International Women’s day is a day dedicated to the recognition of woman’s nobility and goodness towards society and the world. It has been observed since 1910. It originated after the suggestion of International Socialist Women’s conference. It is also observed as anti-sexism day and anti-discrimination day.
Women’s condition in India
Women’s condition in India remains unsatisfactory. The country remains unsafe for them and the crime rate is increasing day by day.
The Government has taken various initiatives to save and educate the girl. Innovate campaigns such as Ujjawala Yojana have also been undertaken. However, the efforts have been of little consequence.
A mother/woman is considered to be the first guru of a child. But, in terms of women’s participation in the Parliaments, we are ranked at 147th position, out of 188 countries in the world. This reflects the poor participation and involvement of women in important affairs.
Moreover, as per the latest economic survey, out of the total population of women in the country, only 22% of them are employed.
At this juncture, women need to uplift themselves. They have a good number of role models around them. Women need to be aware of themselves and play an active role in decision-making, be it in family or society or country.
Few of the Women Icons in India
The list can be long. Sarojini Naidu, Mother Teresa, Rani Lakshmi bai are just a few.
Indira Gandhi: She was truly an iron lady. Her impeccable willpower, never dying spirit and love for the country is worth commending. The Operation Blue Star is one among them. She even had the will and the killer instinct to root out the Kashmir problem from India. Unfortunately, she was assassinated by her own bodyguards on 31st October 1984.
Kalpana Chawla: She was a famous astronaut, engineer and the first woman of Indian origin to go to space. She first flew on Space Shuttle Columbia in 1997 as a mission specialist and primary robotic arm operator. Unfortunately, in 2003, her mission Space Shuttle Columbia failed, killing all the seven-crew members including her. Thus, she became a role model for millions of Indian women.
Women in sports
Mary Kom: In sports, she is the one who has shown the woman power. Being a 37-year old mother of three kids, she won several medals in World Championships, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games etc. in women’s boxing.
Saina Nehwal, P.V. Sindhu and Sania Mirza have won so many medals at international levels which even their male counterparts could not. Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami, Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana are superb women cricketers at international levels. They have proved that cricket is no longer dominated by men only. The proof of this is their being runners up at the Women’s World Cup in 2017 and their current ODI ranking is at 2nd position, while Smriti Mandhana is occupying the top position in women’s batting rankings.
Women in music
Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosale, Alka Yagnik, Shreya Ghoshal etc. are some of the prominent female playback singers. They are well known in the world, thanks to their melodious voice.
Lata Mangeshkar is truly a woman icon who is also known as nightingale of the country. She along with her younger sister Asha Bhosale have been singing for decades and with same melody for which they have done in the past.
Besides, there is one music director who has made her mark in this filed. which is largely dominated by males. She is Usha Khanna. Her music is evergreen which she has been rendering for 5-6 decades.
Women in spirituality
The field of religion and spirituality has been dominated by men. Brahma Kumaris is the largest spiritual organization in the world which is led and sustained by women. The organization started way back in 1937 and Jagdamba Saraswati became the first Administrator of the institution. After her Didi Manmohini and Dadi Prakashmani took over. And now the organization is headed by Dadi Janki.
All these Dadis have surrendered their body, mind and wealth to serve humanity and shower selfless love to the world. As a result, today, the institution has 9000 centers in 137 countries. About 10 lakh brothers and sisters, who are called Brahma Kumars and Brahma Kumaris visit these centers daily and are making sincere spiritual efforts to transform the self.
Hope to see you in one of our centers soon!