“The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power.You just take it “
What is International Women’s day ?
It is a day to celebrate the Women- the woman who is a working mother, the woman who is a home-maker or the girl who is standing against every odd to fulfill her dreams. It is to remind ourselves of the struggle she faces everyday in every corner of the society and as a social responsibility let us take small steps to abridge gender disparity.
International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on March 8 as a global day. Various events are organized all over the world to celebrate womanhood and campaign for gender equality.
Going back in history, the first International women’s day was observed in New York in 1909. It was organized to commemorate a protest by the Women garment workers Union in 1908.
The protest of 1908 revolved around power, gender equality and a plea for change, it’s 2017 and the plea has not yet transformed into a rage, a rage for change. Well time for HER to move from plea, petition and cordial requests and grab the power she deserves. Do not ask for it girl! Power is in you and you are the change.
This year the theme for the International Women’s day is #BeBoldForChange.
How is the city celebrating International Women’s Day 2017 ?
The women of Odisha have proved their mettle in several spheres like politics, literature, sports , art, dance to name a few. Bhubaneswar has organized several art performances, talks, rallies, networking events, conferences and marches to recognize and celebrate womanhood.
The Fast and the Furious Women
Women from across the city took part in a car rally ahead of women’s day on 6th of march. It was themed on ‘the pledge for the parity’ the all women car rally started from KIIT stadium, scores of women riding their graffitied cars scurried through major roads of the city .The bold themes addressing dowry harassment, menstruation, sexual violence, breast and cervical cancer were seen artistically embedded in their cars. The initiative aimed to spread awareness and to foster women to be bold about issues that are always addressed in hushed voices.
The Arya Awards
The 5th edition of Arya awards organized by the Parichay Foundation celebrated the International Women’s day on 6th March at hotel Crown. Kailash Satyarthi, the nobel peace prize winner graced the occasion and felicitated 12 women achievers from Odisha for notable contributions in various fields.
He gave an inspiring talk and insisted that women should always raise their voice against any atrocity. He urged, “ Every girl born in India is herself a champion and a leader…The only thing is that you have to identify yourself, your power and then speak out”
The department of Women studies of Utkal University is organizing a street play competition. The plays aim to propagate consciousness of the problems faced by the fairer sex as well as the limitless potential of a woman. A city based social organization WISH is also conducting street plays themed “Jhia Nahin Ta Dunia Nahin (No world without girl-child)”.
The Bakul foundation and The Patha Utsav will be conducting several book reading sessions and theme based songs and dance programs. Bakul will exhibit books and story telling sessions centered upon Iron women from the past .Whereas Patha Utsav has taken up Womenhood as their theme of the week.
Say it with colours
The NKBT Trust (Nirmala Kruti Bikash Trust) organization recognized for its colourful and creative Rangolis have planned to display the Janpath road with hues of Rangoli on the occasion of Women’s day. The art work will spread the message of saving the girl child .A woman indeed brings colours to everyone’s lives and these people aptly represent them through art.
Several NGO’s like Red cross society, People’s cultural center, Educational institutes are conducting myriads of activities in different formats but the essence is to celebrate womanhood.
But these ideas involving the conception of these conferences and awareness programs should not end within the span of this week. It should proliferate in the conscience of individuals and the society as a whole.
Each one of us should come forward , join hands and take action to encourage women of all ages achieve their dreams, change our mindsets and question the established norms of the society which restrict women. We should recognize and value the contribution women make to our life and the society thereby building a gender-equal society. So be bold and bring that change.
We would appreciate if you share something about the wonderful women who make your life complete.Feel free to share your stories, events and campaigns in the comment section below.
And don’t forget to tell us how will you #BeBoldForChange ?