Time has played a crucial role in the history of ‘Women’. With the passage of time, the status and the treatment of women in society has taken different shapes. From being synonymous with the household chores to stepping onto the space, women have come a long way and created their own destiny. The Women’s Day has been a symbol of celebrating such women who have surpassed discriminations and emerged as winners.However,on this occasion of ‘International Women’s Day’ it is pertinent to make a powerful analysis of notion of‘woman’and revolutionary exploration of gender inequality and otherness.
The theme for International Women’s Day (8 March) 2020 is, I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights. Equality has been a decade-long topic of discussion, not just for women but for the whole society. Although women have gone through their bitter-sweet struggle for over a century of attaining equality in all spheres, the situation is nowhere close to what it should be. Gender inequality is still widely prevalent in this so-called progressive environment. The theme is aligned with UN Women’s new multigenerational campaign, Generation Equality, which marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Adopted in 1995 at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, the Beijing Platform for Action is recognized as the most progressive roadmap for the empowerment of women and girls, everywhere.
The recent survey of United Nations clearly reveals that in 2020 also no country in the world has achieved gender equality. Women and girls continue to be undervalued; they work more and earn less and have fewer choices; and experience multiple forms of violence at home and in public spaces.
It brings to us the reality of gender parity as we step into a new decade. This year’s campaigns, #Each For Equal, focus on the difference individuals can make. And how equality can transform the world of woman. It is everyone’s responsibility to make a change and contribute for the fruitful results. The most important in this is the gender equality in finance sector which ensures the progress of the community. In this juncture, we should analyse what are the sectors which really needs a constructive approach. The areas include championing women forging tech innovation, applauding equality for women athletes, forging inclusive workplaces so women thrive, supporting women to earn on their terms, empowering women through health education, increasing visibility for female creative minds.
The year 2020 represents a right opportunity to mobilize global action to achieve gender equality and human rights of all women and girls. So it is our duty to facilitate an atmosphere to reaffirm the commitment towards the womenfolk and collectively can work towards generating equal space for woman and make her the default not‘Other’.