Fathimath Rayya, 12A
What is Women’s day? According to UN’s definition, “It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political.”
Now, you may wonder: why celebrate women’s day? Why is it so important to spend one entire day focusing on women? Well, Women’s Day should be celebrated because, as Michelle Obama once stated, “There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” It should be celebrated as it is vital to recognize the role played by woman on a daily basis.
Women are the backbone of the society. They are warriors who fight battles everyday as they have been oppressed for centuries by almost every institution in the society; whether it’s family, political and economic system, religion or even education. Women continue to face inequality in different forms, from language and media, to the workplace. They are the ones who have fought for years, and continue fighting for equal rights, equal pay and equal treatment. They are the people who face glass ceiling, triple shift or dual burden. Yet, they are the most resilient.
Women’s day should be celebrated to recognize their power. To recognize their strengths. Women’s day should be celebrated to honor the work that they do, whether they are a housewife or a politician. Women’s day should be celebrated to end the stereotypes surrounding women regarding their occupation, strength and what not. It should be celebrated to end all obstacles they face that stops them from achieving their goals. It should be celebrated to ensure that future generations of women have better life chances and opportunities without facing gender Inequality.
Lastly, Women’s day should be celebrated to commemorate influential and empowering women who fought and continues fighting to uplift the status of women; such as Susan Anthony, Simone De Beauvoir to Michelle Obama, it is important to recognize their fight against the patriarchy.
Therefore, it is important to note that our responsibility as women is to empower one another plus act as a united front against all discriminations and double standards we face. We must work together to create a society with individuals that does not look down on others based on their gender, ethnicity or religion where everyone has equal opportunities and rights. As Sheryl Sandberg once stated, “In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.”
This can only be achieved if we #PressForProgress