On the 101st Celebration of the International Women’s day.
I am seriously… seriously… very busy lately. I almost got hit by a cab while crossing the road cos I was in a thinking very deeply. Things like, why am I working, what am I doing with my life, why did I leave our house (I’ll explain this later) , am I going to graduate… stuff people a LOT older than me would have be more suitable to think.
But today, is no ordinary day. I have to make time for this. No matter how busy I am … I will never forget… that today… is the celebration of Women’s day.
Exactly a year ago, I am sure that I was in the middle of my pre-employment check-up (for a different job) when someone called me and asked me to join their march for the celebration of this day. Unfortunately, it was the only day that was given to me by my then employer to finish the check up. I didn’t go. But, I was wearing a violet shirt. I still have the shirt from last year. You see, I asked the organizers to give me a copy of the shirt. I’ll wear it and take a picture of me in it sometime when I get the time.
According to the Wikipedia…
International Women’s Day (IWD) is originally called the International Working Women’s Day and 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.
It 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.
A brief history:
The first national Women’s Day was observed on 28 February 1909 in the United States following a declaration by the Socialist Party of America. In August 1910, an International Women’s Conference was organized to precede the general meeting of the Socialist Second Internationalin Copenhagen. Inspired in part by the American socialists, German Socialist Luise Zietz proposed the establishment of an annual ‘International Woman’s Day’ (singular) and was seconded by Clara Zetkin, although no date was specified at that conference. Delegates (100 women from 17 countries) agreed with the idea as a strategy to promote equal rights, including suffrage, for women. The following year, on 18 March, 1911, IWD was marked for the first time, by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. In the Austro-Hungarian Empire alone, there were 300 demonstrations. In Vienna, women paraded on the Ringstrasseand carried banners honouring the martyrs of the Paris Commune. Women demanded that women be given the right to vote and to hold public office. They also protested against employment sex discrimination. Americans continued to celebrate National Women’s Day on the last Sunday in February.
In 1913 Russian women observed their first International Women’s Day on the last Sunday in February (by Julian calendar then used in Russia). In 1917 demonstrations marking International Women’s Day in St.Petersburg on the last Sunday in February (which fell on 8 March on theGregorian calendar) initiated the February Revolution.
Following the October Revolution, the Bolshevik Alexandra Kollontai persuaded Lenin to make it an official holiday in the Soviet Union, and it was established, but was a working day until 1965. On May 8, 1965 by the decree of the USSR Presidium of the Supreme SovietInternational Women’s Day was declared a non working day in the USSR “in commemoration of the outstanding merits of Soviet women in communistic construction, in the defense of their Fatherland during the Great Patriotic War, in their heroism and selflessness at the front and in the rear, and also marking the great contribution of women to strengthening friendship between peoples, and the struggle for peace. But still, women’s day must be celebrated as are other holidays.”
From its official adoption in Russia following the Soviet Revolution in 1917 the holiday was predominantly celebrated in communist and socialist countries. It was celebrated by the communists in China from 1922, and by Spanish communists from 1936. After the founding of the People’s Republic of China on October 1, 1949 the state council proclaimed on December 23 that March 8 would be made an official holiday with women in China given a half-day off.
In the West, International Women’s Day was first observed as a popular event after 1977 when the United Nations General Assembly invited member states to proclaim March 8 as the UN Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.
(All of these and more can be read on this article in the Wikipedia)
On my personal notes:
Some might consider MALE as the first sex and Female as second sex (this is the ideology which was followed to create the idea of third sex) but I sooo hope it is not so. Because, as a female myself, I can see how very important we are to the society so why should we be second? That’s my reason why I am one of the advocates for equality. We are competitive and trained for multi-tasking since the day we were born. We can take care of a baby while watching t.v and cooking all at the same time and still manage to make everything excellent for crying out loud! We can work in construction sites like men, we are even bosses of some men in the sites… so why… are we second?
It is a definite maybe that it is because of the story of creation. It is said that God created men first, so why did he create women? it is said that God saw that man was lonely (are we their entertainers then? Yes we are, but… that’s definitely all we are.) I believe that even though the first one is the best one… the second will DEFINITELY be… a better one. Because God knows we are capable of doing more… God made us more.
Women’s Day 2012:
The UN (United Nations) theme for International Women’s Day 2012 is Empower Women – End Hunger and Poverty. In many countries, International Women’s Day is an occasion to honor and praise women for their accomplishments.
My final message to ALL the women in the world?
1. Be Strong: “Wake up everyday stronger than yesterday, face your fears and wipe your tears.” – a quote by anonymous
2. You are beautiful: No one can tell you otherwise. You are what you feel you are. Ugly is only an idea. There is no such thing as Ugly… only the absence of beauty… and beauty is found in everything. So, nothing in the world is Ugly. Even the peddlers in the street dressed in coal-coated clothes are beautiful. Some cannot see them… cos they are looking at a very bad angle.
3. You are loved: Remember that.
4. Cheers! To us! To all the women who cried, who laughed with tears of all their life. Who cried for a friend, who cried for their loved ones, to those who passed away and still remembered.
(Cheers! For my Mom, whom I seldom see but I know worked and is working tirelessly for a food on my plate, clothes for my body and a roof above my head. After 19 years… I have never once regretted that you were my mom. And another thing is for sure, I will never… ever regret it, not even for a second, a minute of my life. I can go wherever because I know you are with me. I love you and I know you love me too. Thank you for being my mom. Thank you and I love you.
For my Grandmothers. Whom I’ve only met for a few years but have left a big mark on my life. Who have made me laugh. Who were my greatest fans. I love you.
For my Aunts. Who took care of me since I was little. Who signed most of my school records. You are forever in my heart. I love you.
For my cousins and Nieces: You are irreplaceable. We love each other and you know that as much as I do. We seldom see each other but we know, in tough times… we have each other. I love you.
For my friends. We have good times and bad times, but it’s not so bad since we have each other. We are only truly lonely if we are mad at each other but we make up.
For my haters and the women I hate. We complete each other.
For the Women whom I’ve known but forgot, I’ve met on the street but ignored and the women whom I’ll never be able to meet: I will always be FOR you.
Last, For my Sisters. We fight and we drive each other crazy but that’s what sisters do. You are my friends. You are my enemies. I want you to live more than I will live and see more than what I will see and I know that my dreams for you are your dreams for me too. I love you.)