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Happy International Women’s day

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 6, 2015

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.

Womens Day New York

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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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. Read the rest of this entry »

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House GOP Committee Chair Recommendations: All White… All Male

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 29, 2012

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced who will chair all of the major House committees in the next Congress. And it turns out they all have something in common besides party affiliation: they’re all white men.

There isn’t a single woman or minority included in the mix of 19 House committee chairs announced Tuesday — a stark reality for a party desperate to appeal to women and minorities after both groups overwhelmingly rejected Republicans just weeks ago in the presidential election. The one female committee chair that House Republicans currently have, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), is stepping down because her term is up. While there are still two lower-tier House committees awaiting a chair assignment — the Ethics Committee and House Administration — neither committee has any women or minority members.

At least one Senate Democrat was quick to point out that something is missing from the Republican lineup.

“Disappointed to see House committee chairmanships in the 113th Congress will not include a single woman. -PM,” tweeted Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who included a link to Boehner’s press release announcing the chair posts.

A House Republican leadership aide declined to comment on the lack of diversity in the party’s committee leadership. The aide noted, though, that GOP leaders just put four women in party leadership. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash) is the new House Republican Conference Chair, Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kansas) is conference vice chair, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) is conference secretary, and Rep.-elect Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) will represent freshman members in party leadership.

To be fair, House committee chairs are typically chosen based on their seniority on the committee, and most committees don’t have Republican women or minorities at senior levels. In addition, there just aren’t that many House Republican women and minorities to go around. In the 113th Congress, which kicks off in January, House Republicans will have 20 women in their camp, compared to 61 House Democratic women. You can count on two hands the number of House Republicans who are minorities. By contrast, in the new Congress, the House Democratic Caucus will have a majority of women and minorities for the first time in history. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Tragedy of Child Brides

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 10, 2012

By Gordon Brown, Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; UN Special Envoy for Global Education

This Thursday the first International Day of The Girl Child aims to focus attention on two major issues affecting millions of vulnerable girls — the tragedy of child brides and the importance of girls’ education.

Ten million girls every year are removed from school and forced into marriages they did not choose. Girls of nine, ten and eleven are among those whose childhoods are stolen, and destined instead to a future of poverty and exploitation.

My recent report on child marriage makes clear that the surest way to end this scandal of child brides is to ensure that every girl goes to school. Ending the destruction of talent and opportunity that comes with early marriage would also generate wider benefits. Children born to very young mothers (who often live in extreme poverty) are more likely to die before their fifth birthday; keeping girls in school and out of marriage delays them having children so young. Prolonging girls’ education could therefore save an estimated 500,000 infant lives between now and the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goal on child mortality.

That is why every government, UN agency and donor should include in their education strategies clear targets for eliminating early marriage, backed by policies and financing provisions. On Thursday I’ll be supporting the call by a number of UN agencies and leading campaigners including Desmond Tutu and Mary Robinson to accelerate progress in reducing the number of child brides.

Commendable progress in narrowing the gender gap in education has been made, though far too many girls are still denied their right to schooling because of gender discrimination. This week Plan International will publish its findings on girls’ education. Providing girls with learning opportunities makes them less likely to be a child bride and more likely to be informed about HIV/AIDS, hygiene, nutrition and employment prospects. Read the rest of this entry »

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Subject for Debate: Are Women People?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 8, 2012

I’ve always assumed that women are fully autonomous human citizens—who vote, even!—but now I’m not so certain
Luke Sharrett / The New York Times / Redux

LUKE SHARRETT / THE NEW YORK TIMES / REDUX
From left: Catholic Bishop William Lori, the Rev. Matthew Harrison, Dr. Ben Mitchell, Rabbi Meir Soloveichik and Craig Mitchell are sworn in during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Feb. 16, 2012. The hearing was called to discuss the Obama administration’s contraceptive policy for employees at religious institutions.

All my adult life, I’ve been pretty sure I’m a sentient, even semi-competent human being. I have a job and an apartment; I know how to read and vote; I make regular, mostly autonomous decisions about what to eat for lunch and which cat videos I will watch whilst eating my lunch. But in the past couple of months, certain powerful figures in media and politics have cracked open that certitude.

You see, like most women, I was born with the chromosome abnormality known as “XX,” a deviation of the normative “XY” pattern. Symptoms of XX, which affects slightly more than half of the American population, include breasts, ovaries, a uterus, a menstrual cycle, and the potential to bear and nurse children. Now, many would argue even today that the lack of a Y chromosome should not affect my ability to make informed choices about what health care options and lunchtime cat videos are right for me. But others have posited, with increasing volume and intensity, that XX is a disability, even a roadblock on the evolutionary highway. This debate has reached critical mass, and leaves me uncertain of my legal and moral status. Am I a person? An object? A ward of the state? A “prostitute”? (And if I’m the last of these, where do I drop off my W-2?)

In the hopes of clarifying these and other issues, below I’ve recapped recent instances of powerful men from the fields of law, politics and literature tackling the question that has captured America’s imagination: Are Women People? Read the rest of this entry »

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Miss England 2008 Laura Coleman Urges Feminist Protestors Not To Disrupt Miss World Finals

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 6, 2011

A former beauty queen has urged feminists to abandon their plans to protest at the Miss World final on Sunday night.

Campaign groups, including London Feminist Network, Object and UK Feminista, plan to demonstrate against the contest, which is being held at Earl’s Court in London.

A statement on the London Feminist Network website said: “Forty years ago feminists disrupted this sexist contest in a spectacular fashion, with chants of ‘we’re not beautiful, we’re not ugly, we’re angry’.

“Let the organisers and all those profiting from the event know that we are all angry that such an event is once again being held here in London, 40 years later. Bring placards, banners and raise your voice against this appalling offence against women’s equality. Let them know loud and clear that this event has no place in London in 2011.”

Miss England 2008 winner Laura Coleman urged protesters not to attend the event, arguing that pageants “empower” women.

She said: “Appreciating beauty should not cause anger. Women enter beauty pageants at their own will, they are not forced into it. I don’t understand why feminists think it is degrading, as pageants are actually empowering women. Ask any of the contestants.

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Forbes Most Powerful People List: Women Take Only 6 Out Of 70 Spots

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 4, 2011

   

Yesterday, Forbes released its list of the world’s 70 Most Powerful People. You would think that such a list would be filled with fascinating people of both sexes. But Forbes could only think of six women to fill the ranks.

While many have commented on the fact that President Barack Obama took the top spot, Forbes‘ decision to honor just six women — that’s 8% of the world’s “70 who matter” — caught us off guard.

This stands in stark contrast to the Time 100 list for 2011, which includes 34 women (34% of the list for those keeping count).

In a separate list, Forbes ranks the world’s 100 Most Powerful Women. The vast majority of these women didn’t make the Most Powerful People list.

According to Forbes, the ranking takes into account four factors — the number of people a person has power over, the financial resources a person controls, the number of spheres of influence the person has, and how actively the person wields his or her power.

Are these criteria rigidly objective, or did other female leaders deserve to make Forbes‘ list?

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Yingluck Shinawatra Voted In As Thailand’s First Female Prime Minister (VIDEO)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 5, 2011


Congratula­tion another young lady for increasing the number of countries headed by female.
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World’s Most Dangerous Countries For Women: Thomson Reuters Foundation Survey

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 17, 2011


I heard lots of cases in India but not in other countries. Due to dowry system every year hundreds of women are being killed there.
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International Women’s Day: To the Next 100 Years

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 8, 2011


Good stuff!
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Happy International Women’s day 2011

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 7, 2011

Respectable and Dear ladies,

I would like to wish my best wishes to all the ladies on the occasion of International Women’s day 2011.

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 come and eat first. Even they have to suppress their feelings. They are like toys and machines for men. Just I would like to give you all a clear picture in short about the situation of millions and millions of women in different parts of the world. 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 Read the rest of this entry »

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World’s Best Flirting Lines: Badoo Compliment Success Index (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 16, 2010


This is never ending episode I reckon. I watched this when I was in Australia in 2002 and still going on.
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Afghan Women Revealed: National Geographic Takes A Look At Women’s Lives In Afghanistan (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 5, 2010


Nice country with lots of natural resources, but facing lots of internal and external problems.
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The World Will Be Saved By Western Women

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 4, 2010

Interesting! Let’s see.
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11 Countries With The Best Economic Opportunities For Women (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 29, 2010


What about for men?
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/sep/22/angela-merkel-gender-equality
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