International Women’s Day (IWD), is celebrated on March 8 every year. It commemorates the struggle for women’s rights. The day is in fact an official holiday in many countries such as Afghanistan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan; and a women’s only holiday in Macedonia, Madagascar.
U4UVoice talked to eminent women personalities of Jammu who emphasised upon the significance of a woman in the society. “The day itself depicts that there’s a prevailing inequality among men and women which must not exist in our society.”, said Sheetal Nanda, DC Samba. Unfortunately, gender discrimination is present across our society and has persisted for centuries.
A lot of efforts and as a consequence of modernisation and has improved the gender gap but will need more efforts to create an atmosphere equal for both men & women. “Although the situation has improved but stats reveal that it would take another 118 years for India to cover the gender gap.”, said Kavita Suri, HOD Dept. of Lifelong Learning, JU. Kavita, who also heads the J&K State Women Commission added,”International Women’s Day is a bookmark when the present status of women is reviewed and assessed.” It is important to learn from the consequences of our past mistakes and assessment of initiatives, to set framework for the future steps to empower the women. Sugandha Mahajan, DSP Jammu HQ said,”Women were generally apprehensive to take up jobs or bigger roles. So was I before joining the Police force which is among the best organisations. But times are improving – women demand more challenging jobs and are determined to deliver more than what’s expected from them, be it any field”. She added, “the guidance from my senior officers encouraged me to hold this position of office.
A good thinker must lead with an example. There are numerous examples of such women of substance who are our role-models for the posterity. The women of the present day must realise their potential and eventually transpire to glory.