March-8 : Day to remember women power




Our motivations may have changed but International Women's Day still an important day in the lives of many women. It is a day when women are recognised for their achievements, regardless of divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political, and it is an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await women in future generations. The day makes the society remember once again the contribution of women in the building up of the world into a better place for existence. It also makes the society realize about their duty in rendering equality in every field towards the women.
 Women have continued to be successful thanks to the commitment of the sisterhood in 1950 to achieve 75% of the male rate of pay or to have the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act 1999 passed. With 2011 celebrating 100 years of women's achievements, there are so many milestones still happening throughout the world that can be celebrated.
 One hundred years on, International Women's Day has become a global mainstream phenomenon celebrated across many countries and is an official holiday in about 25 countries including Afghanistan, Russia, Ukraine, Vietnam and Zambia. While generally the day has moved away from its socialist Suffragette beginnings to become more mainstream in celebrating women's achievements and women's rights, campaigners continue to remind that vigilance, rather than complacency, is essential in striving for women's equality.
 International Women's Day is marked on March 8 every year.  In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women's economic, political and social achievements. Started as a Socialist political event, the holiday blended in the culture of many countries, primarily Eastern Europe, Russia, and the former Soviet bloc. In many regions, the day lost its political flavour, and became simply an occasion for men to express their love for women in a way somewhat similar to a mixture of Mother's Day and St Valentine's Day. In other regions, however, the original political and human rights theme designated by the United Nations runs strong, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner.
 The UN theme for International Women’s Day 2012 is Empower Women – End Hunger and Poverty.
 President wishes on International Women's Day
 Indian President Pratibha Devisingh Patil has greeted all women of the country on the occasion of International Women`s Day, which is being observed tomorrow. In her message, she said: "Every year, International Women’s Day is being celebrated on 8th March, to dedicate ourselves to strive for a world based on gender equality and justice. It is a day to celebrate the spirit of ordinary women, who have played extraordinary roles in shaping their families, communities, society and countries.
 "At the same time, it is a day to reflect on the progress made in achieving the goal of all-round development of women, and of implementing a pro-active agenda of change."
She said women can play an important role in focusing on issues related to gender inequality, ways to eliminate poverty and on social practices that are disadvantageous to the development and empowerment of women and the girl child.
 "Women’s empowerment is an important field where more work, needs to be done."
 "On the occasion of International Women’s Day, I extend my greetings and felicitations to all my sisters in their continuing role and their relentless effort in shaping the destiny of our country," said Patil.




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