On 8 March 1857, women working in clothing and textile factories (called ‘garment workers’) in New York City, in the United States, staged a protest. They were fighting against inhumane working conditions and low wages. The police attacked the protestors and dispersed them. Two years later, again in March, these women formed their first labour union to try and protect themselves and gain some basic rights in the workplace. This activism continued world-over, including Russia and in many parts of Europe, where the woman was considered half-human. This day was later incorporated by the UN as the International Women’s Day.
However, on such occasions, it is easy to get engulfed by the marketing buzz that goes around on such “Days”. We believe that looking at the background of the events that lead to the formation of Women’s Day, it is a must for each person whether Man or Woman to fight for the dignity and honour of the womenfolk. It is also an occasion for the more privileged women to re-dedicate themselves to the cause of the under-privileged.
In India, women have played the most significant role in upkeep of our culture, traditions and most importantly the family. Our ancient texts say, “ Yatru Naryastu Pujayante, Ramante Tatra Devatah” – Where the women is worshipped, the Devatahs reside there.
Arise Bharat salutes the combination of grit, care and fearless endeavour that womanhood represents.
Wish you all a Happy Woman’s Day.
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