are child-bearing machines.
  • You slutshame your ex-girlfriend (or any woman).
  • You are an anti-feminist.
  • You worship women on a specific day and belittle them on the rest 364 days.

Celebrating Women’s Day does not mean you respect women. Infact, it means nothing.

Before you share women’s day quotes, remind yourself of all the violence done against women.

According to the World Population Review, South Africa has the highest rate of rape (of about 132.4 per 100,000 citizens). It is mentioned in a post by the same website and I quote, “The United States has a rape rate of 27.3. As in many other countries, rape is grossly underreported in the United States due to victim shaming, fear of reprisal, fear of family knowing, cases not being taken seriously by law enforcement, and possible lack of prosecution for the perpetrator. Only 9% of rapists in the US get prosecuted and only 3% of rapists will spend a day in prison. 97% of rapists in the United States will walk free.”

We still need more years, or even decades, to see women empowerment and gender equality come into existence. One day a year is not enough for people to change. It won’t happen overnight, and to help people broaden up their minds, they need to be educated and made aware of the danger of gender discrimination.

So, before you type “Happy Women’s Day”, ask the women if they are happy today.

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I am a student, and a simple human being who loves to write, and to read everything that is readable. So I am here to share the poems and write-ups I write, and to read the posts you write as well. To write, to read, and to learn.

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