All over the world the international women’s day is celebrated with different attitudes, styles, and enthusiasm on the 8th of March. This year it’s coming on Monday so there will be more participation. In some countries, even the women along with the whole of the civil society are unaware of this day. For them, it’s just any other regular day of their lives. Not considering the importance of this day and the celebratory impressions it may cause in the minds of the generations to come.
Now almost from all walks of life, one will see women participating and conjuring their powers and rights and taking responsibilities. The lives are now more comfortable and equal. Nevertheless, the pay in some sectors is still not equal to that of men.
Ex-prime minister of Britain David Cameron had tried to reduce the gender pay gap for women in all sectors of work by asking the companies to publish their payrolls for all gender if they have more than 250 employees.
In Hollywood, the pay gap is very huge sometimes. Some celebrities, like Patricia Arquette - boyhood actress (2014 best supporting actress), raised their voices at Oscar's speeches and talked about equal pay. The world was appalled to know that for the movie “All the money in the world” Michelle Williams made headlines when she was paid just $80 per day for reshoots as compared to Mark Wahlberg who was paid 1.5 million dollars.
In the developing world, women got the right to vote only because it has already happened in the developed world. It is indeed a miracle in that part of the world, which our counterparts didn’t have till the mid of the 20th century.
The scarcity of awareness among women in the developing world about their wellbeing, despite a “right to vote” (in countries where they can vote), may, at least partially, be attributed to the patriarchal status of the societies in one way or the other, and women remained the victims of the system.
The women in such countries have lots of dilemmas to face, for example, they have to be beautiful to get a proper spouse. If they are intelligent, they may be labeled as bossy. There are stealthy ways in which society is marking them worthless. If they happen not to be able to procreate, the attitude of people towards them is totally awkward, bizarre, and sometimes violent.
All these practices are sometimes against the laws of a country, but people (especially men) force them by certain pseudo and persistent moral policing. Those people are supported covertly by governments, organizations, social mafia, or most of the time by the civil society itself.
Some Honorable mentions
Parveen Shakir (24 November 1952 – 26 December 1994)
Parveen Shakir's poetry was well-received, and after her untimely death, she is now considered one of the best and "most prominent" modern poets’ Urdu language has ever produced. She died in a car accident at the age of 42.
Iris Chang (March 28, 1968 – November 9, 2004)
Iris Chang was a Chinese American journalist, author of historical books, and political activist. She is best known for her best-selling 1997 account of the Nanking Massacre. Chang suffered a nervous breakdown in August 2004, which her family, friends, and doctors attributed in part to constant sleep deprivation, dozens of herbal supplements, and heavy doses of psychologically damaging prescription medication.
Nasreen Previn Huq (18 November 1958, died - 24 April 2006)
Divya Bharti (25 February 1974 – 5 April 1993)
Divya Bharti was an Indian actress who worked predominantly in Hindi and Telugu films in the early 1990s. Known for her acting versatility and beauty, she is regarded as one of the most popular and highest-paid Indian actresses of her time.
Princess Alice of Battenberg (Victoria Alice Elizabeth Julia Marie; 25 February 1885 – 5 December 1969)
She was the mother of Prince Philip and mother-in-law of Queen Elizabeth II. After suffering a nervous breakdown in 1930, she was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and committed to a mental institution against her will. After escaping the asylum, the Princess led a nomadic, monastic existence, ceasing all contact with her family for years.
Qandeel Baloch: Fouzia Azeem (1 March 1990 – 15 July 2016), known by her stage name Qandeel Baloch, was a Pakistani model, actress, social media celebrity, and activist. On 15 July 2016, Qandeel Baloch was drugged and then asphyxiated by her brother M. Waseem while she was asleep at her parents' home in Multan
These women are from all parts and walks of life existed on different timelines. There are many more that are killed, raped in the name of control, genocides, and for more control.
The only crime when any woman is killed, raped, tortured, or enslaved is to show the hatred, violence that a group, nation, or individual possess. Women's sexuality is used against them, nevertheless, those groups; individuals, nations are depriving themselves of humanity, kindness, peace, and maternal instincts which are the essence of human beings.
Happy women’s day 2021, I would like to know from all those women who are reading my articles what are your views on these.