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.