WHAT's YOUR SILENT REVOLUTION
Ok, it’s International Women’s Day (a.k.a IWD) ! And there has been a flurry of points & views! Not that I am complaining.. It has been a wonderful observance 🙂
Until a couple of years ago, when people spoke about Women’s Day, I thought of it as another Hallmark Holiday!
I nonchalantly joked, at this rate, we will also celebrate ‘Nothing’ someday. And guess what!! ‘National Nothing Day’ is actually celebrated on January 16th! Anyways, I will leave that topic for another day!
But then, out of curiosity, I went and checked in on the history of IWD. My perspective on this day completely changed!
WOMEN’s DAY FACTFILE!
Here is a short fact file to give you a perspective:
- The earliest Women’s Day was held on Feb 28, 1909, in New York by the Socialist Party of America
- On Mar 8, 1917, a demonstration of Russian women textile workers was the beginning of the Revolution.
- This led to the Government granting Women the right to vote!
- And then, it grew to be a National Holiday in Russia
- It was then adopted as the International Women’s Day (IWD) in 1975 by United Nations
- IWD has been championing causes such as Violence Against Women, Basic Rights, Poverty, Equality, Education, etc.,
This is a global platform to remind the world about the ongoing gender parity revolution! It is about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy & most importantly ACTION!
WOMANHOOD… THROUGH HER EYES!
As anyone else, I have been regaling myself with small joys of victory & contemplating over the failures of life, love & work.
However, my gratitude & fears of womanhood have come to the fore after I have become a mother.
Especially, when I look at the world through my daughter’s eyes!
It is very heartening to see that women today are accelerating this revolution, reaching new heights & breaking old shackles! However, I also fear the heightened violations, safety hazards, environmental concerns,etc.
They are all too real and here!
There has been a lot of debate about the commercialization & frivolity around this day! Yes, it’s true.
It is only natural for any nation’s economy to craft offers around a celebration. It has happened forever – Ganesh Chaturti, Diwali, New Years, Christmas… and now Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or Women’s Day!
I AM NOT & AM worried about the vanity surrounding this day. Confusing? Let me explain..
A group of gals going out for dinner, treating themselves to something new, sharing amazing quotes on social media. I AM NOT worried about that.. That’s totally fine! Infact, Women’s Day is about celebrations!
However, I AM worried when Women’s Day is ONLY about that! Remember, that Women’s Day is also about ADVOCACY & ACTION.
Through all these celebrations, let us not forget to commit & propagate our cause.
What’s your cause you ask? It is anything you feel strongly about!
We all feel passionately about various causes that impacts our life & culture!
They are different for everyone. Let’s unitedly stand for our diverse causes.
Support & be the Silent Revolution in the World. Even though, it is just the Silent YOU, remember you are never alone!
So, what’s your #mysilentrevolution?
“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization. It belongs to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights,” says political activist Gloria Steinem.
Of course, it’s ‘Women’s Day’ everyday.. Just that it is our Birthday today 😉1