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International Women's Year
|by Dr. Kumarendra Mallick|
Starting from 1975 March 08 every year the International Women’s Day is celebrated across the world. Generally United Nations declares a theme every time. However, every nation can choose its theme, too. For example, the UN theme for 2012 is Empower Rural Women – End Hunger and Poverty. However, European Parliament has endorsed its theme: Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value.
The UN has emphasized that women and men be united to end violence against women and girls. It may be recalled that in 1999 UN had declared a similar theme: World free of Violence against Women. Not only that both in 2007 and 2009 such declarations were made to end violence against women and girls. As it appears and is evident, violence against women and girls goes unabated. That is not a good sign for a civic society in the 21st century. Such a trend needs to be curbed. This can not happen by equal pay as European Parliament thinks of. It can not be achieved by enhancing quota in jobs for women. It needs more heart searching on the part of the society. It needs a complete change in mindset.
However, there is silver line for each cloud. The pitiable situation can be reversed if our society and our policy makers recognize the presence of such conditions to begin with and then look for a remedy. International Women’s Day is a reminder to all of us and a wake up call to our policy makers. It appears this year’s theme ‘Empower Rural Women’s – End Hunger and Poverty’ is tailor-made for
Happy Women’s Day to all our women and girls in
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