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Happy International Women’s day 2013

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 8, 2013


For most of you this sort of wishes could be enough, however; millions and millions women from different parts of the world, this day could mean something more than this due to various functions and commitments for them from different leaders and activists. They work more than men, but they are exploited, abused and violated by men. Somewhere they cannot eat whenever they want – they need to wait until their husband and other male members in the family come and eat first. Even they have to suppress their feelings. They are like toys and machines for men. This is the real situation of millions and millions of women in different parts of the world.

History:

For more than a century, March 8th has been the day to commemorate and celebrate the fight of working class and revolutionary women for a better deal and a socialist society. Its origins are in the struggles for equal pay and decent conditions amongst women in the USA in the 19th century.

On March 8, 1857, garment workers in New York City marched and picketed, demanding improved working conditions, a ten hour day, and equal rights for women. Their ranks were broken up by the police. Fifty-one years later, March 8, 1908, their sisters in the needle trades in New York marched again, honouring the 1857 march, demanding the vote, and an end to sweatshops and child labour. The police were present on this occasion too.

A conference in 1910 of socialist women involved in the Second International, adopted a proposal of the German revolutionary fighter, Klara Zetkin, to establish an International Women’s Day. Russian women began to observe this on the last Sunday in February, according to the pre-revolutionary Julien calendar.

In 1917 this was the day the working women of Petrograd literally started a revolution. In protest at rising prices and food shortages, they filed into the centre of the city, calling on all  fellow workers to join them. This was actually March 8th according to the (Gregorian) calendar used elsewhere in the world. 

‘Down with hunger!’ ‘Down with the war!’ Hunger was claiming the lives of thousands of children, along with those of older men and women, and the very sick and very poor. The First World War was claiming the lives of millions of farm labourers and workers at the front. The ‘February Revolution’ of 1917, which threw off the yoke of Csarism across the Russian Empire, was the precursor of the victorious socialist revolution of October in the same year.

Scenario in the 21st Century:

For most of you this sort of wishes could be enough, however; millions and millions women from different parts of the world, this day could mean something more than this due to various functions and commitments for them from different leaders and activists. They work more than men, but they are exploited, abused and violated by men. Somewhere they cannot eat whenever they want – they need to wait until their husband and other male members in the family come and eat first. Even they have to suppress their feelings. They are like toys and machines for men. This is the real situation of millions and millions of women in different parts of the world.

Solution:

Everything seems to be separate, but they are interlinked each other in many ways, so any incident in any part of the world could affect others in different ways depending upon its nature. Many activists, therefore, raising their voice for Balanced Development to minimize different social problems, but, undoubtedly, this is not an easy job.

As long as outmoded ways of thinking prevent women from making a meaningful contribution to society, progress will be slow. As long as the world refuses to acknowledge the equal role of more than half of itself, it is ruined to failure. Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women is, therefore, very important to go furthermore and make the world really civilized. Commitments assist us in our task, because they allow us to draw on the experience and the victories of women across the world. Your any sort of support, activities and even thinking in this regard may change the situation of the world.

Let me wish Equal Power and Glory to the Women of the world. Only this could make the world more Peaceful and enjoyable.

I would like to wish my best wishes on the occasion of International Women’s day 2012.

Have a magnificent year with unexpected achievements.

Ram Kumar Shrestha

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