Today, we celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. We celebrate the women who came before us, those who fought tooth and nail to make sure that we got a voice that got to be heard.
We celebrate the women in our lives that continue to fight in their own little and big ways. We celebrate the feminists who fight fiercely and advocate for gender equality not only in our nation but all over the world.
The theme of this years women’s day is “I am generation equality: realizing women’s rights”. Its objective is to rally all persons of different age, gender, economic status, nationality, ethnicity, race and religion into actions that will ensure that we have a gender – equal world that we all deserve.
Everyday, women face gender bias challenges. From the business and corporate world to their own homes. Ever so often we here of gender based violence in form of sexual, physical and even emotional violence. This struggle is far from over despite the monumental strides that have been made over the years.
I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.”
However, we cannot fail to recognize the little strides that have been made over the years. For instance, look at our own political leaders. We have more women in the political arena than ever. Women who are governors, senators, MCA’s and other leadership positions by their own right. We could attribute this to the two-thirds gender rule but still that is an achievement by itself.
One of the recent historical milestones towards gender equality was in Saudi Arabia in 2018 when women earned the right to drive. After a long fight, the first driving licences were issued to women that year. This was and still is a very crucial stride towards freedom for Saudi Arabian women. We celebrate these women for breaking the shackles that hindered them from traveling at their own will.
My message to all women today, including young girls: You are special, you are a princess, you are a queen! Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Don’t let anyone treat you any other way. You are enough in the colour of your skin and in the curves of your body. You are beautiful and strong in your compassion, kindness, softness, and gentleness. You don’t have to trade your nature to fit in the male dominated world and last but not least:
Don’t let anyone tell you that you are weak because you are a woman