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March(ing) Ahead!

“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.” – Gloria Steinem.

The Global Community celebrated another International Women’s Day on March 8, this year… Although the focal point of this movement has been Women’s Rights since 1911, the concept of celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women is still very much confined to books, which may be said to be true all over the world. It is not that men do not believe in women’s empowerment, but women, too, do not believe in it! In fact, there is no Union for maids in any Socialist country. No one even bothers about their earned leaves, fixed salary, and medical treatments, especially in the Third World nations, in the 21st Century. Perhaps, it is because one has to sacrifice her/his comfort, if s/he wants to share their troubles. All of us need comfort, badly.

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This trend seemingly has made people a peculiar comfort-loving creatures. The modern human beings, irrespective of their genders, search for comfort everywhere… in the Social Media, in Television, in Multiplexes, and even in Popcorn! The same people also want the comfort of forgetting those women who have to walk 2-3km everyday to bring drinking water for their households in rural areas in the Third World countries. While some women suffer through considerable hardship, others spend their days in Air Conditioned rooms, wondering when they could be able to relax while standing under the shower!

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The truth or reality pricks just like a thorn… in a Developing Nation, like India, most of the rural (and also some urban) women do not enjoy toilet facilities. They don’t have access to sanitary napkins during their menstruation. Some of them even do not have any rights on their bodies so that they can utter a No to child-bearing!

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Sometimes, it seems that the world would certainly change, had the society could only ensured the women’s right to say “No“. Unlike the men, women cannot easily say this word easily in many countries. Women should learn how to live according to their own terms and conditions. They should also learn that the soil has the right to decide which crop to grow. Women should know that no one has the right to dictate terms to them. Else, there would be no need to celebrate the International Women’s Day on March 8 every year…

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