Time is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women’s Lives

This year’s theme for the International Women’s Day, 8 March, is “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”. The International Women’s Day (IWD) brings governments, business organizations, civil society organizations, and all communities together under one theme, to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, raise awareness and to pressure for all actors to ensure equality among men and women and also call to action for accelerating gender equality.

Working Together is Success: Men and Women for Socioeconomic Development

No one can do everything at the same time in a successful way. We all know that communities are made of men and women, and children too. So if all of us can aim development, this can be a huge success because each of us will contribute depending on their capacity. If only one side is involved, the other that has been excluded will not be happy. We need all of us to be happy through supporting one another. So, being against abuse toward women makes sense since they are our mothers, our wives, our sisters, our daughters and our friends and neighbors; one village should be one people united. One head is like a torn pocket, but two heads are better than one.”

Pad Man: Why still unseen in the ‘Eyes’ of Women?

Talking about ‘Gender Equality’ is one of the profitable ‘businesses’ in the contemporary development industry around the world. Even though the civilized society disagrees and discourages trading of human, in this modern development industry, the business communities, sometimes named as civil societies, buy and sell the problems of people: poverty, discrimination, violence, etc., and also adding to it they sell people if and when possible.

Women and children specially are sold and bought, as evidence of human’s sufferings, or icons of success, or items to generate funds, and to maintain the expansion of the industry. In every business, whether production or services, there are market and value chains, where there are producers, intermediate actors, sellers and buyers. The raw materials, after going through many changes, reach the buyer with a high price, which ultimately has to be paid by the buyer for the knowledge, strategies and competencies of the intermediate persons, while the producer at the end receives nothing.

All Human Beings Are Born Free & Equal in Dignity and Rights

Article one of the Declaration of Human Rights states that ‘All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with a reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood’.

The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 as ‘a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations’. People around the world, from today onward, get ready to a year-long campaign to mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of the UDHR. In this occasion, it is our responsibility to look back on our journey towards today, to assess the successes and failures and to determine a path for the future.